#479 • Berry Bros. & Rudd Orkney Islands 1999 KWM Cask

53.5% alc./vol.
Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

Another solid traffic jam that we had when we visited Québec Whisky de Andrew Ferguson, chief guru of Kensington Wine Market of Calgary, here is an "Orkney Islands" 1999 distributed by Berry Bros. & Rudd for the KWM.

Orkney Islands is not a distillery in itself, but it's a nice disguised way to iron the stock without naming it. We are right to think that it was perhaps part of the deal between the distillery and Berry Bros. & Rudd. There are (as yet) only two distilleries on Orkney, Scapa and Highland Park. If we play it Sherlock and trust our nose, we get right here at Highland Park in good standing.

As the Canadian athlete, humanitarian and militant said so well Terrance Stanley Fox, says Terry Fox (1958-1981):

Champagne is a wine used to baptize vessels to give them a lot of moss.

Nose:
Cream, grass and malt. Citrus, light heather and meringue. Almonds, vanilla and sugar butter. Alcohol is incredibly devious.

Taste:
Honey and vanilla, grass and heather, powdered sugar. Extremely floral. We finish with the spices of the cask strength, which delivers us a plank of oak barely wet with sherry.

Finish:
Mellow, woody and spicy. The rest of the flavors are driven by the degree of alcohol that is less aggressive than one might think.

Balance:
An excellent Cask Strength that was again brilliantly selected by the experts at Kensington Wine Market.

Score: ★★★★★