This is a very important assertion because :
distillers try to make people believe that their style of product never change, and of course it is not true, due to the change of barley type, malting process, yeasts used....
In the case of Highland Park I discovered this whisky in 1984 (12YO) and as far as I remember this malt was much more peaty and smoky than recent versions. When I tasted the on-line tasting HP I rediscovered the same impression (as far as my memory is reliable).
What about tastings of the same version of whiskies released in different years(Laphroaig 10Yo, Macallan 10Yo 100°proof,..)
I first tasted Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky in 1968. It was 86 proof, and had a very good if not excellent nose and taste. Now it is 80 proof, much less expensive and not nearly what it was. This holds true for all the big name blends we get here in the United States: Johnnie Walker Black or Red, J & B, Dewar's, and Chevis Regal. Sometime during the late 1980's there was a big flap in the American press about how Scotch whiskies could cause cancer. It was after this, that the nose, taste and proof of these whiskies all changed. Now one must purchase the so-called single malt scotch whiskies to get an excellent product.
Has anybody tried the new Ardbeg 1977 (official bottling) ? I've considered buying a bottle or two, but at about £90 (including p&p), I'd like some more information first, like tasting notes,value etcetera.
[This message has been edited by mgmtmbeh (edited 13 June 2001).]
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