I have two (open) bottles of this. Both are 15 years old, and come in squat bottles, although the shape is not identical. And the labels are very similar... but not exactly alike. The one I bought a few years ago is really pretty good and fits the Kulsveen profile of that time pretty well. A little like Peter Jake's, if you're familiar with that one, but richer and deeper. The label printing is crisp and clear and the metallic trim parts have a slight shine to them.
The newer bottle's label looks almost like an Asian counterfeit. The printing is dull and not as perfectly aligned, and the character fonts themselves have more of that "Taiwan user's guide" look to them. The edges of the colors aren't as sharp as on the first bottle, either. In the photos below, the shiney print looks grey, but it's more gold-ish. The obviously mustard-colored printing on the other label is not shiney.
The whiskey inside is nowhere near as good. In addition to being way to old (yes, sometimes it can go even beyond MY limits!) and really sour, there is the distinct herbal flavor that I think of as the trademark HH yeast profile.
(Holy Moly! Am I doing tasting notes? Eeeeooooooo)[/i]
- The old version is on the left - new on the right.
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- Again, the old version is on the left - new on the right.
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