I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the direction Highland Park are going. They’re still on of my favourite distilleries when it comes to the age statement range (which I think is great, although was better priced a few years ago).
But a multitude of NAS and ‘collectors’ editions riding on as much Viking themed marketing as possible has left me a little disillusioned. The latest in this seemingly endless stream of new whiskies is Dark and (the yet to be released) Light. I was lucky enough to get a taste of the Dark in the Whiskysite.nl shop and managed to write some notes.
Next then was the new HP Full Volume, which has a vintage, a higher strength and a reasonable price.
Highland Park Dark 17 52.9%
Nose: Really dark fruit and spices. Rich Sherry, fig, plum, dark chocolate, heather, sweet honey. Great nose.
Taste: Rich and intense. Spicy, red apple, dark orange, plum, dark chocolate, syrup, Sherry and coffee.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Espresso, dark chocolate.
Best thing from HP in a while. The balance is there, it is heavy but not overly Sherried. The HP character comes through. All in all this was great whisky but remember these babies don’t come cheap. Because, you know, Vikings.
Highland Park 1999 Full Volume 47.2%
Nose: Underripe mango, melon, very fresh and clean, clean malt, austere for an HP, almost Irish-esque with that 'green' fruit and oak, lemon peel.
Taste: Soft arrival, melon, underipe mango, green oak, sappy, clean lemon, orange peel, dry oak, vanilla, quite dry though.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Slightly sooty, melon, very dry finish. Nice though.
Distilled 1999, bottled 2017. Not a super 'full volume' HP (the Dark is much more FULL VOLUME HP) and I'm not a massive fan of this style but good on 'em for age statement, colour and abv.
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