Today I’ve got some Viking-y whisky designed by Vikings for Vikings and… um, Vikings!
Yes, its Highland Park.
I used to be a big fan but the officials have been releasing lots of random NAS expressions (WTF does Dragon Legend mean anyway?!) while a load more indies have suddenly popped up as well as single casks that people seem to be dropping lots of money on.
Highland Park Dragon Legend 43.1%
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: Sweet! Sherry, raisin, some malt, no smoke, a little heather though maybe, honey, syrupy, golden syrup.
Taste: Soft, lacking power and abv, some weak Sherry tones, raisin, honey, a little heather. Screams Sherry finish to me. Not much development of flavour on the palate.
Finish: Medium length. More Sherry, more raisin, more honey and heather.
Thanks to my mate Mike for this sample. An exclusive for Tesco in the UK. Weak release from HP. Very average IMO. On my blind YouTube review I guessed that this was Glengoyne 10, but really it tasted younger than that.
Highland Park 2003 Single Cask 58.1%
Nose: Sherry and spice and all things nice. Ginger and honey come off straight away, intense old style oak, dark chocolate, black coffee, coca cola and heather, fig, raisin, prune and date. Oh and liquorice.
Water: More balance and complexity with cherry, more fruit and singed heather.
Taste: Intense, dry, old oak, dark chocolate, heather, cola, black pepper and ginger spice, lots of super dark dried fruit, raisin and blackcurrant.
Water: Softer, not as sharp, orange marmalade and cherry.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Blackcurrant, coca cola, dry oak and singed heather.
Bottled 2018 for Scottish Independent Bars at 15yo. 1st fill European Oak Sherry Hogshead. But there's only so dark you want your whisky! And this is very dark. The blackcurrant note is nice on the taste and it has a great nose but it left me wanting a little more from it, more smoke and more complexity from the taste, not just loads of dark sweetness.
Thanks for reading!
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Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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