Origin: Orkney Islands (Scozia)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Edrington Group
Average price: € 70.00
Official website: www.highlandparkwhisky.com
We conclude this 2020 on WhiskyArt with one of the most recent proposals from Highland Park, the distillery in the Orkney Islands that for several years now has been inspired by Viking culture for the packaging of its single malts and for their launch strategy on the market. This is the first release of a Cask Strength which, according to the intentions of Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion, should enhance, in its purest form, the intensity and robustness of the distillery’s whisky.
The result of a blend of casks of different ages, with a preference for ex-Sherry American oak casks, it’s bottled at a remarkable 63.3% ABV, unchillfiltered and, as always for Highland Park, in its natural colour.
The colour is a beautiful warm gold.
On the nose, the calling card is a memory of panettone icing (sugar and almonds) in perfect harmony with the festivities of these days, accompanied by a scent of macaroons and a fragrance of butter biscuits that whets the appetite. Hanging on a light peat thread, a definite hint of eggnog and notes of dates and sultanas are stirred up by a white pepper spice. After a few minutes, a generous sprinkling of vanilla takes over. The full gradation is not disturbing and seems perfectly calibrated.
In the mouth, we proceed in micro-siphers interspersed with glasses of fresh water, so as not to run the risk of the high alcohol content numbing the palate. The alcohol tends to prevail for a few moments at the mouth, but the rest of the dram is a balanced and satisfying alternation of citrus notes tending towards sweet, and almond and hazelnut on that bed of light peat, with floral reminiscences, typical of Highland Park. After several minutes, a vanilla fragrance and a scent of spumiglie take over completely.
The finish is a little less long than we would have expected, of white pepper and hazelnut.
What is striking about this whisky is above all the balance of the aromas, which are not at all overwhelmed by the monstrous alcohol content. With a more consistent finish we would have come close to a masterpiece, but the quality is already remarkable and enjoyment guaranteed (not only for fans of Highland Park).
Happy New Year!
Reviews of Highland Park whisky in the blog:
Highland Park 12yo (1980s)
Highland Park 12yo Viking Honour
Highland Park 18yo
Highland Park Full Volume
Highland Park Valkyrie
Highland Park Voyage of the Raven
SMWS Nectar In a Hip Flask