This is a great whisky, and for a standard bottling there is nothing standard about it. It was tasted here as part of a Highland Park Tweet Tasting organised by Steve from The Whisky Wire, and was the first malt we tasted that night.
Pale gold in colour, the nose was sweet and alluring; honey, raisin, and light toffee flavours initially. As it sat and opened up in the glass, the flavours deepened and we began to sense dark chocolate and subtle wisps of smoke. The palate was sweet but slightly drying with an initial rush of orange and cocoa, time brought out more cereal and spicy notes. The finish was drying and sweet with a beautiful smokiness that lingered a while. We found this ‘entry level dram’ surprisingly complex, not a whisky we had tried before, but definitely one for the LivingRoom cabinet of the future.
At this price (around thirty pounds), it knocks spots off standard bottlings from other distilleries at a similar price. We would wholeheartedly recommend this bottling and it stood up well to its older brothers in the Highland Park family as the evening evolved and more drams were tasted.