Review: Highland Park 21 Years Old
Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Highland Park Distillery
What they say:
Drawing its incredible character from predominantly American oak casks which have been seasoned with sherry, our 21 year old is a truly dynamic whisky, with an intensely fruity and spicy centre, surrounded by complex layers of candied orange peel, dark chocolate and rich, slightly drier smoke. It is a malt whisky that rewards patience and delivers an experience like no other.
Natural colour, reddish gold Orkney sunset
Butterscotch, dark chocolate and orange
Full flavour, candied orange peel with spicy dark chocolate leading to a rich smoky sensation
Rich, complex, sweet smoky sensation then soft medium dry
What I say:
The final ‘special’ dram from the #TheDramTeam twitter tasting was this Highland Park 21 Years Old. Drawn from a bottle at £150+ a small shot of this ultra-special liquid represents the finishing flurry from The Dram Team’s inaugural tasting pack based around the scotch malt whisky regions and it is well worth the wait I can assure you!
Copper amber (7/20) quick but well-defined medium-to-fine tapered legs
Sweet apples, crisp green apple, rosey apple sweeties, brut Normandy cider, flock, chamois leather, heather honey, vanilla essence, cocoa, toffee, butterscotch
Smooth toffee and honey, subtle chocolate sauce, heather honey, malty cereal barley, apple crumble, wisp of peat smoke
Medium-long, heather honey, wispy peat smoke, vanilla essence, drying and moreish
Reserved and very classy, this has a graceful refined nature which rewards teasing out the subtleties across the palate. Tastes well-made, superbly structured in body and characteristics, there are just the faintest hints of smoke and heather which make this unmistakably Highland Park at its finest.
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