Highland Park

Highland Park 16 Years Old Wings Of The Eagle (44.5%, OB, 2018)

Highland Park 16 Years Old Wings Of The Eagle

Whisky Review

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What they say

According to the legends of our Viking ancestors, the might eagle which sits at the top of Yggdrasil, the sacred tree, represents wisdom and knowledge. The beating of its wings creates the winds that sweep across Earth.

Here, on Orkney, those earthly winds sweep across our island home too, reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour in winter. No trees survive such onslaught so our moorland peat is woodless, but rich in fragrant heather, producing the characteristic aromatic smokiness of our whisky.

16 YEAR OLD WINGS OF THE EAGLE celebrates our wild island climate. Its spicy and elegant character reveals a sophisticated combination of flavours, layered as intricately as the feathers of an eagle’s wing.

There is much to be told. An eagle sits at the top of the ash, and it has the knowledge of many things.

Gylfaginning, The Prose Edda, Chapter 16

Official tasting notes:

  • Glowing amber (average colour tint 15.5)
  • Sweet figs and apricots | Warm nutmeg | Chocolate coated marzipan | Aromatic peat smoke

What I say

Thanks to Tom at Toms Whisky Reviews for sharing a sample.

The final in the trio of Highland Parks’s new Travel Retail expressions, this time carrying the age statement 16 years old, matured primarily in sherry seasoned European oak casks.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark bronze (14/20), slow, medium tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Rich stone fruits; peach, apricot plus some apple, pear and orange citrus, heather honey, sappy pine wood or needles, green with a hint of smoke.
  • Taste: Sugary fudge or tablet, vanilla, peach, apricot, a touch buttery/oily on the palate, shea butter, milk chocolate, figs, almonds with some light woody spices.
  • Finish: Medium-long, dark chocolate covered crystallized ginger and buttery smoke.

Overall

Much more established fruit flavour here, a lovely touch of cocoa, buttery smoke and almonds. I’m not sure why but to me Highland Park always seems to taste best when matured in European Sherry oak wood.

Score 85/100

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