Highland Park

Whitlaw 15 Years Old Batch 1

What they say

Batch 1 is a release of 979 bottles.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose: A butterscotch creaminess mixed with licorice and a pinch of ginger.
  • Palate: Smooth and creamy with vanilla, plums and cherries initially. Oaky notes with warming ginger and cinnamon spices emerge with time.
  • Finish: An oaky finish with more vanilla and ginger too.

What I say

Whitlaw 15 Years Old bottled by That Boutique-Y Whisky Company. Distilled at Highland Park distillery on Orkney which sits in front of the Whitlaw hills – hence the use of the name in Independent bottlings. So a 15 year old HP from TBWC, this should be good!

  • ABV 49.7%
  • Age 15 Years Old
  • Bottler That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Bottling Batch 1
  • Cask Undisclosed (Bourbon?)
  • Category Single malt whisky
  • Cost £100
  • Origin Highland Park Distillery
  • Outturn 979
  • Region islands
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance White wine gold (4/20), large, loose tears and thick legs.
  • Nose Gentle sweetness, some vanilla hints and dried apple, floral heather and gorse, citric lemon peel, candied, a touch of ginger, sharp pear and white balsamic.
  • Taste Medium-full bodied, oily but quite light flavoured on the palate, dried apple, vanilla, woody oak bordering on cardboard, touch heather honey and very soft smoke, refill bourbon cask?
  • Finish Long, nice floral and fruit sweetness accentuated by heathery peat smoke and salt.
  • Overall Yum, classic HP, very light initially. This one is all about the subtleties, wisps of heathery smoke and a sprinkle of smoked sea salt crystals!

Score 85/100

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