Named for the longships which Vikings used to travel around in, the Highland Park Drakkar was originally released for the Travel Retail market. With a good portion of Sherry-cask-matured single malt at it's core, this smoky dram is well balanced with generous helpings of sweet, juicy, wine-like fruit notes.
The distillery was founded in 1798. The name of this whisky does not refer to the area of Scotland known as The Highlands, but rather to the fact that the distillery was founded on an area called 'High Park' distinguished from a lower area nearby. Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor. The peat is mixed with heather before being used as fuel. The malt is peated and then mixed with unpeated malt produced on the Scottish mainland. In 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of The Scotsman, a national newspaper of Scotland. Whisky reviewer and expert Michael Jackson has called it "The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky."
|The Edrington Group (Berry Bros)||1798||active||Link||Link|
|Bottling serie:||Duty Free|
|Strength:||40.0 % Vol.|
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|Bottled for:||Travel Retail Only|
|Cask Type:||Spanish Sherry Cask|
Whiskyfun.com (Serge Valentin) wrote:
Nose: mellow and rather earthy and leathery at first nosing, with quite some overripe apples as well as shoe polish, which, in my book, is always nice. A little liquorice as well, vanilla, a bit of burnt caramel and roasted raisins, then gingerbread and marmalade. I’m quite fond of this nose, I have to say, it’s got something of the older HP 12s (silkscreened bottles and such).
Palate: of course the low strength is a millstone around this baby’s neck, but both texture and profile are most pleasant, with smoked herbs, green tea, plenty of honeydew, this leathery side again, then a briny smoke that’s rather ‘Islay’. Moderately smoky Islay of course. Anyway, a nice HP in my opinion.
Finish: not too short, and rather salty and smoky again. Only the aftertaste is a notch too leathery and bitter.
Comments: a good surprise, it seems that the travellers are not always only getting the NAS chaff ;-). Lost points though, because of the bitterish. (84/100 points)
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