Saturday, 20 September 2014

Highland Park 10

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes


Small but brave Viking

Highland Park presented an absolute beginner's single malt, exclusively for Dutch and German markets in April 2013. Young, lower in alcohol and significantly smaller. Highland Park 10 is only sold in a 35cl version. Quite handy for people with a small drinks cabinet or a limited budget.

Identity Card Highland Park 10

  • Highland Park Distillery, Orkney (Edrington group)
  • 10 years old
  • 40 % ABV
  • 35 cl
  • exclusive to The Netherlands and Germany


Highland Park 10




Tasting notes


Colour: Highland Park does not colour its whiskies. Light yellow and slightly oily. It leaves thin, slow legs on the glass.

Nose: The nose is fresh and fruity. Ripe fruits, roses, heather and vanilla. Soft fruity notes of syrupy pineapples, oranges and peaches. There's also some sugar water and fresh mint roaming around.
Water makes it a little more bitter. Whiffs of honey, condensed milk and liquorice. Home made lemonade. This is a dram that only begins to get interesting after fifteen minutes in the glass.

Taste: The first impressions on the palate are bittersweet. Pineapple with its peel, light smoke and toasted oak. It evolves towards salted caramel and candle wax.
Water gives it more citrus notes. Be ware: one drip of water suffices!

Finish: The finish is short and dry. Bitter walnuts, coarse sea salt, rosemary and pink pepper.

Conclusion


Once again Highland Park delivers a very decent quality product. There's no need of superlatives. Sometimes being plain good and affordable is sufficient. No need to say more.

This 35cl version was sold exclusively in The Netherlands and Germany. I've already seen it appear in some Belgian supermarkets. The price oscillates between €20 and € 25. The price difference between the 10 and the 12 year old should be a bit bigger if you ask me. By which I'm not suggesting a price increase of the latter one.

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