Highland Park Hits Livingston

We recently had the pleasure of Daryl Haldane (@darylhaldane) from Highland Park coming out to visit us at Livingston Whisky Club for a tasting and talk through some of the expressions that Highland Park have on the market at the moment.

We also went through the Highland Park 18 Year Old and Highland Park Loki but as i have previously reviewed them on this site i decided not to add them in again here.

Once again many thanks to Daryl Haldane (@darylhaldane) for the great whisky, the "gid banter" and the insightful knowledge.

Highland Park New Make Highland Park New Make Spirit

Whenever i get the chance to try some new make spirit i jump at it with both hands, there's just something about it that i like, i know some distillers have likened it to Schnapps and i find it very interesting to see where the base product for the whisky i'm drinking comes from. You can also do this as Highland Park are one of the few distilleries who allow you to buy their new make spirit which you can pick up on their web shop for a very reasonable £21 for 35cl.

Bottle Name Highland Park New Make Spirit
Bottler Highland Park
Distiller Highland Park
Age* 0
ABV 50%

i really like nosing new make, there's a familiar note that i can't pin down, it's been described as playdough which i could agree with so will go with that. Then there's freshly scraped vanilla pods and custard with very light smoke and a spoonful of heather honey

Taste It is very easy drinking with a grainy sandy character more of the vanilla pods and heather honey and a touch of smoke
Finish really pleasant i could easily drink this

Highland Park 21 YEar OldHighland Park 21 Year Old

This was my first time trying the Highland Park 21 Year Old and i was really very impressed with this, the big brother to the 12 and 18, there's some really lovely orange fruit notes and spice and it really is a cracker of a dram. It's priced at the more premium end for a 21 Year Old but it's so worth it, easily picked up direct from the Web Shop or from Specialists like Master of Malt etc

Bottle Name Highland Park 21 Year Old
Bottler Highland Park
Distiller Highland Park
Age* 21
ABV 47.5%
Nose My first impression of the 21 Year old was "oranges" as that was the first initial hit of flavour, it's not just oragnes though it's satsumas and clementines, it's Christmas Stocking fruit, vanilla and creme brule with grated ginger spice, touches of smoke from a small beach bonfire and sea spray
Taste The palate is sweet and nutty, heather honey covered mixed crushed nuts, with satsumas and clementines touches of bonfire smoke
Finish sweet and touch of smoke with still oranges

Highland Park Thor Highland Park Thor

I had a wee half dram of this previously so was really looking forward to giving it a lot more of the time and respect that it deserved. Thor is a real butch man of a dram with powerful smoke and a very sweet notes with a big kick of spice. Sold out at most of the specialists Thor is still available from the Highland Park web shop.

Bottle Name Highland Park Thor
Bottler Highland Park
Distiller Highland Park
Age* 16
ABV 52.1%
Nose Thor begins with touches of smoke like passing a ham thats been going for a while, the smoke and meaty notes are tamed with sweetness, manuka honey, heather honey, dried fruits and mixed nuts and crushed ginger
Taste The palate is a real mix of sweet and spicy as it combines the sweetness of manuka honey with grated fresh ginger and a sprinkling of smoke
Finish sweet and spicy, with a gentle hammer thud of smoke.