Highland Park Spirit of the Bear
Highland Park over the years have produced some really interesting drams, and their Travel Retail ranges have been ones I've liked a good number of before, and although they seem to be getting a fair bit of stick from some whisky quarters at the moment I was really looking forward to trying this range.
One of the lower end drams from the Travel Retail range this bottle goes for around £50a litre and you can pick it up when travelling through your local airport.
For me this came across as very familiar, lots of tasty manuka honey and tropical fruits on the nose and the low abv has gave it a much softer palate of melon balls and meaty parma ham, very easy to sip on this and for me very inoffensive.
Sampled as part of a twitter tasting organised by The Whisky Wire.
This is undeniably Highland Park, wisps of manuka honey covered plantain, then tropical mix (the one with the nuts, dried banana, dried coconut), there's a real familiarity about this.
Much softer than i was expecting, there's no heat or punch to this, melon balls and parma ham, with a wood burning stove in the corner of the room heating up veg soup. Hints of heather honey tingle
Slight tingle and warmth but easy sipping
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