Highland Park, “The Light” is the follow up release to “The Dark” ( obvious I know) and is another limited release ( ok 28,000 bottles is not exactly limited) With focuses more aimed at the lighter side of Highland Park with the use of re fill American oak casks..
Bottled at 52.9 % abv this 17 yo whisky is Naturally coloured and NCF..
Nose.. Gentle smoke leads nicely into a more fruity and fresh style of aromas, apple peels, ripe pear, vanilla and gentle spices balance the nose quite well.
Palate.. The smoke is a little more prominent with a spicier kick than the nose might have suggested. There is a fruity note to be found with apple peels, pear and a little citrus but they are all getting a spanking from the cinnamon, ginger and peppery notes..
Finish.. Oak leads into smoke.
Thoughts.. A decent enough release from Highland Park with some nice points but I have to think calling a release of 28,000 limited is stretching it a little.. Add a price tag of around £180-£190 and it relays a slight annoyance when they seem to lean towards greed and from what is essentially a fantastic distillery producing some great expressions like the 12yo and 18yo and it makes me wonder if they might loose their identity before much longer..
This is a good whisky, there is little doubt about that, but come on HP, please don’t follow the pound signs any longer.. Revert back to quality and value for money..
Highland Park – The Light.
With thanks to Highland Park for this official sample..