Highland Park

Fire Edition, Aged 15 Years

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Brand: Highland Park
Expression: Fire Edition, Aged 15 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 15 years old
Year of bottling: 2017
ABV: 45.2%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Laura Foster
Nose: Aromas of Jamaican gingerbread, funky farmyard (similar to Brettanomyces), rubber and orange juice mingle with sea breeze and sticking plasters.
Palate: Initially soft and sweet, with juicy orange, nutmeg, powdered cinnamon and ginger, before a salt-lined stick of charcoal draws a line across the palate. Pine resin and Szechuan pepper pop up too.
Finish: The gingerbread cake makes a comeback, with 70 per cent dark chocolate.
Comment: The nose is a little peculiar at first, but the solid flavours put those doubts to rest.
Taster   Mark Newton
Nose: Lively. A contrast between sharp red fruits and gentle smokiness. Very coastal, with citrus and a hint of nutmeg. Coal dust. Once it’s faded, notes of vanilla and strawberry jam.
Palate: Cinnamon up-front, with acidic, tart redcurrant and a slightly charred, bitter-smoke sensation rather than sweet-peat. Sun-dried tomatoes and oranges, suddenly tropical. Salty.
Finish: Woody, spicy, ashy. But there’s just something a bit lopsided about it all.
Comment: Brave, but the puckering acidity and ashy smoke don’t sit too well together.
Visit the distillery
Highland Park Distillery, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
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