Highland Journey Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Journey Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

(0.75l, 46.2%)


6.9/10
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A lovely and aromatic Blended Malt pulled from the enviable cellars of Hunter Laing.

Hunter Laing & Company is one of those old-time independent bottlers with a serious knack for finding rare casks of Whisky and issuing special, limited release bottlings that preserve all that character. That what they do and they do it really well. They have issued a few custom blends, but they specialize in rare Single Malts from their vast collection. But just this year they opened their own distillery — Ardnahoe on the the island of Islay — and we expect great things to come.

Highland Journey is blended from some of the finest distilleries in the Highlands and aged in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. As with any secret formula, the full list of participated Single Malts is a closely held secret. But the representative names Blair Athol, Clynelish, and Glen Garioch are casually dropped into the conversation as we review the dram. We all agree, however, that this is a lovely dram indeed. Aromatic, sweet and fruity on the front, and creamy on the finish.

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The naming designation laws in the UK changed a bit in 2009, so let’s review. “Single Malt” is made from water and malted barley at a single distillery. “Single Grain” is made from water, malted barley, and any number of other grains at a single distillery. “Blended Malt” is a combination of Single Malts, and “Blend Grain” is a combination of Single Grains. “Blended Scotch” is any combination of the others. All must be aged a minimum of three years.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Scotch Whisky
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46.2%
  • Distillery
    Undisclosed
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks

Flavor Spiral™

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butter
custard
apricot
lemon
sweet
spicy
caramel
marzipan
apple
What does Highland Journey Blended Malt Scotch Whisky taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Highland Journey Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas are lively with notes of fresh-baked bread, Highland florals, toffee apples, and fudge.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is rich, buttery, and sweet with custard, apricot, lemon muffins, and spice on the back palate.

Finish
The finish is medium length with a lingering note of marzipan.
Ratings & Reviews
Antti
Antti,
It is an intense, 'Blended Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth with notes of fresh-baked brown bread, Highland florals, toffee apples, vanilla fudge & mild smoke; while a bold & rich life adds notes of butter, custard, apricot, lemon drizzle cake, peat, cinnamon & cracked black pepper; that leads to a creamy death of medium length wtih notes of marzipan, caramel, ginger, Sherry, honey'd barley & crushed almonds.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Smokey, spicy, sweet and a little bitter all at once. Very approachable
 
Liz
Liz,
on a rock this was delightful. A bit of smoke, but not overpowering enough so that you can taste the other notes.
 
arne
arne,
Not my cup of tea. The spiciness overpowers most of the other notes
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is a light straw color. Nose starts with malt, vanilla, and just a hint of sweetness. First sip is very mildly smoky, with notes of spice, vanilla, malt, and a creamy texture. Further notes of subtle fruit later appear. Finish is a long hug of the peaty spice, that seems to intensify rather than fade as time passes. Overall, excellent creamy mouthfeel, excellent finish, good palate, sort of boring nose.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
drinkable
 
Todd
Todd,
Flavor spiral entirely different on card vs what is shown on website. Not sure about that mistake. Butter on the nose but smoky on the taste. Water makes it smokier.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Smokey, but not too much. Mild back end flavor. A little too complex with mixing flavors at the back, but a nice drink.
 
John
John,
Don’t trust the nose. Flavor is better than that. The green oak is strong and over powers the smoke which I appreciate. Overall though the nose though knocks it back for me.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Smooth and a nice flavor
 
Angela
Angela,
Not for us. Not as smoky, which is a good thing, but not that flavorful
 
Burton
Burton,
Promising nose with a nice balance of light smoke and fruit. But the taste is light and unfulfilling. Decent, but average at best.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
I had high Hope's for this being a peated whiskey. Weird oily taste and feel. Just no.
 
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