A light and youthful Single Malt in the classic Orkney style.
Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland on the island of Orkney. Legend has it that it was founded by Whisky smuggler Magnus Eunson in the late 1700s and that he used his position as a church officer to conceal Whisky beneath the church pulpit. Don’t assume that “Highland Park” means their Whisky is made in the Highland style. In character, their spirit is closer to a midpoint between Lowland and Islay Single Malts. Perhaps the most famous Whisky connoisseur of all time — journalist Michael Jackson — called Highland Park, “The greatest all-rounder in the world of Malt Whisky.”
As you’ve no doubt read, Magnus Eunson was the founder of Highland Park Distillery. So it’s not surprising that they’ve named a few honorary bottles and editions after their patriarch — in fact there have been at least four that I can recall. Highland Park Magnus is the latest iteration, released as a core offering for the first time in 2017. It’s an NAS expression aged in a higher percentage of Sherry-seasoned American oak casks — with the remainder in ex-Bourbon casks. It’s lighter than it’s longer-aged brothers and a solid entry point for the Highland Park line-up.
The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Highland Park Magnus and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavour finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
A decent low-cost single malt. Very light peat on the nose - notes of vanilla, peat, citrus, and wax. More smoky and peaty on the pallet - a punch of pepper then a lot of sweetness, reminiscent of candied/dried fruits, and more vanilla. No depth or complexity, but a decent dram for the price.
Too much peat. Tastes bitter. Never been a fan of Highland Park but thought I'd give it another try. No thanks.
Nice light flavor, sweetie with a little water. Small on smoke (compared to a laphroaig).
New to the scotch game. Very aromatic, stings the nostrils. Smoky flavor and seems to coat the palate. Drinkable, will finish the bottle but won’t rush to buy it again.
I like this quite well. The nose had a nice citrus aspect to it.
There is a fair amount of sweetness to the taste, and a faint touch of peat. This is accompanied with a somewhat dry, peppery finish.
Horrible.....Way too smokey. Gave it away...and not sure they liked it.
Not at all my favorite. The not so good: flavors were "thin", no real complexity. The Good: not too Peaty
Gave it away don't like smokey scotch.
Smells and tastes more of grain than smoke, with a rather off-putting nose and almost vegetal flavors at first sip. The finish is what saves it for me, with more spice and sweetness than expected from the initial impression. I love Highland Park 12 Year, and this is a definite step down in my opinion.
This opinion comes from a matter of circumstance. Having come from a smaller distillery with fascinating origins, I took a bottle camping, and it, in a way of saying, saved me on an otherwise dismal trip. To me, this scotch provided everything I needed and left me satisfied beyond belief. It left a mark on me subconsciously and now is my favorite "go-to". I have not found an equal flavor composition in another bottle at any cost. I cannot recommend highly enough.
The aroma is horrible! The palate is only okay. Glad to taste, would not purchase.
Not a on the rocks sipper. Good flavor until you swallow. Overly smoky aftertaste. Not the biggest Scotch fan but I will do a little adventure mixing.
A little too oaky for my taste.
For not being a Scotch fan I found this one to be surprisingly good. Just the right amount of peat for my palate.
Too smoky and peaty for my taste, has a vaguely rancid flavor.
More peaty than we like but not bad.
Has a burnt smell. Not a strong taste. A little sweetness at the end. The peat is a little strong. But not bad. Just average.
Medium peat. Starts burnt, but each taste thereafter smooths out and releases the toffee and just a little fruit. Decent campfire aftertaste that lingers. Seems young, like it would improve with age. Overall a good and decently priced bottle.
It’s starts out harsh but with a little ice it mellows out nice.
Very floral. It was strong at first, but had a decent finish. More of a blended whiskey fan, personally.
Love the notes of honey and toffee followed by lingering smoke. For an entry level pour...I really enjoyed it.
Not bad - it took a while for the fruitier notes to come out in the finish. The peat was not as overwhelming as some I've had so I would say it was smoother, but it masked some of the other notes of the flavor at the start. I'm not sure I would buy this one again, but would gladly drink it if it was offered! ;)
This one was overpowering on all senses. While smooth, the peat knocked out any flavor of pineapple or apricot. The pepper on the finish was extreme and left a bitter feeling in my mouth.
Not bad...but there are so many whiskies that are a lot better.
Too smoky/Peaty, drinks pretty hot, not very many developed flavors/notes
Really enjoyed this one. Pretty smooth with a nice finish.
Insanely sour, bitter, long dry resounding finish in the worst way. Begged anyone to take it off my hands.
Mellow, but interesting. Good to sip around, but don’t expect too much.
It’s like drinking a campfire including scalding calls going down your throat. Do not send me Scotch ever again.
Way too smoky! It’s like drinking a campfire. Harsh and stinging after bite.
Smokey flavor is very intense.....too intense
Very smoky, bold, just not quite there for me.
If you really like smoke, Magnus is for you. Apparently, Magnus is for me.
My first real experience with Scotch. The peated aroma and taste is new and different. The more I drank the more appealing it became. It might not ever be a daily supper but it was enjoyable.
Didn’t like it. Too much of a scotch flavor.
Smooth, easy and subtle for casual drinking. Recommend as an entry bottle to scotch.
I don’t necessarily prefer scotch’s from this region as they tend to be a bit mossy for my taste, but this one was a GIANT moss bomb. If you enjoy a really deep and thorough tour of the regions topography through taste, this will be your jam. Otherwise, maybe a good one to save to “entertain with”...
Didn’t care for it but I’m not a scotch drinker.
Please don’t make me drink this. NOT a fan.
I'm not a scotch drinker, so this was a new venture for me. I enjoy it. It has a strong smoke taste to it and that covers any other notes that may be there for me. Overall I do not hate it, Its a good night cap drink. I will continue to taste for different notes, and write better reviews.
Rating was spot on. Good sipping drink. Definite smoky finish and a twinge of the peat described on the flavor spiral.
Magnus was light, mild and easy on the pallet. I do prefer a more smokey peaty highland.
Magnus provides a non-pretentious handshake at the front door and an evening of civilized conversation with a new neighbor. You can tell that it's a non-smoker and it wipes it feet on the mat before it steps in. Easy to relate to; Doesn't ask probing questions; and cleans up after itself. You're left with the sensation, 'That was pleasant. I should invite them over again."
This was a mild mannered single malt scotch. Light flavor and initial aroma but it did have a decent finish. For those that don't really like single malts and especially the more peaty highlands varieties this one would probably appeal to you. I like that stronger, smokier Laphroaig or Lagavulin heavier peat rendition of single malts so this one was a little disappointing.
Very harsh. Initial taste is very bitter. Aftertaste is warm and sticks with you quite a while.
It was ok. Personally I feel like you can smell and taste the barrel that it was aged in and it had a bit of a burnt flavor to me. Or maybe overpowered with peat? I just learned that here and maybe that's what I was tasting and it overpowered the rest of the flavors.
I’m not a big fan of scotch but this one was pretty good.
Tasted like dirt
Not bad but not the best.
My first Highland Park. Had some heat at 40%, seemed to be a rougher version of Caol Ila
Not too shabby. I'd buy it again.
Pepper, hot, gross. We don’t like scotch
Ain’t to bad
I really like this scotch. Not that burn you usually get. Very smooth finish,smokey and light peat. This is one of my favorites.
I would say it's 'smooth' - in the sense that it really doesn't register a very strong flavor. After trying Lagavulin the peat is almost not present in comparison. Would rather have something with a substantial signature.
Definitely not my favorite scotch. Every time I sipped it, I got a distinct whiff of what I can only describe as “cat pee”. As an owner of 5 cats, trust me, I know what cat pee smells like. And that’s what I smelled from this scotch. The flavor itself wasn’t bad at all, but I just couldn’t get past that smell.
Worst tasting stuff I've ever put in my mouth.
Not a scotch drinker, but as far as this goes it's light tasting and easy on the peat.
Well received this bottle today for becoming a member. Being new to the scotch family. I like it, can’t say I taste any notes that stand out but like the peat at the finish. Not a long linger but balanced well for me. On the lighter side but really like it.
Smooth, with a good balance of flavors where peat lets you know its there but doesn't overwhelm. Great for the price point and certainly one you can talk about with new scotch drinkers and those that fear too much body in the drink.
I don't like scotch.
Fantastic scotch for the price point. Nice level of peat, smooth with subtle fruit notes.
Like all scotch you can taste the peat it was made with. Reminds me of drinking dirt.
Not bad, but far too light and thin for my tastes. Not terribly surprising for an NAS dram, but I've had others with far more body and flavor.
I do not like Scotch
It’s pretty good for the price. A nice entry level to Highland Park.
Received this as a free bottle with my membership on Black Friday and I have to say it’s one of the best Scotch’s I have had the pleasure of sampling. Great taste with a smooth finish.
Very good for the price. Not overly complex, but a great introduction to the world of Peated scotch.
This is one of the best smoky scotches I’ve ever had! It’s a gentle, pleasant smoke flavor not the chewing on used coal briquettes you get with some scotches. If campfire flavored scotch is not your bag maybe this will be. It disappeared pretty quickly at my house, would buy again! Very easy drinking & yummy!
Love this! And for the price, it’s amazing. Smoke, but not too much Smoke, with a smooth relaxed finish