Highland Park Magnus

Highland Park Magnus

(0.75l, 40%)


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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. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    Sherry & ex-Bourbon casks

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pepper
peaty
herbs
tannic
pineapple
apricot
dates
floral
rancio
What does Highland Park Magnus taste like?

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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.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden straw.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Orcadian peat and rancio rise up to greet the nose, followed by florals and tannins.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
More peat and florals appear on the palate with dried pineapple and apricot and a dash of dates, herbs, and pepper on the back palate.

Finish
The medium finish is clean and drying, giving way to lemon zest, light smoke, and a whiff of menthol.

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Ratings & Reviews
Peter
Peter,
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.
 
Sean
Sean,
Too much peat. Tastes bitter. Never been a fan of Highland Park but thought I'd give it another try. No thanks.
 
Robert
Robert,
Nice light flavor, sweetie with a little water. Small on smoke (compared to a laphroaig).
 
Goldie
Goldie,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Carole
Carole,
Horrible.....Way too smokey. Gave it away...and not sure they liked it.
 
Gloria
Gloria,
Not at all my favorite. The not so good: flavors were "thin", no real complexity. The Good: not too Peaty
 
Corey
Corey,
Gave it away don't like smokey scotch.
 
Mark
Mark,
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.
 
Evan
Evan,
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.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
The aroma is horrible! The palate is only okay. Glad to taste, would not purchase.
 
jason
jason,
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.
 
Jason
Jason,
A little too oaky for my taste.
 
Alan
Alan,
For not being a Scotch fan I found this one to be surprisingly good. Just the right amount of peat for my palate.
 
Bridgette
Bridgette,
Too smoky and peaty for my taste, has a vaguely rancid flavor.
 
Paul
Paul,
More peaty than we like but not bad.
 
Nick
Nick,
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.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
It’s starts out harsh but with a little ice it mellows out nice.
 
Caleb
Caleb,
Very floral. It was strong at first, but had a decent finish. More of a blended whiskey fan, personally.
 
Rick
Rick,
Love the notes of honey and toffee followed by lingering smoke. For an entry level pour...I really enjoyed it.
 
Chris
Chris,
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! ;)
 
Israel
Israel,
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.
 
Doug
Doug,
Not bad...but there are so many whiskies that are a lot better.
 
J.R.
J.R.,
Too smoky/Peaty, drinks pretty hot, not very many developed flavors/notes
 
Brian
Brian,
Really enjoyed this one. Pretty smooth with a nice finish.
 
VINCENT
VINCENT,
Insanely sour, bitter, long dry resounding finish in the worst way. Begged anyone to take it off my hands.
 
Curt
Curt,
N/a
 
Matias
Matias,
Mellow, but interesting. Good to sip around, but don’t expect too much.
 
Carole
Carole,
It’s like drinking a campfire including scalding calls going down your throat. Do not send me Scotch ever again.
 
Carole
Carole,
Way too smoky! It’s like drinking a campfire. Harsh and stinging after bite.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
Smokey flavor is very intense.....too intense
 
Lee
Lee,
Very smoky, bold, just not quite there for me.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
If you really like smoke, Magnus is for you. Apparently, Magnus is for me.
 
Jason
Jason,
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.
 
Jasmine
Jasmine,
Didn’t like it. Too much of a scotch flavor.
 
Tar
Tar,
Smooth, easy and subtle for casual drinking. Recommend as an entry bottle to scotch.
 
Suzette
Suzette,
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”...
 
Tim
Tim,
Didn’t care for it but I’m not a scotch drinker.
 
Ed
Ed,
Please don’t make me drink this. NOT a fan.
 
Kristy
Kristy,
Really easy
 
Joshua
Joshua,
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.
 
Joe
Joe,
Rating was spot on. Good sipping drink. Definite smoky finish and a twinge of the peat described on the flavor spiral.
 
Steve
Steve,
Magnus was light, mild and easy on the pallet. I do prefer a more smokey peaty highland.
 
David
David,
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."
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Pete
Pete,
Very harsh. Initial taste is very bitter. Aftertaste is warm and sticks with you quite a while.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
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.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
I’m not a big fan of scotch but this one was pretty good.
 
Chris
Chris,
Tasted like dirt
 
Brett
Brett,
Not bad but not the best.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
My first Highland Park. Had some heat at 40%, seemed to be a rougher version of Caol Ila
 
Mike
Mike,
Not too shabby. I'd buy it again.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Pepper, hot, gross. We don’t like scotch
 
Brian
Brian,
Ain’t to bad
 
Pam
Pam,
I really like this scotch. Not that burn you usually get. Very smooth finish,smokey and light peat. This is one of my favorites.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
 
David
David,
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.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Worst tasting stuff I've ever put in my mouth.
 
Travis
Travis,
Not a scotch drinker, but as far as this goes it's light tasting and easy on the peat.
 
Robert
Robert,
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.
 
Marissa
Marissa,
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.
 
Claraine
Claraine,
I don't like scotch.
 
Josiah
Josiah,
Fantastic scotch for the price point. Nice level of peat, smooth with subtle fruit notes.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Like all scotch you can taste the peat it was made with. Reminds me of drinking dirt.
 
Carlton
Carlton,
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.
 
William
William,
I do not like Scotch
 
Baylan
Baylan,
8.5
 
David
David,
It’s pretty good for the price. A nice entry level to Highland Park.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
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.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very good for the price. Not overly complex, but a great introduction to the world of Peated scotch.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
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!
 
Eric
Eric,
Love this! And for the price, it’s amazing. Smoke, but not too much Smoke, with a smooth relaxed finish
 
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