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.
A decent peaty whiskey for the price. Nose is peat with sweetness in the background. Going down, smoke predominates with a slight citric finish. Very smooth w little alcohol burn. I bought a shooter for $2.50 at the local shop and got my money's worth but wouldn't buy a bottle
Love it. Good solid scotch as a staple
This is a smooth whisky with hints of smoke and sweetness.
Easy sipping scotch, complex, but smooth. You can taste the peat and smokiness yet neither are overwhelming to the palate.
Really easy drinking. Perfect amount of peat! Mild sweet finish.
Smoky with a hint of peat.
Smoother and more delicate than expected. Smokey without being peaty.
This dram seems to get docked points due to perception, but if I may, let's set some expectations - if you like Highland Park's flavor profile, if you like a hint of peat, and you're ok with a relatively simple whisky with minimal evolution on the palate, then you'll appreciate this for what it is. If none of that sounds good to you, then you won't like this. Magnus actually hits way above its price point IMO. It has a similar profile to Highland Park's Full Volume which is an 18ish (give or take) year whisky aged completely in bourbon barrels. Magnus tastes like a younger, less sophisticated version of that. The palate actually has a very nice hit of Orkney style peat to it, followed by some late citrus/grapefruit. The longer you hold the whisky on your palate, the more light honey comes out. The finish is longer than you'd expect for a dram of this price point, and brings with it a mellowing of the peat and some really great citrus/honeysuckle notes. Great dram for the money; even better if you're already a fan of Highland Park's profile.
This was another I found good for the price. Not my favorite, but definitely worth a try.
Light and smooth finish. Not very smoky/peaty. More of a light fruity flavor.
Want a simple scotch to get you over that hump into the world of peaty goodness? Here ya go, friends. Just don't let that small bottle fool you into a wicked hangover.
A good entry level dram for those who are looking to try scotch for the first time. If you appreciate subtlety in your whisky, you’ll like this.
Nice balance of peat and sweet, without deep smoke. A decent dram, but lacking some os the richness and layered flavors other Highland Park bottles have shown.
Nothing to right home about, but nothing to disparage
Peaty, band aid with faint matchstick smoke. Peppery spice. Minimal pineapple/fruit flavor. Would prefer more smoke and less peat.
Smooth but not my first choice
A very good pairing with a cigar. Smooth, and very enjoyable.
For price and taste? Surprisingly awesome
I thoroughly enjoyed this scotch. I liked the smokey flavor. I felt that it helped balance the warmth, peat, and tannins.
I did not personally enjoy this it was Smokey but in an unpleasant way
Love this scotch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super smooth , nice smoky flavor, and at a great price!!!!!!
I am not a rye whiskey drinker but wanted to try it and was disappointed. It didn't have the smooth taste I was hoping for. I can't rate it because I didn't like it at all. But because of your program I get the chance to try things I wouldn't normally try.
The Galaxy Rum tasting was amazing. I would order any of the three, I totally enjoyed all of them. That's why I appreciate your program. THANK YOU, FELIX HOWARD
Very underrated and a must try! Very smooth with the perfect amount of peat (not overly peat-y and not too light). It doesn’t carry the instant name recognition as other brands but if you want to surprise that scotch drinker in your life with something unique, get them a bottle!
Nice taste. It was good sipping while watching TV in my easy chair.
Not a huge scotch guy, but enjoyed this. Not too much peat and smoke in the after taste. Good bottle of scotch for sipping
I see why it was free. Crap whisky. Very disappointed
Exceptionally smooth, almost too much so.
I am not a consistent scotch drinker but this introduction to the Highlander has really been rewarding! It is smooth and highly patable! A very unique and bold taste presentation. I prefer it straight with ice cubes! I little club soda with it now and then would be ok with me! Highlander Scotch Whiskey has my vote! I will be selecting it again! Vince Redmond! Wa State.
not for me but i respect the flavors. little too much for my sensitive pallet
The flavors were pretty good, but the aftertaste wasn't my favorite. It was a bit too smoky and a bit too sharp.
The flavors were pretty good, but the aftertaste wasn't my favorite. A bit too smoky and too sharp.
I am sorry I am not a scotch drinker. I gave the bottle to my son to have his father-in-law to try.
It was much better than I expected. It was smooth and oakey.
I didn't like this one very well
I expected more.
Mildly peaty in an interesting way.
Inspection: light in color, thin in thickness.
Aroma: Stong bite in the nostrils, Carmel smell, with herb notes.
Taste: Smooth at first. Definitely get the Pepper tate.
Exhale: Not much at all, after a couple sips you start to ger a bit of a burn.
Overall: This isnt one of my favorites. Probably won't be buying, this Bottle was a Flaviar gift.
Just ok. At first there is a bit and then it confused my palate
Not my taste too peaty but my husband loved it. Best he’s had for the price
I really liked this Scotch, to me it was smooth, and had a very strong smoky finish!
It was the best of the 4 I received but, not to my tastes. It had a strong alcohol taste.
Complex but very light and no staying power.
This was really good. So good in-fact I started a podcast about alcohol after receiving this. I'm not a super experienced scotch drinker at this point, but here is what I thought: It's slightly smokey, super smooth, and just great to sip on. No ice, or water needed here to experience a range of flavors. The alcohol burn was really subtle in comparison to say a 12 year Wolfsburn, and it was overall a bit sweet to my taste buds. I did pick up some spicy notes the more i sipped on it, but overall its just a nice smokey and smooth scotch.
Very good nice and smooth am enjoying it !
Inspection: Aromas are nice, color seems light for a Scotch, Thin in liquid.
Taste: Very smooth, yet a little Bitterness at first, then a nice little spice kick at the end. Wish it had maybe a stronger smokey flavor, so something. It feels like its lacking something.
Exhale: Strong Spice, Decent linger.
Overall: Somewhat of a Fan. At first sip it was interesting and seemed very smooth, once through my first glass, the smoothness seem to go away, maybe a bit of a SLOW sipper. I originally gave it 8 Stars but knocked it down to 7, after my first glass (Straight Up, Ice Block may help a bit). Would buy, for Sippin every now and again.
Tasted like it had a Viking funeral with all of the smoke and the slight rancidity from being exposed to a funeral pyre.
Not a scotch drinker (Bourbon guy) unless I have a cigar. I got a sample dram of Wolfburn Northland in my welcome box and Tried it without a stogie. Not bad but a tad on the peaty side for me and a little hot. I gave it 4 stars. My buds see “mmm or yuk” and not so much a flavor wheel. I also got a complimentary bottle of Highland Park Magnus in my membership and had this as drink #2. The Magnus seemed less peaty/smoky and more smooth to me. I’d consider buying another bottle if I ever run out of the free cigar drinking bottles I get as gifts from friends and family.
North America only expression. Very decent everyday dram that won’t wow you but won’t disappoint either. For $40, I’d rather get the much more superior Highland Park 12 (locally in Atlanta).
.... Yum ... smoky, dates, but much less peat than Laphroaig and a finishing fruity floral with a hint of the menthol 😊
I am a real fan of the highland park
Light and peppery with a clean finish. A solid introduction to single malt. Not complicated and not very peaty. Not something I would buy again, I like a lot of peat and smoke.
Not a fan. Was sent and I'm not even a scotch person.
Not sure what to say about flavor notes but it’s your basic highland park. Seems a bit young, but worth a try at 40$ a bottle you can’t go wrong
Not my normal flavor but good smoke taste.
Sweet after. Good.
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