Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old

Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old

(0.75l, 52.9%)

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An exceptional seventeen year old Single Malt with a deep Sherry influence and a bit of northern smoke.

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.”

We don’t talk about packaging so much, but Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old comes in a gorgeous black-glass bottle. What’s inside is classic Highland Park’s lightly smoked Single Malt aged for a full seventeen years in ex-Sherry casks. It’s really simple math… superior Single Malt spirit, super-premium casks, lots and lots of time well-spent, and bottled strong at 52.9% ABV. And it’s a truly limited edition, with only 28,000 bottles produced — which might sound like a lot, but there is a clamoring world-wide fan base chomping at the bit to get their hands on a bottle for themselves. 

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich Dark Mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas will jump out at you with fresh-cut pine, Christmas spices, fruitcake, milk chocolate, and raw dough.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is full of rancio from the Sherry wood — prunes and raisins — on top of an herbal smokiness, ground coffee bean, almonds, and oatmeal.

The palate is followed by a longer finish with fresh mint, marzipan, mixed spice, and dark chocolate. 
Ratings & Reviews
Update to review: Still an excellent whiskey, and I thought £190 was ridiculous for it, but Flaviar now has it in for £257!! I paid £170. Strewth! Well worth getting, but shop around.
Quite excellent. A deep complex whiskey, although not as rich and thick as I was expecting. The presentation and bottle boost it a star, but the ridiculous price - £190 - drops it a couple. Still, if you have the money, this is well worth a punt - it's sweet and complex, subtly smoky, very smooth and with a beautiful finish that lingers.
An expensive bottle (and beautifully packaged) that I gave to a client. He asked me how I liked it and I said, "Don't know, heard great things but never tried it." He said well then you're not leaving before we give it a go. He's now a client, and friend, for life. This is a must have for special occasions, or unti you just can't wait anymore!
Absolutely love it. It's not a scotch I'd want to drink every day because the taste is so rich and dark, but it would be one reserved for special occasions.
This one is quickly moving towards a favorite for me. Strong and smoky on the tongue, but a softer or even gentle Sherry and cedar wood on the nose. The best of what I live about Islay combined with the best Highland Park had to offer. Bravo!
Extraordinary taste. You can taste all the flavors with a great finish. Highly recommended even for those non scotch drinkers.
The smoky chocolate. What a fine scotch is supposed to be. 10
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