Highland Park The Sword - Viking Collection
Highland Park The Sword - Viking Collection, NAS, 43 %
This whisky was matured exclusively in sherry casks, with a majority of these casks being refill casks.
The Highland Park The Sword - Viking Collection is now sold out, but you might still find a bottle at an online auction at around GBP 300.
Nose (22/25): This is certainly a Highland Park - no hiding that fact. We have the mild whiffs of smoke, mixed with that lovely honey sweetness right off. I also find caramel, mild oak, vanilla, soft spices, and red berries. Quite nice, I think.
Taste (21/25): Much as expected with that nose. Relatively mild and quite soft mouthfeel. Mild pepper, a pinch of salt, honey, dried fruits and a sugary sweetness.
Finish (22/25): More pepper, and actually more peat on the finish. Medium long. Fruity, with vanilla and a light touch of wood.
Balance (22/25): A fine dram from the Orkney distillery. Not much more to say, really.
Image from Master of Malt.
Sláinte! - Thomas