Highland Park The Dark 17 YO, 52.9 %
The Highland Park The Dark 17 YO is said to represent Autumn and Winter and has been matured in sherry casks. This is a “limited” run of 28 000 bottles. More details can be found here.
Nose: At first sniff this is more The Light than The Dark, but let’s explore a little further, a little deeper. Who knows what we might uncover. Ah, give it a few minutes and it sheds the light as an old coat. Hello Orkney darkness! It is a friendly darkness. It is sweet with honey and dried fruits. It is warm with spices – cinnamon in particular. It is rich with nuts and malt. A waft of wood smoke in the background. With time it reminds me of dark and dry chocolate and coffee beans.
Taste: Medium body but full on in flavor. Sherry fruits and sherry spices. A touch dry – cinnamon sticks and unsalted peanuts drive this. Sweet ashes. Maybe a little herbal or green – hardly noticeable on the nose for this particular whisky nerd, but it does tickle my taste buds just a tad – I think.
Finish: Medium long finish. Still relatively dry. Milder spices, the fruits less pronounced. A touch of bitter oranges. The sweet ashes are there all the way through.
Comments: Not as “dark” as one might think, but still a good whisky by any measure.