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Highland Park 16 years old 'Wings of the eagle' (travel retail)b

Very nice sherry influence HP

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@galgReview by @galg

22nd Sep 2018

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. Wings of the eagle is aged 16 years in sherry-seasoned American and European oak casks and bottled at 44.5% ABV and priced at €90 .

Nose: Very nice start with orange peel , candied oranges as well, quite a lot of oak wood (like!), and more sweet apricot , and a touch of dried fruit, mainly fig and date, that work quite well with pine resin sort of notes in the background, as well as heather honey , and vanilla. I tried looking for some smoke, or peat but there’s almost none of that…

Palate: Good mouthfeel, with more dried fruit, vanilla and spice. Hints of Marzipan, and quite a lot of yummy oak, pepper, and nutmeg, all well-integrated indeed, a hint of bitter cocoa and peat on the end notes, which adds a nice dimension (and yes, we’re in HP land).

Finish: Cocoa ,bitter chocolate, wood and some more earthy peat.

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5 comments

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

I can’t wait for the review of Highland Park “Blood of my Enemies” edition. wink

Seriously though, this sounds like a good whisky, which Highland Park is quite capable of producing in spite of all the silly Viking marketing (which I like and mock in equal measure)...

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@galg
galg commented

yes indeed. they have too many foolish named HP for GTR but this one is nice. they have used the Viking motive waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@DaveM
DaveM commented

@galg Don't look now but we now have the HP Valknut, another in the Viking series.

2 months ago 0

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@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

As much as I enjoy the Viking names and artwork, I fear it's just a gimmick to replace the superior product they used to have.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Anyone who wants to join an HP Viking marketing bash bandwagon—or just watch from the sidelines—might be interested in a current discussion on the My Annoying Opinions blog:

myannoyingopinions.com/2018/09/…

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