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Highland Park Leif Eriksson

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Highland Park Leif Eriksson

A very light colour with such a subtle nose too. Faint smoke, a whisper of toffee and some floral notes that fade in and out. My first impression was (initially) I found the whiskey weak/watered down. But, over time I found myself reaching for this bottle over some very good bottles. This is not my favorite HP but I like that it's different from the 12,15,and 18yo's. I would buy this bottle again but the 15 is at a similar price point with more depth. Next up... is an Alchemist bottling of Highland Park 19 yo that Mrs. Aulay has picked up for me in sunny California. I can hardly wait. Slainte!


Color: gold.

Nose: malted barley and a whiff of peat, with just a little something crisp like apples on a bed of light caramel sweetness.

Body: light.

Palate: grainy, nutty, and woody. A little dull.

Finish: sweet, short, and drying.

Bought this in the Moscow airport at the same time as the delicious Macallan Select Oak and found this one to be a big disappointment. I've only had the HP 12, but this has none of its distinctive charm. I rarely reach for this, and whenever I do, I immediately regret it. It isn't that this is a bad whisky -- it tastes perfectly fine. It's just kind of indistinct. I forget it as soon as it is gone.


on the nose grapes and summer aftershave fragrance. On the palate smooth, spicy but gentle, quite sweet, full body, the slightest hint of smoke. Very long finish with the typical HP drying effect. Very well balanced.

Yes, the Island upon which HP is made was once the province of men who went a-viking at the behest of their predatory "kings," which very well could have come originally from the Middle East. Five Kings (V Kings). Denmark (mark of Dan).


The Norseman Leif Eriksson was the first European to set foot on the American continent (eat your heart out, Columbus!), starting settlements in Labrador and Newfoundland in the early 11th Century. Highland Park introduced this limited release to the Duty Free range (although it is easy to find in regular stores as well) in 2011. It is a special HP as it only contains whisky from American oak, both bourbon and sherry casks, while the standard range matured on European oak. I tasted this at a very special location indeed, the Lars Homestead near Nefta, Tunisia, that I had just restored with a couple of friends. But that is another story (see www.savelars.com).

The nose is light and fragrant on oats, dried grass, earth and fruit. The fruit is primarily melon, pears and prunes. The whole is sprinkled with a pinch of salt. Rather spicy on pepper, vanilla and oak. I even get some fir needles.

On the palate, this turns out to be a lightweight. Very malty and sweet. Again some oak, vanilla and salt, closely followed by the fruit, joined by a lot of citrus. But the body leaves a lot to be desired.

The finish is short on sweet oak.

This certainly is not a bad whisky, but it is not a high flyer either. And it is not the conditions in which I tasted it, since I re-tasted it today. For that price (approx. 70 EUR) you can find much better HP.

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