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Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old Review


31st May 2018
Review of Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old.

Highland Park The Light 17 Year OldHighland Park The Light 17 Year Old is the second release in a two part series from the Orkney distillery which have been bottled to celebrate the contrasting seasons on Orkney.

The Light is a release of 28,000 bottles which have been bottled to celebrate the spring and summer months on Orkney, it was matured in 100% refill American oak casks and bottled at 52.9% ABV, for my thoughts on it see my review below.

The Light follows the The Dark which was released earlier this year and was bottled to celebrate the autumn and winter months on Orkney, it was matured in sherry seasoned European oak casks.

Both bottles in the two part series are releases of 28,000 bottles that have both been bottled at the same strength and at the same age, the only difference is the type of casks each expression matured in so not only do they tell the story of the contrasting seasons on Orkney, they also demonstrate the influence the type of oak used to mature a whisky has on the final whisky.

Presented in a green glass bottle, although the glass is not as green as the image would have you believe. The bottle and packaging are embossed with a serpent dragon design which takes its inspiration from the great Norse sagas and reflects Orkney's Norse and Viking ancestry.

Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old has a retail recommend price of 190 and you will currently find it available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Highland Park The Light 17 Year Old Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An enticingly light, sweet fruitiness, green apples and ripe pear, a little peach and some orange. A touch of vanilla and honey, just the very slightest whiff of smoke hiding in the background.

Taste: A juicy tropical summer fruitiness leads with peach and plum, a little mango and watermelon there also. A little vanilla, a lovely touch of pepper and honey.

Finish: Creamy vanilla and honey. Some peach and apple which fades first leaving some lingering oak spice and a little nuttiness. Just the vaguest hint of heathery honeyed smoke.

Comment: Becomes a little more spicier on the palate after a few mouthfuls, which subdues the delicious tropical fruitiness a little but the vibrant spices are equally delicious. Undoubtedly a lovely fruity summer dram but with a vibrant spicy twist. The Light is very much a non-sherried expression of the first expression in this two part series, Highland Park The Dark which was released last winter.

SMW Score 88/100

 

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