Highland Park 10 YO – Ambassador’s Choice

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first, vanilla and honey covers a base of assorted red berries and a tiny leathery peat note. After a few seconds black liquorice starts to come through. The flavours slowly build up to become very pronounced but nothing more really happens on the nose. It’s laid back from the start but really opens up with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out mild, and the first thing to come through is a dusty honey note. Soon after a maltiness comes through together with some fresh red berries and a spicyness finally shows up. The fruitiness gets more pronounced with strawberries and plums. The small peat note is still found, but it’s sitting a long way back. There’s also a salty note somewhere in the middle of the palate.

Finish: A mix of the leathery peat note and dark fruits flare up. Now it’s ripe plums and raisins and they are accompanied by honey and vanilla. It takes a while for the oak to come through, and when it does it’s quite discreet. It’s sitting underneath the peat note and the dark fruits a long way down the line. It’s a nutty oakiness with hazelnuts. It’s juicy and there’s no astringency. The finish is without question the best part. This is a good solid whisky, but a bit muted and uneventful overall.

Additional information
The Ambassador’s Choice was originally only released in Sweden. It’s aged for 10 years in a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks made out of american oak.

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