Highland Park 10 YO – Viking Scars

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a thick layer of honey and vanilla with dried fruits and red berries within. There are raisins and molten plums coming through, but the fruitiness is shifting over time. There is also an immidiate aura of oak hovering around the main flavours. After a second or two a very mild peatiness sort of makes itself known in the background. Over time the vanilla note takes over more and more and a lemon sourness starts to appear. There is a sprinkle of dust somewhere in the middle too. This is a nice and straight forward nose without any big surprises.

Mouth: It starts out with the sweetness up front and a bitterness in the back. It takes a while before it presents any descriptable flavours. First thing to unveil is a peaty background and a dusty layer just above it. In front of that there’s a spicy and bitter oakiness and on too there’s a mix of honey, vanilla and dried dark fruits. There’s also tobacco and black coffee and a big chunk of dark chocolate. The lemon note is still in there as a nice contrast to the heavier flavours.

Finish: It starts out with a mild, cooling peppermint. When it settles it reverts to being slightly peaty and bitter in the back with the sweet notes still in focus. The dried fruits gets a little more attention here just before the oakiness takes over. When it does it brings the peat forward and the finish is much more peaty which gives the whole a much needed depth. There’s still tobacco notes within. The oakiness is rather uninteresting and doesn’t bring anything special to the table. This is a nice straight forward dram which hugely benefits from time spent in the glass before consumption.

Additional information
The ”Viking Scars” name came from a rebranding 2017. It’s matured in ex-sherry casks made from both european and american oak and have natural colour.

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