Highland Park Raven

I have owned this bottle for one year and emptied it today. I have used the whisky for both drinking it neat and for mixing it in cocktails. It was just now I found the time to write my tasting notes – which is a good thing for the whisky. I (and the other ladies in our club) did not enjoy it much when we tasted the bottle one year ago. Today I find it to be a nice whisky, as you can read below. Maybe the whisky has changed a bit in the bottle, or maybe my taste has changed during that year?

Highland Park Raven is exclusive for the duty free market. It is bottled at 41,3 ABV. Here is what they say about it:

For our Viking ancestors, the raven was a powerful symbol of victory in battle, success on a voyage and loyalty to the god, Odin.

Intelligent and resourceful, ravens were the trusted guides of those those early voyagers as they left Northern shores in search of new horizons, flying far out across the sea until they found land. Highly prized for their navigation skills, ravens became symbols of good fortune on many a longship sail.

Matured in a high proportion of first-fill sherry seasoned oak casks, VOYAGE OF THE RAVEN delivers mouth-watering flavours of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, black cherries and marzipan, overlaid with our distinctive aromatic smokiness.

Warm smoke meets the nose. A malty sweetness. Raisins, peaches and baked red apples. Fizzy ginger ale. Salty smoke on the palate. It is “wet”, if you know what I mean. Spicy. I get white pepper, nutmeg, malt and salt. Some fatty taste from dates. The finish is very salt. There is still some maltiness and the palate is left with an oily layer.

My score: nose 20 / taste 21 / finish 20 / balance 21 = 82


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