Bought: Whiskysite, Holland, 16th February 2015
82.42/100 – Whiskybase (average from 54 member votes)
Initially released in 2011, this Highland Park was originally exclusive to Travel Retail. It’s still available in Germany, Holland and Belgium but I’ve not seen it online in the UK, or at airport shops in this county in recent times. With my whisky interest starting in 2013, by the time I discovered Drakkar I could only get it from abroad. Holland to the rescue again! Coming in at just under £40 seemed like a bargain for a 1ltr bottle but, if I lived in Germany, I could get it for the equivalent of £22.50! Sadly I’m yet to find a German shop that exports to the UK.
As a dedicated Highland Park collector, I shouldn’t let reviews worry me but I’m a bit disappointed about the comments Drakkar gets. Reviewers on Whiskybase are somewhat lukewarm with comments of “expected more” and “a rather everyday aperitif by Highland Park, which struggles to compete with their regular standard expressions”. On the plus side we get remarks of “still an acceptable whisky” and “a decent entry level Highland Park which gives a good impression of the distillery profile”.
Clearly the Drakkar isn’t a Highland Park that sets the whisky world on fire but I’m pleased to add it to my collection.