Bought: Master of Malt, 23rd February 2018
83.56/100 – Whiskybase (average from 179 member votes)
As it stands in 2020, you can tell if a whisky enthusiast is a collector rather than an investor if they constantly acquire different bottles of Highland Park. It’s never ending! The distillery’s constant output of late has sent investors looking elsewhere, and bottles are taking a long time to sell out online. But if you like drinking HP and/or enjoy having a good HP range in your whisky den, the last few years have been a golden age for HP fans. Some may say they’ve cheapened the brand and that a release for Scottish Ballet is the whisky equivalent of a TV series ‘jumping the shark’ but the reality is, they’re still producing excellent nectar. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of HP, even if it’s wearing a tutu and tempting you to break out the nutcracker.
It’s over two years since ‘Voyage of the Raven’ was released and in general it has been very well received. Over 83.5/100 on Whiskybase from 179 votes is a solid score. It may only be 41.3% and yet another NAS (no-age statement) but it’s clearly HP through and through. Comments online include “beautiful creamy-oily, spicy and sweet sherry HP – very tasty”, “smooth and delicious”, “anyone who knows Highland Park knows what to expect” and “a sherry barrel falls on the Highland Park profile”.
Tasting notes from Master of Malt:
Nose: Chocolate mousse and black cherry, with a subtle wisp of floral smoke.
Palate: Peat is still in the background, but this expression is very much a showcase of Sherried Highland Park malt.
Finish: Drying Christmas-y spices last on the finish.
Here’s Horst Luening of Whisky.com with his thoughts about the Raven on YouTube (Jan 2018):