I found this one too weak to be really enjoyable, lacked profile and flavour all round. Save your money and get the Dragon Legend which is cheaper & much better. Some pretty inactive casks in the mix I feel?
The nose starts with that typical highland park peat. Floral, sherry and a nutty scent. Obvious walnut and dried fruit. As the whisky opens in the glass it becomes clear that the peat is slightly more powerful than I am used to from a highland park.
I take the first sip and so hey! That's a whole bucket more peat than I expected. For a moment I was taken aback by it, but I pick myself up again and take another sip to explore the whisky further. The whisky is nicely balanced with the nose. Has a pepper, soft sherry influences, floral, plums, raisins, dried fruit but also certainly fresh fruit such as an apple and a pear and a wood taste. Yet something strange happens in my mouth with this whisky… the whisky starts out greasy but suddenly turns into an incredibly dry mouthfeel. Very special. But very welcome.
The finish has lots of pepper, some oiliness, nuts and that earthy peat.
Thanks to ronnholt for this sample. Around what I've come to expect from a NAS HP. Not too complex, but somehow saved by being bottled at a higher ABV which delivers the flavours favourably.
Compaired to the 10 and 12 there is a little more smoke, more peaty. It's also a bit sweeter on the sherry. Other than that, the usual HP notes; apple, citrus, heather honey. It's got both similarities and slight differences from the core range, almost like a mix of 10 & 18. A bit too much alc up front, but then it's at a decent 47% so I'm not complaining.
Starts of with a sweet and very nice rich caramel chocolate in combination with red fruits. Initially not much smoke, but it emerges midway as it gets a bit dryer. However I wouldn't call it peaty.
Medium lenght. Wood and smoke, drying and slightly bitter.
Definitely the weakest in this series. I find it difficult to build a pleasant world of pleasure - something bothers me. Inactive barrels take their toll. Not that complex either. Nothing bad, but for the price? (83/100)