After the official series of disappointments that the Orkney distillery has thrown into the world - under the motto "marketing before quality" - this great HP from Casqueteers manages to reduce my suspicion somewhat. So they can make really good whisky there for a reasonable price. The fact that they do not have their name on it is a remarkable lack of vision - if they have something good for a good price, there should be no Highland Park on it. Well, here is.
The spicy scent of the dunes and the sea is extremely pleasant and the ABV of 57.7% is never in the way. A pinch of salty softness, with rosemary, sage and pine.
The taste is earthy, smoky, slightly sharp - yes, almost 58% - but otherwise mild on the tongue. There is something savory about it, the pine wood is now freshly cut and there is resin in between, the herbs are concentrated.
Then just a drop of water - I am not often of the 50+ pure.
It will lighten the scent a bit - that will not be surprising. In the taste now more details and fortunately also a slightly sweeter edge. The slight smokiness is also more pronounced. I drank this one before, after another bully, and then it came in less loud, milder than now.
The taste is great now. Well balanced the herbs hang in the mouth and nose, the soft peat in the background gives the effect of licorice and the butter-babbler sweetie remains when the rest ebbs away (see what I did there?)
I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get a share. I understand the frustration of Oogadal, but I would still have thought this whisky was worth the money if it had cost 130 euros. The market is crazy and people want to get their investment out of it, I think. I also buy my shares of Casqueteers with mixed intentions, if I'm honest - but for this short term, it's unkind to start rampaging your luck right away, considering how many people were disappointed when it came out. Rightly so, by the way.