- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Inga Saga Trilogy - Edition Two
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Number of bottles
- 55.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 18 Aug 2010 2:26 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Saint Magnus
25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 points
- Well, I think this one really shows the potential of the distillery. There is nothing fancy about it, just the basic thing: sweet and heathery, lightly smoky and rounded, nothing special, the contents are just what they should and could be doing all the time. Actually bought a bottle for keeping a few years back. It was, of course considering facts of the matter, overpriced already then (about a hundred €). It actually took until now that it is getting even more (insanely in honest) overpriced.
- Excellent mole, nondescript and chained aroma foreshadowing boredom and despondency is replaced by an explosion of heat, joy and fun, power and depth are attached, pitches in the same place. If it were not for the fragrance, it would easily overstep the 90, and so - a little less.
Restrained, cold, grain, malt, dry grass, barnyard, salt, window putty, light smoke, smoked notes.
Warm, rich, sweet-oak with astringent bitterness, peppery wave, burnt dried fruits, dried apples, burnt biscuits.
Spicy oak, ginger, orange peels, coriander, rye bread, stout, dry herbs, a few needles and tar, very rich and warm.
- head-to-head comparison with 15 yo Earl Magnus and 18 yo Earl Haakon can be found here http://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2017/01/whisky-felling-tasting-2-orkney-saga.html
- Deep old golden color. Gorgeous, fresh, slightly smoky-sweet scent, as it arises when you throw fruit pieces, especially pineapple, on the smoker in summer. On the palate Sherrynoten, restrained sweetness - a caramelizing cinnamon sugar mixture, was mixed at the expense of sugar. Bitter orange marmalade, orange zest and cardamom give the malt at least a touch of pre-Christmas enjoyment. The cleanly integrated alcohol awakens all spirits. At the conclusion of the smoke is more pronounced, the finish is wonderfully elongated and occupied towards the end of the tongue with the characteristic film. Class! Now I feel warm again! For me, still one of the most interesting malts that HP has brought to market in recent years. The comparison to the current 21er and even the last 25yo he does not have to fear for my taste, which is a great compliment for the young saint, given the quality of this malts.
- Great malt, no doubt. If you omit all the junk (wooden box, story, high price) and put it on permanently, Highland Park would have climbed the top of the standard bottlings in this segment. So "only" remains the title as -for me one of the few really convincing special bottlings of recent years, which could almost justify their price.
Ashy smoke with initially slightly acidic notes, which I assign to the sherry casks. Quite a bit sulfur, superficial but very fresh and fruity, citrus fruits set the tone next to the smoke.
Great nose and really impressive for the young age. No comparison to the normal 12 highland park.
Restrained sherry notes surrounded by sweet smoke and some vanilla. Again, citrus fruits are between sweet-spicy oak and winter spices like cinnamon. Nice mixture of strong and subtle notes, which give a coherent overall picture. The strong volume percent and the noticeable smoke give the malt a certain mouthfeel, which nevertheless allows for lighter notes and does not have an overwhelming effect.
In the long finish initially sweetish-spicy, later a little bit more dry with mininum bitterness.
- Note by Serge:
Highland Park 12 yo 'Saint Magnus' (55%, OB, 11,994 bottles, 2010) A sequel to the excellent 'Earl Magnus' 15yo from last year. Mostly Spanish oak casks, of which 20% first fill. Please not that the picture is of last year's version but it should be very similar. Colour: gold. Nose: really punchy, starting quite smoky with hints of barbecued spare ribs with honey sauce and a noticeable kirschiness. It’s no gentle whisky – or is it a gentle brute? It’s also rather flinty and liquoricy, with some leather as well as quite some grass and spicy oak. Very nice but a tad rawish so far. With water: gets grassier, as expected, closer to the malt, with some smoked apples (or something like that) and maybe hints of banana skin and heather honey. Smoother but still quite ‘terroir’. Also damp clay, slight mouldiness, very pleasant.
Mouth (neat): really punchy, starting all on spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and a tarry smokiness that reminds me of some sherried Islayers in a certain way. The cinnamon is really big. Only marginally honeyed so far. With water: now it’s really excellent, with a great earthiness, roots (is that terroir speaking? ;-)), marzipan, a waxiness, notes of bitter oranges… Finish: long, with a wee dash of pepper and ginger added to the combo. The peat is more obvious too. Comments: it’s got an obvious relationship with last year’s ‘Earl’ but this one is maybe a little rawer – and, I think, peatier. Global quality is similar in my view, and this one swims very very well. A true islander. SGP:363 - 89 points.