Not surprisingly, the price is once again exaggerated, but the Ragnvald is by far the strongest representative of this series to date and definitely one of the better Highland Park NAS. The nose I like really good, the taste comes Malt not quite in this plane - but without falling off brutally. A beautiful Highland Park, which is just - as often - offered at starl inflated prices.
At first, it reminds me a lot of the Highland Park 30. Juicy oranges and fruit notes mix with spicy impacts and some heather. No alcoholic sharpness, wonderfully soft and yet powerful in the bouquet. The used sherry casks are noticeable and give the Ragnvald a pleasant "juicy" aroma. Later, it adds a distinct vanilla note - very pretty! From the typical smoke at Highland Park in the nose only the hint of a trace. That with the aromatic nose can still be found at Highland Park. Let's see if the taste can match this time.
Mild and soft, surprisingly oily mouthfeel. The Ragnvald rolls over the taste buds and leaves a strong spicy veil. The influence of the American and European barrels is now becoming clear, and the slight influence of smoke is now more noticeable than in the nose. The fruit notes, however, are clearly in the background, which I think is a pity. Overall still kept pretty sweet, but they do not manage so decidedly in the foreground, so that a sweet and spicy mixture is created. Reminds me of some macha tea with honey.
Stronger than in the mouth, this is ensured by a subtle pepper note. Otherwise, here too strong spicy with slightly dry tendency. Are there any fruit notes? At best remotely to guess, here is the Ragnvald rather floral on the move - but in the end the smoke shows up a bit stronger and intensifies the rather medium-long finish.