N: Stronger abv here than the rest, and a firmer spirit that’s unequivocally seen fresh bourbon-cask maturation. The profile includes a deep creaminess [double cream], peat hints and iron fillings.,,,
N take 2: ,… but overall we’ve a young, rapidly-matured, simple-yet-firm malt. I find this slightly butyric in a Glen Scotia kind of way. Everytime I come back to this, I’m hit by those resinous vanilla virgin oak casks.
T: Ooh there is certainly peat, disguised greatly by the lactose notes on the nose. It’s remarkably sweet also. Quite a short travel but adding a little water pays dividends. The few things water brings is savoury-to-sweet barley/mineral/peat/cream, all swimming around as if in a swirling soup. It’s a tad lively & precocious,…
F: ,… with a firm-yet-unsustained smokey barley-led/malty finish.
C: A competent contemporary malt if not my preferred style. If you like this, I’d imagine you’ll love [young/NAS] Glen Scotia if you haven’t discovered it already. This whisky isn’t dry enough for say, Talisker. Bruichladdich does all manner of spirit from heavily peated to clean barley with Scottish barley [the Classic Laddie] in-between, but I’m unsure of age and distillery at the moment. Abv between 43-46?Score-wise, I’m currently wavering around the 82 mark.
I piece together a summary of my guess-work:
A contemporary young malt, most closely resembling many Glen Scotia presentations like the Victoriana for example. [82/83]
I’m guessing this is a 10yo at most, yet it also has NAS written all over it. Abv – 46%? It wasn’t Glen Scotia. I give up.
REVEALED: Bit of a sneaky choice this, as this firmly peated expression is unlike the regular HP aged range. Then again I’m not in touch with HP anymore. The marketing BS doesn’t touch/engage with me and frankly this peated young cask-led malt could be from almost any region. For me, there’s way too much overly-keen bourbon cask influence. Better off drinking bourbon perhaps.
N: Those resinous [virgin/1st fill?] casks are even more tiring than STR!
T: Again, the resinousness speaks but a wine-like juiciness combined with a dry smokiness piques my interest a little.
F: Still, it’s young and rather plain.
C: Unlike many of the old guard, lots of young folk are engaging with HP [and the GoT-like merchandising], and enjoying [even raving about] HP’s often under-baked whisky with little knowledge or experience about what’s gone before. I think the likes of Aldi, Lidl and certainly the independent bottlers have a huge part to play in engaging the new whisky crowd and introducing them to old & bygone-styled whisky with full maturation at an affordable price point.
Final score: 81 points