Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L0594Y L04 19/11
Added on
21 Aug 2017 12:17 pm by Nidan

Average value

€ 55.72

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Dragon Legend

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.01 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Typical HP

    Highland Park loves to profile itself with the slogan ‘best spirit in the world’, but many aficionados were somewhat disappointed with the distillery of late. The official releases are too many too fast and much too expensive. ‘Is it still about quality or is it all about quantity?’, I often hear. And still. From time to time a lovely HP is released at a normal price, like this Dragon Legend that costs less than 50 EUR. Let’s give it a chance, I say.

    It offers a very sweet nose on caramel and toffee, joined by apples, cherries, citrus and some dark plums. Somewhat waxy. Hint of white chocolate. Just a bit of Orkney peat offers some soft smoke and notes of heather. But all in all, this is a quite pleasant nose.

    The body is crap. Almost watery. Pity. But the taste is ok. It starts on salted caramel and toffee apples with a lovely spiciness from the oak, before the woodsmoke and peat kick in. It becomes syrupy sweet and creamy, which is a pleasant surprise.

    The finish is the trump card, for that is truly good. Medium long, a touch smoky and warm with some hazelnuts and toffee at the death.

    Dragon Legend refers to the legend of Sigurd, a folk hero who received wisdom by drinking the blood of the defeated dragon Fafnir. Oh, well. Nice, typical HP that certainly does what it should as entry level malt. Thanks, Manny!

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is was I call a good session dram, simple profile but it works well, none of the usual Highland Park Heather up front.
    • Nose
      Sweet orange smoke, peat, chocolate, a few toffee, notes, date slices, prune
    • Taste
      The peat mixes with toffee and a little caramel with some syrupy sweetness.

      There is some spice arriving, quite delicate and it adds to the overall juiciness of the profile.

      The sherry and peat mix well together and the peat is at the right level to compliment the profile.
    • Finish
      At first I thought this was on the short side finish wise but actually its all quite subtle with a nice sweetness.

  3. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice NAS HP in a good price, better than Valkyrie, VOT Raven and 12yo.
    • Nose
      Peat, caramel, vanilla, waxy apple, honey, citruses and salt.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruits, salted caramel, peat, wood smoke, antique skin and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, smoky.

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    More full-bodied, sherried and peaty than the Valkyrie, but less fruity. 86/87. The first BFYB HP in a long time.
    • Nose
      Caramel, raspberry, peat, vanilla, apple, cherry and malt.
    • Taste
      Typical HP peat. Chocolate, cherry, apple, toffee and malt.
    • Finish
      Milk chocolate, peat, toffee and hazelnut.

  5. Fabian scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's sweet, honey, salted caramel, floral, peaty! It's very nice! Better than the standard 12YO and IMO better than the Valkyrie! Smooth finish!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Now and again you do come across a really good NAS, not just in taste but in price also and this is one of them.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A real nutty nose and butter, which would make it peanut butter I suppose. That HP smokiness is just lingering about letting other things take centre stage. Freshly popped runner beans, naked natural bar, stinging nettles, Kiwi fruit and old polished wood.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The spice and the smoke mixes very well and there are offshoots of liquorice and dry roasted nuts. Can't fault the 43.1% it's spot on I would say. In fact you can imagine them at the distillery saying 43 just isn't there, a tiny bit more and it will be perfect. You never know it could have made the world of difference. Sometimes when I am out and about in the spring I will pick young stinging nettle leaves and eat them as I walk and this reminds me of them.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium to long. The spiciness holds the longest. Normally you get a bit of dryness but not here. The smokiness has the last laugh on the death.

  7. pdby scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Citrus peat, very soft, with the aroma of smoked orange, egg yolk, toast bread and vanilla popcorn, the taste is sweet, slightly sour, with tones of tangerines, caramel and vanilla, the finish is medium-long, pleasant, with the nuances of fried eggs with bacon and oranges .
    Pretty expected from HP nice profile with some interesting secondary nuances in aroma and taste. Better dvenashki will be.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22, t21, f22, b21] → | 86-89: Remarkable |

  8. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, dried fruits, peat with heather, leather, muffins, allspices, raisin and oak notes on nose.
    Sweet, fruits, dryness, allspices, light peated smoke, raisin, dried fruits and grass notes on palate.
    Spices, sweetness, raisin, dried fruits, oak, juniper notes on long finish.
    It’s a very tasty and interesting whisky.

  9. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Whilst the colour of Dragon Legend is similar to the 12 year old, and both possess the trademark HP heathery peat, the comparison for the most part stops that. This is rather the different beast. Dragon Legend pronounces both the sweeter and smokier aspects of the HP DNA – in many ways you could see it as a step in the direction of Valkyrie (released earlier in 2017) – and I find it largely successful in that regard. There’s certainly enough complexity and distillery character to be able to recommend this whisky at its £40 price tag.

    • Nose
      The sweet meets the peat as was promised. Honey, golden syrup, salted caramel and an assortment of dried fruits provide a warm sugary introduction. This is followed by the traditional aromatic, floral HP peat, which is indeed upped a notch for this release. It’s quite ashy and is supported by some damp earthy hay-like malts which provide depth. Light citrus, apple peels and a healthy dose of oranges make for rather the fruit orchard. Both smoke and sweetness are enhanced after a short period of resting. The addition of water is interesting – immediate orange barley water with a hint of ginger!
    • Taste
      A tingly sugary arrival which subsides quickly in to nice viscosity. Excellent translation from the nose – the rich prominent fruits, distinctive heathery smoke and damp hay malts form a well-balanced medley of sweet meeting peat. The fruits are enriched here, turning to marmalades and preserves and are accompanied by some nutty flavours and light cask spicing. Less benefit for adding water here – which dulled some of the liveliness of the top-end flavours.
    • Finish
      Medium in length with a good balance between sweetness and oak bitterness. Slight astringency.


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