Highland Park Dragon Legend

Overall rating
83.34/100
votes
434
Whiskybase ID
WB99873
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L0594Y L04 19/11
Barcode
5010314305277
Added on
21 aug 2017 12:17 pm by Nidan
Uncolored

Average value

€ 59.40

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434 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Dragon Legend

69 users have left 76 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.34 points.

  1. Bembel scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Herbal-spicy, sherry fruit (red berries), sweetness.
      Full honey sweetness later.
      The smoke is not really present for me.
    • Taste
      Spicy, peppery, fruity, citrus freshness, light ash taste from the smoke.
    • Finish
      Rather entertaining, oak, herbs, slight bitterness.

  2. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  3. TimkoT scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Ringstone scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Average young Highland Park. Not as good as the Valfather.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sherry, ripe red apples, subtle pears, spices, nutmeg
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sherry, spices, subtle fruit, smoke, pepper, tingly, hint of herbs
    • Finish
      81 81
      Spices, smoke, some sherry, pepper

  5. AdamsB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I love Highland Park.
    The name on the label again takes us for a moment to the atmosphere straight from the Norse mythology. This time referring to a certain episode about the clash between the brave Sigurd and the dragon Fafnir. According to the story, Sigurd pierced the dragon's body with the Gram, a sword forged by the blacksmith Weyland, about which we can read in The Song of the Nibelungen. The dragon's blood, which was poured on Sigurd, made him immune to all blows, and also gave him great knowledge of foreseeing the future.

    Hobbister Moor peat was used to smoke the barley malt, and the whisky was aged in bourbon and sherry casks.
    • Nose
      Wet grass, hay, malt, a little spice at first, then more, such as nutmeg, traces of ginger, black pepper, cloves, forest smell, autumn leaves, trees, sticks, a bit of resin, smoke appears, but it is not pushy, somewhere strongly in the background, smoke from the fire, smoldering twigs, orange peel, chocolate muesli, cider with cinnamon, syrupy sweetness, honey, with time more toffee and caramel, a bit of ginger, the smell is not very volatile, quite subdued, after a while more young distillate, after a long moment lemon in syrup, roasted caramel
      smoke.
    • Taste
      Initially honey sweet, then dry oak, definitely more smoke, peat, earth, but without exaggeration, literally a bit more than in classic HP, warms up, traces of Sherry, pepper, more dried fruit, a bit of ash, apple with cinnamon, oak , clear wood, allspice, some stone fruit, dark chocolate, cocoa, slightly watery, cloves, traces of grilled pineapple, smoked aftertaste, smoky fruit, with time more dry, oak begins to play first fiddle with the addition of smoke, smoky peaches and apricots
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, dry oak, traces of coffee, smoke, earth, smoky malt, roasted caramel

  6. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good price-performance ratio. A super easy to drink and enjoyable whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fairly sweet nose, lots of honey, flowers, a little wax. Slight peaty note.
      Overall quite fresh and pleasant.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very easy, a little sweet, the texture is light and the mouthfeel is noticeable. Always lots of honey, heather, a little wax. Slightly salty and peaty. Super pleasant to drink, but rather as an aperitif...
    • Finish
      84 84
      The 43% are felt, the finish is shorter, quite monolithic, on honey and plants.

  7. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    It's the nose that counts. There you will find beautiful sherry aromas and the whisky develops splendidly.
    But it is flat in taste. Everything gets lost, the whisky becomes bitter at the end and has nothing to offer on the tongue apart from the few smoke aromas.

  8. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Forest fruits, peat, the pharmacy is cool

  9. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is more accentuated on peat than usual. Beautiful peat both mineral and rustic, hay, salt, and a nice sea breeze. Vanilla and lemon. The tide and the foam. A thick slice of iodine. Grapefruit. Some exotic fruits, pineapple, mango. Vegetal notes, ferns, tree bark. In the mouth, it is light. Then, it is always light. Ah yes all the same, some spices, cumin, paprika, curry. It rises little by little, and after a while, we find a nice balance, it's quite full-bodied. Fillet of vanilla, citrus. Fairly long finish, clean, not at all aggressive, but sparkling, woody, chocolate, blond tobacco. Candied ginger.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/12/highland-park-dragon-legend.html
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. 2ndSip scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Surprise of the evening; Relatively little expected: NAS from HP, but flashed extremely positively. Great sherry flavors, fruity, sweetish, light smoke, spicy; It's just a shame that the finish evaporates quickly.
    [91 - 87 = extremely tasty -> get yourself a second bottle]
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet, aromatic heather smoke. The smoke becomes more subtle and opens up to the fruity aroma with oranges and lemons.
      On the sweet side you will find honey and caramel along with toffee. A hint of vanilla can be smelled a little more subdued, but it is still there.
      The longer he can breathe, the more intense the dark fruits become, which allow the sherry to stand out without appearing excessive; Raisins, juicy plums, not-so-sweet dates.
      Over time, milk chocolate and hazelnuts too, but more in the background; instead the smoke disappears more and more and only leaves behind a sweetish heather aroma.
      Very close to the glass I can still hear notes of malt, which also add brown sugar - but I have to concentrate on that.
    • Taste
      90 90
      soft start, spicy, sherry-flavored spices and fruits; of plum, raisin, maggi, light hazelnut; Honey, caramel, orange.
      In the middle third it brings fire again, but disappears again quite quickly.
      second sip: even softer, spicier, fruity, sweeter
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tart dark chocolate with more whole milk chocolate ... or something like that.
      Medium-length finish with a few oak tannins and then it's gone; but convincing in the nose and in taste.
      A bit of heather aromas in the nose on exhalation.

  11. Matthias80 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Taste
      Vanilla, herbs, orange, citrus. Medium strength body
    • Finish
      Citrus and smoke

  12. Will_iam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  13. aw-home scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Light peat smoke with oranges, maritime notes and spicy oak aromas.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Light peat smoke with nuts, maritime notes, spices and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length with citrus fruits, maritime notes, light peat smoke and peppery spiciness.

  14. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Slightly smoky and quite fruity, plum, raisins, sweet lemon rind, mild liquorice, toffee, a little heather honey and a hint of tobacco and spent matches.
    • Taste
      83 83
      A thin body, but tastewise it's pretty close to the nose with the plums, raisins and citrus, also liquorice, toffee, some chocolate, black pepper, clove and toasted oak.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium length: warming, a continuation of the development, raisins, chocolate and toffee, toasted wood and a fading sharpness of spent matches.

  15. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. Svjatogor scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    n: mellow, fruity, vanilla, creamy, sherry, fresh, grass, cereal, sour
    t: sherry
    a: sherry, wood

  17. Cubey666 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2019

    bit young, but with a distinct smoke taste. it's acceptable
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  18. AmmitMitchum scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Very light, no trace of peat, watery body, short finish. Won't offend but very forgettable

  19. MaroFF scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quite nice, slightly smoky with a fruity whisky aftertaste. This is my next approach to this HP, but only now does it begin to delve into its tastes.
    I was expecting more smoke but it is normal. Even though it's been a long time since drinking the glass, I still feel this characteristic aftertaste of chocolate surrounded by a smoky glow with the sweetness of sherry.
    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet, honey, slightly alcoholic, caramel, nice bubble,
    • Taste
      84 84
      the sweetness of jam, browned oak, a pinch of pepper, sherry, raisins
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium, slightly burning esophagus, quite sweet, sugar syrup, smoky end with a chocolate aftertaste

  20. Don Cassi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts off sweet and creamy with apricots, vanilla and some meat broth. In addition the typical HP herbs. Everything is relatively mild and simple but pleasing.

    Spicy and fruity in the mouth but still quite mild and somewhat watery.

    A bit ashy and slightly bitter over the apricot in the finish.
    Length: 4/10

    You can do it, but you don't have to, a bit more fruity than the 12 from memory.

    Grade: 2

  21. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose has very interesting aroma that dominated by notes of scrambled eggs followed with vanilla cream.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is pretty HP-ish and has a profile of smoked citrus fruits, popcorn and spicy tangerines.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The taste is medium lenght and pretty dry with touches of sweet spices, dried fruits and some spicy oakiness.

  22. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, sweet honey, light smoke and pleasant oak spices as a contrast make this malt very pleasant. For full sherry maturation, the sherry influence is not that strong.
    • Nose
      Immediately fruity and sweet on the nose with spicy honey and herbs. Behind it, a light, pleasant campfire smoke. The smoke is a little more intense than that of the 12-year-old. After a while, vanilla, citrus fruits and tart cherries also appear. After the first sip, the nose is sweeter with blueberries and a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      Initially oily and very mild in the mouth with citrus fruits. Again, sweet honey and emerging oak spice. With caramel and spices.
    • Finish
      Ashy smoke with oak spice, with berries and later some coffee. The spiciness in the finish builds up sip by sip, the finish is medium-long.

  23. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    2020-11-08
    • Nose
      83 83
      Plum, moss, marzipan, bread, malt, sweetness, orange, minimal smoke, raisins
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet fruits, especially apples and some cherries, oak spice and, in the background, some milk chocolate, a little thin, hops, citrus, nuts
    • Finish
      83 83
      short

  25. Dutchdram scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      In the glass I smell notes of peat, smoke and sweet. Such as spicy fruit cake, charred sherry barrels followed by the well-known Orkney peat. From now on it will be sweeter with a tone of vanilla and in the end grass.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The famous Orkney peat is also present in the mouth. A delicious taste of open fire follows both in the mouth and in the nose (just like a dragon), in the end a spicy taste, especially pepper, and the Orkney heather.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long. It stays nice and grassy in the mouth with notes of peat and smoke.

  26. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. davidscharff scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    Nice sweet highland park 18 tones with a smoke 3/4 through it

  28. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    You can hook what you want from HP and NAS and strange names. It's really good. Good in the sense of tasty, tasty, harmonious and interestingly independent. Sure, it could have a few percent more, but that's a really good dram that you could take with you to a party.
    • Nose
      At first a bit youthfully fruity, then surprisingly peaty, but in a very unique way. More herbaceous earthy than smoky. A very strong sweetness rounds off the nose.
    • Taste
      Not the most violent start, but tasty, sweet, fruity, vanilla, spices, peat, again more herbaceous and earthy than medically ashy. Kind of oily.
    • Finish
      This is where the sherry comes through most, otherwise it only accompanies. A nice nutty note. Otherwise peat, sweetness, I'm in harmony with nose and mouth.

  29. matsteer scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    A peculiar one this that will divide opinion. A pure expression of smoke coupled with the typical HP DNA of heather and for me it doesn’t quite hit the mark, lacking a little depth and sweetness and quite singular. The smoke is distinct and unlike much else I’ve tried; it’s incredibly dry with none of the meaty or medicinal peaty tones or much sweetness or oak to give it the depth I like. If that’s your thing great; it’s not massively mine as I’d prefer more roundness.
    • Nose
      Smoke and more smoke. But not peaty, medicinal or meaty. Rather, the smoke is incredibly pure; like a dry ice smoke - like the dried out embers of a fire thats gone for hours as the rain hits it. Dry ash. You can also pick up that HP ‘heather’ DNA... just. At a push I can also get some smoked lemon rind, kaffir like leaf and the yellow / green citrus. Intriguing and quite unique but very singular.
    • Taste
      I’ve got to the bottom third of the bottle and this has opened up a bit. On the palate the smoke is dominant but you certainly get more sweetness than the nose suggests - which is a good thing - and some of the floral heather honey notes. Also rolls into a little salt and a little peppery warming note. Tastes like the cold sparse heather filled rolling hills look. Could be more complex but definitely an improvement on the palate. Maybe a little watery, could definitely have a better texture with a bit more alcohol to give some added oiliness and body.
    • Finish
      This rounds out with a little of the citrus coming through and a little of the metallic notes. Smoke obviously lingers a little, but it sustains reasonably well.

  30. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Mild sweet dram. Very tasty. Despite several attempts I can't find any smoke.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet nose. Light honey. Sweet pear, after the first sip some jam and oak.
    • Taste
      Mild and light. Chocolate. A bit "darker" and less fresh than the nose but still very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Finish: medium-long and mild,

  31. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. stefan_PB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice HP! For around 40 EUR completely ok
    • Nose
      Cake and yeast, fruit pot pourri: peach, apricot and raisins, vanilla and subtle smoke can also be felt
    • Taste
      Reminds of malt and beer, again some fruit but more restrained (pear, lemon), later some cigar and pepper, again only subtle smoke
    • Finish
      Long with smoke and fruit and slightly peppery.

  33. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat smoke, earthy, sweet, toffee, caramel, fruity (cherries, apples, black berries), chocolate
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peat (woody) smoke, salted caramel, fruity (cherries, apples, oranges)
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, smoky, sweet, toffee, nutty

  34. glen efze scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ok, another NAS from Highland Park originally published for TESCO. As always, the artwork is excellent - so again more appearance than reality?
    The whisky has the typical Highland Park aromas, the slight smokiness, heather smoke, as it can only be felt here. It's not quite as smooth, has a certain wildness that goes well with a whisky from these northern islands.
    What should you complain about: A NAS that is not too young, that was not superficially filled into the bottle immature. Don't forget: Many whiskys in this category are unimaginative and lacking in character. This is not it. You can despise Highland Park for many reasons - but even this NAS shows what the distillery can do.

  35. glen efze scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ok, Highland Park is a difficult type of distillery. There is the Edrington kind of exuberant smugness - but on the other hand we have an honest, down-to-earth whisky. There is some smoke, there is some wood, spices. It's a whisky without age statement, but not to young, it's without colouring: It's drinkable, enjoyable - I like the Dragon Legend!

  36. Benromach15 scored this whisky 30 points Member Junior

    My first try of HP and maybe my bottle was off but I can't find the smokier richer taste described on the box. It doesn't have character at all, all my Speyside and Lowland whiskies has more character than this one. Would have expected more from an island whisky. It is my least favourite whisky in my collection at the moment. Luckily it was heavily discounted at my local supermarket.

  37. Shining_Bright scored this whisky 23 points Member Senior

    Another cheap and nasty whisky from HP, but better than than the 12 y/o 'Honour'. Why do they sell such crap at such a low price and then market stupidly expensively NAS 'Valkeries Nipples clamp Cask' in silly carved longboat packaging. About time some Directors were sacked.

    Maybe they should focus on making decent whisky at a reasonable price ?
    • Nose
      Sardines, smoked anchovy, dipped in quickly seasoned sherry cask, linseed oil. really not good.
    • Taste
      sweetish, new make spirit (some 3 y/o here) - nice rounded mouth feel, bitter burn.
    • Finish
      bitter, not nice. The kind of whisky you want to throw the glass away and pour something better. Why do HP bother. WTF has this got to do with dragons?

  38. Markie81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Glass: a hoop
    Let’s stand well - right from the bottle he’s not very good :)
    Aroma: sour fruits, lacquered wood, salt and a little smoke ...
    Taste: watery, woody, with grassy bitterness.
    Finish: weak, woody.
    Strange Molt. Heart "crumpled", no character. If you squeak a little more, "brrrrr" appears ... Why was it even necessary to create it? After all, there are 10 and 12 years ... Let us leave the answer to the conscience of marketers.
    But in his defense I’ll say the following: I’m rolling him on a warm-up of receptors before the age of Lafroig and I think he coped with this task - I calmed down, tuned in the right way, he won’t beat the receptors - I will easily wash it off with a glass of water ...
    ---
    After another 15 minutes, when 10-15 ml are left in the glass. he became better in aromatics and taste, but anyway - 83

  40. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I was looking on the top whisky self and noticed this, opened 2 years ago, only had a couple of drams so interesting to see what it tastes like now.
    The cork is still a really tight fit, so not to much air getting in.
    I really like this, opened up well, really tasty and an easy sipper, better than I remember and I had it at 87 points then.
    For the money I think this could possibly be the best HP out there, I am sure there is batch variation but early batches like this one were excellent.
    Up a point to 88p, this has lost none of its power in 2 years.

  41. Gris scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/notes/highland-park-dragon-legend.html
    • Nose
      Haaaa that Orkney peat blossoms! So typical and so subtle, first catchy but evaporating in smoke streams while being light. Then we discover notes of lemons and candied oranges. But also caramel and varnished wood.
    • Taste
      Slightly oily in the mouth, I found the passage from nose to mouth a little surprising. Not that there are such obvious differences between the two, eh! But fruity and spices take center stage here. And the fruits, especially the oranges, have the richness and sweetness of marmalades here. I was not far from speaking of candied oranges for the nose but it was then rather subtle. Here, we really explode in gluttony. And it is the peat which is made lighter but by marrying perfectly with the whole.
    • Finish
      Medium length, on peat and spices with a slight woody touch.

  42. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Veering towards a little too much spiciness on the palate, this is otherwise a quality Highland Park.
    • Nose
      Opens up on caramel-glazed apples and vanilla, but also touches of floral honey. There's a whiff of straw as well. A touch of dried apricots. I know Highland Park isn't heavily peated, but I struggle to find any here.
    • Taste
      Somewhat dry with subtle touches of smoke and soot, but also farmy and grassy. Whiffs of charred oak, ginger and chili pepper. Rather spicy, with just a wee bit of dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Spicy and subtle smoke. Medium in length.

  43. monsieurrouge scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nice stuff for £ 30, yes, at the Morrison's. 84 points.
    • Nose
      briny, nutty, smoky, light peat, red fruit, apples
    • Taste
      some watering, but keep it in your mouth for longer: red fruit, peach sweet or honey
    • Finish
      hot, peppery, peaty, toffee, a bit of nasty weather

  44. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/blind-challenge-christmas-2019/

    Colour: Straw
    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.

    ROUND 2
    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]

    ROUND 3
    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.

    FINAL THOUGHTS:
    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

  45. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      peat smoke, hay, heather, wax, honey, wood, ginger and nutmeg
    • Taste
      84 84
      fruits, smoke and wood
    • Finish
      82 82
      smoke and oak

  46. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  47. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  51. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This has been open 14 months now, only had a few drams then left it so interesting to see what its like now.
    More peat and smoke than I remember but also less of a profile now but the peat and sherry still mixing well , this is an earthy dirty whisky and I like it, I would buy another for sure, for the money it is good value.
    My score of 87 still stands, one of the best value HP OB out there, if not the best if you get it for £30 on special offer.

  52. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    This is very good value for money from HP.
    Slightly above the minimum abv for a NAS does the trick.
    Thanks to ronnholt for another HP sample.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very firm with nice ballance.
      Sweet dark fruit, probably a good portion of sherry cask.
      Orange chocolate and a little toffee.
      Quite a bit of smoke, with a light highland peat note.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Good follow up to the nose.
      Again what I like to call firm and stable.
      Sweet sherry notes give a nice arrival.
      A spice level that gives warmth but still an almost silky mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium lenght.
      Smoke is most noticable at the end and in the finish.
      Slightly drying spicyness.

  53. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    17-03-2019
    • Nose
      78 78
      fruit cake, floral
    • Taste
      79 79
      fruit, hint of sherry
    • Finish
      78 78
      malty, hint of spices and sherry

  54. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Scrambled eggs with vanilla, smoked citruses, toasted bread, popcorn and tangerines.

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

  55. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, nutty, salty, fresh rubber, whiffs of smoke
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, fruity, peaches, good sweetness, salty, hints of oak wood, spices, pepper
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm

  56. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Retaste in a Highland Park Tasting.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  57. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very sweet and accessible. A bit on the young side, but not more so than its higher-priced contemporaries Valkyrie & Valknut, and the sherry/smoke combo makes it rather rich regardless. If the 12 has gotten too bright and/or weak for you, then this is a good alternative, and recommended at or around 40 €.
    • Nose
      Honey, heather, and milk chocolate, with a touch of smoke. Instantly recognizable HP character.
    • Taste
      Good zingy attack; sweet-and-sour development with plenty of sherry aromatics and spirit sweetness. The strength does it wonders.
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, chocolate, and red berries. Lingering sweetness with a faint memory of charcoal and barbecue smoke.

  58. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  59. 2791knarf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  60. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Very mature with extoric fruits tones - peach, mango and kiwi, some mint, cinnamon and caramel.
    • Taste
      Starts a bit thin, ashes, caramel and dusty, develops quite ok with later more peat, honey, orange and fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with peaty tones, smoke, caramel, bitter fruits and vanilla - custard.

  61. 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.

  62. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  63. J.K.Ch did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oranges. citruses. peat. apples and vanilla.
    • Taste
      The taste is smoky, lighter, sweeter. Whisky is very well drinkable. But a little more waterproof.
    • Finish
      Triple sec with peat. It is not too long, but nothing is disturbing.

  64. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  65. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Good honey sweetness and more peaty smoke than you get usually from HP. Decent sherry influence and some hay. The fruity side is mostly apple fresh and citrus.
    • Taste
      Sugary arrival followed with a peper spiciness. Slightly oily and a good and soft peatiness but soon after it falls down in a flat and almost watery taste.
    • Finish
      Short sweet, spicy finish with a little bitterness.

  66. LittlePeat scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Color: dinkles gold. Nose: Rich in citrus and yellow plums, some smoke, a little sherry, some tin. Over time, a bit of chocolate, in the background. A summer smoker? Palate. A bit watered down, the smoke is getting stronger. The chocolate too. The fruits are getting weaker. The tin is still there.
    Finish: slightly alcoholic with oak and chocolate. Conclusion: The nose has promised a lot, on the palate and the finish leaves the Malt something ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  67. peej84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  68. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This bottle has been open a couple of months now and it seems to have more punch than before.

    Still a nice dram and worthy of 86-87 points in my view even if the sweetness on show is a little manufactured.

  69. uisukii scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Currently 30 GBP in Waitrose for those in the UK, worth the price.

  70. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a bottle just opened. Worth buying, some nice flavours in the mix.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  71. 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.

  72. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  73. 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.

  74. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    More full-bodied, sherried and peaty than the Valkyrie, but less fruity. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/highland-park/highland-park-dragon-legend/
    • 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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