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Highland Park Dragon Legend

Overall rating 23 votes 85.24
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314305277
Added on
21 Aug 2017 12:19 pm by Nidan

206 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 20
Finish 22
Balance 21

Tastingtags

3 Notes

KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
13 Nov 2017 8:18 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Caramel, raspberry, peat, vanilla, apple, cherry and malt.

Taste

Typical HP peat. Chocolate, cherry, apple, toffee and malt.

Finish

Chocolate, peat, toffee and hazelnut.

Comments

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

Fabian
Expert Senior Fabian Review note
07 Sep 2017 1:36 pm
Fabian gave this whisky 89 points

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!

Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
89
Finish
87
Price
89
Presentation
87
Get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get!
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
24 Aug 2017 10:22 am
Macheye gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Old gold
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.

Comments

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.


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