Updated: Sep 30, 2020
Score: 7.6 / 10
Distillery: Highland Park
Type: Highland Single Malt Scotch
Classified as the northernmost single scotch distillery in the world, and revered as one of the best scotch whisky brands by many devoted followers. Some of the most award winning and expensive scotches on the planet have come out of this distillery in the past.
However, the loyalists may not gravitate to the younger releases such as the Magnus. I have found that even the 12yr lacks a bit for me, but can have it's perfect nights as well. It just depends on what you are looking for in the moment. The distillery has been around for more than 200 years, so I am confident that any release from these guys fills exactly the void that they are looking for.
Also, yes that is a shooter. No, the glencairn glass behind it is not a vase. What do you think we are here, drunks!?
Nose: Honey, green apple and lava rocks (strangest note maybe I've ever come across, but I swear it reminds me of Hawaii - warm, smoky, incense, island vibes).
Palate: Cinnamon, fig, raisin, vanilla. A creamy, but light mouthfeel where the flavors all seem subtly blended and do not overpower each other. Very well mixed
Finish: Short finish. Light notes of heavy whipping cream, vanilla, char, oak and smoke. Lightly tannic, but persistent.
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Notes: Availability? Common. I see this everywhere and anywhere. Afraid to snag a bottle due to increased tariff prices on scotch in 2020, I think this is worth picking up as an intro scotch. Something that is decent and light for a new whisky drinker in general with a ton of room to grow after.