Highland Park, Batch 1, 44.7% – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

While everyone who was at the tasting at Maltstock was promised to be in on the selection process I never got these samples (damn you, mail man!). Which meant, I never tasted this dram even though a cartoony version of me is on the label! Don’t start looking, without a list of names you’ll never find me since I look exactly the same as 15 other people on the label.

Anyway, during my afternoon in Jon Beach’s whisky parlor this was sitting on the table too. I knew it was, but not in which glass until I determined it had to be the second one.

Highland Park Batch 1, the Maltstock Edition

Highland Park Batch 1, the Maltstock Edition

A rather gentle nose with flavours of vanilla and some slightly burnt caramel. There are touches of spice and wax in there too.

The palate is gentle and soft with dry oak and weak tea.

The finish goes back to the spicy touches and doesn’t last very long. It turns a bit mineral-y. By that I mean you get to flavours of stone and iron.

No big tasting notes here. A nice ‘session dram’ as people like to call it. By that I mean it’s a whisky that is easily drinkable and doesn’t require a whole lot of attention to be appreciated. If you start paying attention you do notice, however, that it’s not a very special dram. There isn’t too much to be discovered.

Honestly, for a dram like this I think the price of £ 75 for 50cl is pretty steep. There isn’t much that Master of Malt/That Boutique-y Whisky Company can do about the prices of casks or old bottles to be blended together but I, for one, was hoping for a dram with more impact.

The fact that I knew how to pick this one from the line-up was a process of elimination. I would not have been able to say it’s a Highland Park on it’s own I think.

Highland Park, Batch 1, 44.7%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Available for £ 75 at Master of Malt.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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