It’s been a while since I tried anything by The Ultimate. Generally I don’t really buy into the brand since I often find the whisky a little bit lackluster. Often bottled too young, under ten years old. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the combination of the distilleries, and the age, and the fact that I’ve been let down by quite a few from this bottler don’t make me jump up when something new is released.
However, undisclosed Orkney, AKA Highland Park, is a bit of a difference. In this case I got a sample from a friend, although I was eyeing this bottle myself as well. As in, 16 year old Highland Park for just a blip over € 50 is a steal in any case, and I don’t think Highland Park makes whiskies that are bad enough to be disappointing at that price point.
Light sherry, light peat smoke. Peaches, heather, lighter dried fruits. Very coastal, and very typical of Highland Park. Quite a bit of oak, dried fruits, marram grass.
A bit of bite with chili heat. There’s oak, pepper, a slight bitter note with peach stones and almonds. Salinity and reeds, dried grass, sherry.
The finish is very gentle with wood, peach and heather. A bit of smoke, but not sea-weed-y. Quite sweet with hints of sherry and a bit of peach syrup.
A bit on the sweet side, but lovely flavors. I love, as expected, that there’s a whiff of Highland peat and heather to counter the sweetness a little bit. If that wasn’t there, this review would have panned out differently.
But, lovely fruitiness, lovely mix of distillery and cask characters. Good stuff!