Highland Park - Draken
Single Malt — Highland (Island), Scotland
Reviewed April 14, 2023 (edited July 20, 2023)
Color: Singed tawny. Nose: Pure sherry with fresh black garden soil and dark berries. Chocolate syrup with roasted notes. Palate: Black liquorice and dried fruit, with sea salt and a concentrated treacle sweetness. The barest hint of vegetative peat. Finish: Pleasant bitterness with espresso beans and savory bacon grease. Good body and very smooth. Diluted: Sweeter fruits, including strawberries and cherries, on the nose. Palate doesn't lose any of its savory saltiness, but adds a dollop of honey. If there's any drawback, it's the finish, which is noticeably shorter/weaker.