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Highland Park "Magnus" Isle of Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1320310 Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Named for Highland Park Distillery’s founder, Magnus Eunson. It has been matured in first-fill and refill American oak sherry casks. The nose offers honeysuckle, vanilla, rising bread dough, and faint, aromatic wood smoke. Slightly smoky orchard fruits on the early palate, with sultanas, ripe cherries, and cinnamon. Medium to long in the finish, with drying fruit notes, wood spice, and ultimately, licorice sticks. (GS, Winter 2017) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Matured entirely in sherry casks, roughly half first-fill and half refill barrels, the new Highland Park "Magnus" makes up for what it lacks in age transparency with charming flavor and a more than reasonable price. Supple and creamy on the palate, this is the perfect house bottle of Scotch for those who like a little bit of everything: light peat, hints of sherry, creamy malt, and a soft, silky finish. Exclusive to North America, it's bottled without coloring or additives.


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Price: $39.99

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2017 | Send Email
This is a killer bottle of whiskey especially for the price, it is not often you find a Scotch under $30 period much less one with such complexity in it. I should not doubt the people at Highland Park, but I was still a bit surprised by this one. Sweet peat, oak spice, and a little fruity nose invite you into a rich warm palate of toffee, vanilla, salted caramel and a smooth gentle smoke. The finish is probably my favorite part here, toffee and bitter coffee notes with a little spice linger far longer than I would have thought.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
I have long been recommending the Highland Park 12 year for its incredible quality and supreme value. Coming in at the sub-50 range is hard to do for really great Scotch these days. Well my favorite Orcadian distillery has delivered a new dram for under 30 bucks that will blow you away. It's a bold statement that extraordinary doesn't have to mean extremely expensive. This whisky is peaty and intense with the light and airy demeanor that makes Highland Park so seductive. I don't have enough superlatives to describe how amazing the value is here. If half the $60 whiskys on the shelf tasted half this good, I'd be thrilled.

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