Insider knowledge: Highland Park 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail) whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Highland Park 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail) whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Toasted barley, slightly tart mango and vanilla.
Palate: A creamy dram, rich with red apples, nuts and a whiff of smoke.
Finish: Rather short.
Overall: Classic Highland Park. We wouldn't say no.
A very affordable and affable dram. A good example of a young Highland Park carrying a fair bit of that trademark smoke. A good alternative to the 12 in a very different way, this carries more spice, vanilla and benefits from the extra 3% vol.
29th October 2014