This is a 12 year Highland Park that was released as the second part of the Earl Magnus (Inga Saga) trilogy. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010 at 55% ABV.
Nose: Funky sherry notes with some sulphury smoke in there, fresh cedar, new leather, msuty old books, subtle dried seaweed, cigar smoke, and figs.
Palate: Cigar smoke carries through here with woody malt, sulphur notes appearing briefly with black cherry and leather as well.
Finish: Sherry influence lingers with faint strawberry and oak notes – long finish overall.
Rating: 89/100 – A very good/complex Highland Park – especially given its age. I love how sherry maturation interacts with Highland Park’s distillate – the briny/smoky elements of the malt play so well with the rich sherry.
Value for the money: I think the original retail for this was around €100, but now online, it’s mostly €250+ from what I’ve seen. I’d be happy to pay original retail for it, but it’s definitely not worth €250+ in my opinion.