Nose: This is pretty rich given the low abv. Sherry, beautiful baking spices, buttered toast, cream, apple, pineapple, banana, crisp grass, vanilla, and some very nice oak. This is a unexpectedly clean and complex.
Palate: Medium bodied, with spices, fruit, and cream coming on first. Quite sweet, but not overly so. I’m really enjoying these spices, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of ginger. There’s also fresh grapes and berries, chocolate, caramel, sultanas, and coffee.
Finish: Milk chocolate and caramel (think Rolo) and some very lush fruit notes. Coconut, berry jam, grape, cream, butter, crème brulée, rich oak, woodspice, allspice, cinnamon, gentle anise, burnt toast, smoke, and mocha. Medium in length and very good.
Thoughts: This is MUCH better than I expected it to be. It’s crisp, clean, light, bright, and refreshing. It’s retained its highland-y character, and isn’t dominated by sherry (although the sherry influence is both apparent and brilliant). It also has a young freshness despite its 16 years. There are light fruity notes as well as dark sherry ones, and the balance is wonderful. The spices here are beautifully smooth and never hot, but still infuse a bold character into the whisky.
This is a whisky that would have a very broad appeal. It works on several levels. Beginners to seasoned connoisseurs would find something to enjoy here. There’s a lot of richness despite the low abv, a lot of complexity despite the low cost, and a lot of character despite the low expectations (given this is a lesser-known brand). Actually I’d love to know what distillery this comes from and try it at a higher abv. But as it is, this is still a delicious and substantial whisky that checks all the boxes. Well worth buying if you see it around.
HIGHLAND QUEEN 是一個牌子不是一個釀酒廠,HQ從某處買回自行包裝,所以我非常好奇是哪一家的酒廠做的,這款雖然只有40 %但是味道豐富,裡面有很多角色,是大家的基本入門款.