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Highland Park 12YO Orkneyinga Legacy review

Orkneyinga Legacy Highland Park 12YO 46% ABV

I have to call this one a legend right away. This is the regular Highland Park 12 year old single malt whisky on steroids. Orkneyinga Legacy is a rarity you can usually get straight from the distillery. Yes, no retail possibility for this beauty.

2018 spring being the exception when Highland Park arranged a batch for online sales. That’s where I got my bottle for our Highland Park tasting.

The regular 12 year old HP is already a good whisky, bottled at 40% alcohol by volume level. Highland Park 12YO Orkneyinga Legacy has been bottled at 46% ABV! Otherwise they are the same.

You can check out Orkneyinga’s product and background info from Highland Park’s website.

This whisky shouts I Am Legend

Being a HP fan, and already a big fan of the regular 12 year old expression of their range. It comes no surprise that I really loved this one.

I Am Legend has written all over this dram. Offering rich aromas and taste with typical HP12YO style. Only exception being that this time the palate is even stronger.

Matured in:
Ex-Sherry and Ex-Bourbon casks
Colour: Golden amber
ABV: 46%
Nose: Full and sweet, nuts and sherry with the typical floral HP touch of honey and citrus notes, combined with the floral touch.
Taste: Sherry notes are quite big. Sweet and acid, slightly dry. Water adds more sweetness and makes the dram much better. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and licorice.
Finish: Dry and full, sweet powerful sherry notes are there but acid nutty notes dominate. Candy cane notes rise in the aftertaste. Water adds some nice licorice notes.
Balance: In good balance, steady whisky with full and nicely round presence. Great upgrade from the regular Highland Park 12 year old.

Highland Park Dark Origins Scoring

Distillery: Highland Park Region: Orkney Islands

Highland Park 12 Year Old Orkneyinga Legacy Single Malt Whisky Review

Orkneyinga Legacy 12YO bottle and label

HP 12YO Orkneyinga Legacy photo from the top

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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