Highland Park 14YO Loyalty of the Wolf review

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Highland Park 14YO Loyalty of the Wolf review

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This 14 year old Highland Park is another exclusively for travel retail market produced whisky by the Orcadian distillery.

They introduced a trio of single malts for duty free shops in 2018. The other two would be Voyage of the Raven and Spirit of the Bear. All animals important in Viking lore.

What’s good about Highland Park Loyalty of the Wolf, it has an age statement of 14 years. So not another NAS (non-age stated) whisky for travel retail.

Where wolf's ears are, wolf's teeth are near

The Wolf of Wall Street?

Like mentioned with HP Raven, this viking theme is going a bit too far with this duty free trio. Highland Park is becoming Jordan Belfort from The Wolf of Wall Street – they know how to sell. But then again, the statistics for Loyalty of the Wolf are quite good.

Aged in sherry seasoned American oak casks and old bourbon casks for 14 years and bottled at higher than 40% ABV. These are good numbers, especially when coming from Highland Park distillery.

Although I’m not sure if the casks used were the highest of quality.  Sherry seasoned is not a statement that sounds good when trying to bring character to a whisky. Were the casks which were seasoned, not good enough for core range?

Like with the Raven, I’d love to hate this whisky. But it’s impossible because it showcases yet again that HP quality. Loyalty of the Wolf is definitely better than Voyage of the Raven. Made with pride on Orkney.

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon and Sherry seasoned American oak casks
Colour: Golden amber
ABV: 42.3%
Nose: Grapefruits and sherried green apples. Floral peat with oranges and hints of spices. Water makes the peat stronger, adding up some smoke.
Taste: Mellow, easy to drink. Fruity and bit dry. Sherry and apples. Hints of orange peel. Water adds some peppers and spices.
Finish: Quite fast with lots of fruits. Grapefruits, green apples and hints of vanilla. Water adds peppery finish.
Balance: Smooth and nicely balanced whisky. Not the best of Highland Park but still a very enjoyable single malt. Another quality bottling by HP.

Highland Park Wolf Scoring

87
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
22
21
22
22
Distillery: Highland Park Region: Orkney Islands

Highland Park 14 Year Old Loyalty Of The Wolf Single Malt Whisky

Loyalty Of The Wolf Highland Park matured for 14 years

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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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