Whisky Review: Highland Park Odin

Style: Sweet and Spicy

Nose:

Begins with red currant candy shell around the Highland Park Malt. Within it we have heather honey, vanilla and lemon wrestled by robust peppermint spice. Flipping over to the drier side in comes black liquorice, hay stack peat and dry ginger. Aroma passive at times, but nonetheless a multi-faceted one.

Palate:

Nice red fruits and honey rolling onto the palate. The weight of the sweetness is great. Flavours tightroping forward as spice continues to have a strong grip over the rundown. Black liquorice, bitter oak touches in the middle; herbal peat runs through the backbone while the dry ginger cleanse the floor thoroughly. Resurgence of raisin-honey at the end.

Finish:

Dark chocolate, bitter oak. Liquorice with residue peat. The sweetness drops to the background and slowly re-emerges gain. A nice, lengthy red fruits finish.

Thoughts:

Odin looks increasingly charming when you keep going and stacking your pour (Solera system? ;-)) It opens up quite nicely after a while once you get use to the strength of it. The spice does give you the kick here, maybe some will need a splash of water. Very beautifully weighted sweetness and you really don’t see that very often. Quite nice.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

[55.8% • 2015 • Original Bottling • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • Aged 16 Years]

-Esmond