Nose: Soft peat, salt and sweet dried fruits alongside a strong ginger spiciness and wooden notes. Hints of citrus. Water tames the spiciness by bringing out notes of vanilla and cherry.
Taste: Creamy mouth feel with salty liquorice, malt and lots of dried fruits. Nice. I like it better with a few drops of water though as it gets even creamier and slightly less salty.
Finish: Long. Sweet, then quite peppery. Later, dry oak and bitterness.
Comments: Very fine whisky by Highland Park. Calling it a “limited bottling” when there are 28,000 bottles is bad marketing and the price is too high, in my opinion, but that shouldn’t dilute the fact that “The Dark” is a yummy dram. Liked it quite a bit.
Rating: I rated this whisky 89 out of 100.
(Nose 23, Taste 23, Finish 22, Balance 21)