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22 Jun 2009

High Dark Plan (Daily Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Highland Park

By now you should know the Daily Dram anagrams, and High Dark Plan is an easy one if you ask me.

Highland Park is one of the two distilleries on Orkney (together with Scapa). The island is located at the northern edge of Scotland, at the same latitude as Stockholm, Sweden or Anchorage, Alaska. Because of the rather extreme climate, there are very few trees to be found and the peat is very gentle (just soil, no wood).


Daily Dram - High Dark Plan Highland Park ‘High Dark Plan’ 10yo 1998 
(46%, Daily Dram 2009)

Nose: taking off on estery notes. Peach, pear candy, grapefruit. Fruity honey and vanilla. Yellow apple. Very sensual in a way. Developing on more grassy / mineral notes, with delicate peat after a while, but still quite sophisticated. Whiffs of heather as well. Hardly any smoke. Mouth: punchy and just as fruity. Some syrup and vanilla, but soon to be replaced by growing peat. More smoke towards the finish. Spices emerge as well (cloves, ginger). Vibrant. Finish: Smokey, rather sweet and spicy (some peppery notes even). Hints of coffee beans. Slightly metallic.

This is very good stuff, and again it proves the all-round qualities of Highland Park, even at young ages. A fruity nose, growing more powerful on the palate with spicy wood influence in the finish. Around € 45.

Score: 86/100

High Dark Plan (Daily Dram) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-06-22
  • Jorgen

    Passing by “the shop” to get a bottle of Caperdonich 1972 (one of the best tastes ever) for WhiskyNotes’ webmaster, we had the chance to taste the ‘Ciao All’ from ‘Daily Dram': good stuff, typical Islay-notes. After that we could take a ‘shot’ from another fancy anagram bottle: ‘The High Dark Plan’ . It’s even better than the Islay…
    Bought them both this saturday….

    **reminder to myself**: you’ve to keep out of the shops!!!

  • Ruben

    Sorry for causing such a horrible experience… ;-)

  • Jorgen

    sorry sorry sorry, you owe me some bottles for the inconvenience!! ;)

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  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael): Just tasted this one. WOW. i am very very impressed Ruben. Amazing BFYB for 40 euro. this feels much older and so complex. WOW again. dang!
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  • WhiskyNotes: It may be just a detail, but I said "a relatively modest price increase", not a modest price! It's true that the price is heavy, especially because I

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