Highland Journey is a brand-new blended malt from Hunter Laing & Co. It’s inspired by a train journey in the 1950’s, when Stewart Laing’s father took him to the Highlands to visit distilleries, igniting his passion for whisky.
Highland Journey includes only malt whiskies from Highland distilleries such as Blair Athol, Clynelish and Teaninich, matured in both bourbon and sherry casks.
Highland Journey (46,2%, Hunter Laing 2014, blended malt)
Nose: starts a bit mashy / porridgy before sweeter notes appear. Toffee, light caramel and youngish Williams pear eau-de-vie. Apple pie and subtle grains. A bit of almond milk and hay.
Mouth: creamy vanilla and apples alongside the malty, grainy notes. Light plums, some fudge and subtle spices. Subtle waxy notes. Not very sherried and none of the components stand out too much, we’re closer to a blend now.
Finish: medium long, malty, a little mocha.
It may lack a bit of character to appeal to experienced malt drinkers, but nonetheless it’s a nice step up for blend drinkers. Around € 45. Arriving in stores as we speak.