Highland Park Magnus Heavy On The Sherry Cask Influence

The Highland Park distillery revamping of its core line up of whiskies, which has been ongoing since this past April, most recently saw the introduction overseas of a new, more heavily peated expression known as Dragon Legend. American lovers of this brand are seeing some love as well, it looks like, via announcement of Magnus, a North American only release.

Highland Park Magnus, according to those behind it, is a non-age statement offering that’s crafted using a high proportion of Sherry seasoned American oak casks along with refill casks. The end result of this is a 40% ABV expression said to be lighter on the smoky side, as is characteristic of whiskies from here, but with a sweeter and more profound vanilla flavor profile as well.

Plans call for this Scotch to be distributed in the United States and Canada for around $40 beginning this month. It is named after distillery founder Magnus Eunson, a butcher and church officer by trade and a bootlegger by night. The label design in the gun metal foil on the bottle represents M for Magus, and it has been created in a decorative Viking art style called Urnes. You’ll find official tasting notes for this whisky at the end of this story.

We are very proud to be launching Magnus exclusively in North America,” said Gordon Motion, Highland Park Master Whisky Maker, in a prepared statement, “and we look forward to receiving reviews of the whisky from consumers who are already fans of our distillery as well as welcoming new drinkers to our tribe with this bold new bottling.”

Appearance: Natural cask-driven color (no additives); light golden, clear and bright

Flavors: Lemon, vanilla cake, caramelized pineapple, light smoke and violets

Taste: Sweet, vanilla, light peat, floral

Finish: Light citrus, vanilla and lightly smoky

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.