Again I thought I’d give “shop’s own” a go, at £18 it’s pretty good. It’s quite flavorsome and “warm”, as the bottle says, “fruitcake” flavours can be detected, i.e. it’s not overly fruity, but it has that characteristic. It’s very smooth, no burn, fire, which is kind of disappointing. It’s very easy to drink, nothing is overpowering, but it’s kind of forgettable. I think I prefer the Speyside, the Highland isn’t a bad drink, but there’s nothing particular to recommend it.
Maybe it’s a no age thing, it hasn’t had chance to develop, and mature enough? It’s perfectly drinkable, it doesn’t need a mixer, I won’t be throwing it away, but I won’t be buying it again, not that there’s any particularly wrong with, it just there’s nothing special about it.