Nice to try a slightly stronger than normal Highland Park, I know people can get a bit frustrated by the number of releases Highland Park are churning out at the moment but they’ve knocked it out of the park with this ex bourbon cask number bottled at 47.2%
I have taken my sample, kindly given to me by Highland Park, over two nights and it needs some water, it actually needs, in my opinion, a good couple of tea spoons per normal dram.
This bottle is, I believe a US release which is a shame but I guess you can’t have everything.
This was distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2017.
Nose. Wood, cedar wood, apple wood and charcoal, there is also kiln dried wood notes which I’ll admit is another one of my obscure references but buy yourself a wood burning stove and you’ll know what I mean. There is also sweet heather smoke (the trademark of Highland Park) almost burnt toffee, golden syrup and smoked vanilla flavoured sugar, which is a thing.
Palate. A vanilla and toffee sweetness mixed with hazelnuts and sweet smoke, a bit of time in the glass reveals some crystalised ginger and a wee bit of aniseed.
Finish. Long lasting this, smoke apple wood, barley sweets and honey.
This is a knock out dram, it’s bursting with all sorts of flavour and one I wish I could get a bottle or two of.
It’s not quite on the level of the new batch of the 18 Year Old but it’s very close.
Well played Highland Park.