Highland Park The Dark 17 Year Old 52.9.%

Another week, another Highland Park, that’s certainly what the crowd are saying and yeah, it’s another release and yeah it’s expensive at just under two hundred quid but is it any good?

This has been taken from European oak sherry casks, it’s 17 years old and is bottled at a rather hefty 52.9% so that’s a bonus.

I received a sample from Highland Park.

This, for me, needs a good teaspoon of water and needs twenty minutes in the glass. To be honest I had three glasses of this over a couple of days and each dram lasted me an hour, it’s that kind of whisky.

Nose. Ginger and clove with sherried fruit, in fact imagine a Christmas cake with added ginger that’s been tossed onto a smoky barbecue, if you can imagine that, then you’re with me here.

Palate. Caramel flavoured coffee, that lovely sweet smoke that’s indicative of Highland Park, lots of winter berries and lots of Christmas cake brandy and sherry mix, lovely.

Finish. Long lasting, smoky with a caramel ending.

This is lovely but it’s £80 quid more expensive than the 18 Year Old and that’s an issue for me. The 18 Year old is fantastic, one of my favourite all time drams, this is different to the 18, yeah, I’ll give you that, but it’s another one collectors will go mental for and the rest of us will enjoy a dram in a bar but buying it? Well, it’s too expensive for me for what it is.

The Captain.

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