So, what’s with the normal name? Where’s the Leaping Trout or Stare of the Beaver? Honestly, I start having fun with your daft names and then you launch this.
This is a special limited edition Highland Park for Travel Retail, it’s a 46% bottle rather than the standard 18 Year Old which is 43%, unless that’s changed in the last ten minutes, it’s very hard to keep up these days. A bottle of this will set you back £120 a tenner more than the already slightly expensive standard 18 Year Old.
A sample of this was sent to me by Highland Park.
I think this needs a little water to bring it out, not so long in the glass though, I found twenty minutes gets the best out of it before drinking.
Nose. Lots of honey, a raw natural honey, cherry cola, smoke mixes through everything without taking over, touches of rum soaked raisins, some vermouth notes at the end.
Palate. Smoke and honey, more cola, feels like a rum cask finish at times, bits of vanilla and something spicy, little bit of tobacco too.
Finish. Medium, decent, white pepper, ash and cherry cola again.
This is very pleasant, as an 18 Year Old Highland Park should be, especially at over £100, it is to be fair to it different from the standard 18 and different enough to justify paying out for it if dropping over a hundred quid on a bottle of whisky is something you regularly do, as a treat whisky, I’d stick with the standard 18 Year Old which for me continues to be one of the best whiskies in the World.