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I acquired this Highlander after careful homework study. I believed that this would be a nice first Highland style bottling. Popular, as it is the third most bought scotch bottling after Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. So I bought this one for $39 USD.
Color: What can be described as liquid gold. Oddly enticing color, it makes you hope that this is a great whisky. I kinda didn't want to open this bottle as it looks quite impressive. Its one of those small number of bottles that you could impress someone if they don't know too much about the art of whisky.
Nose: Beautiful notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Sweet floral notes are evident. Sweet with vanilla, caramel, and honey. Slight herbal notes that linger in the background. This is an excellent nose, one of my favorites outside the Islay region.
Body: Slow yet thin legs, medium-rich body. It coats the tongue well.
Taste: Initially very sweet with honey and vanilla custard. Creamy assorted fruit notes exist in the way of more citrus and cherries. Gentle spice notes in the way of cinnamon poke through also. This is delicious, so far an excellent dessert dram.
Finish: Very lingering and sweet fruit and honey laced finish. Simple yet delicious. A great finish to this dram.
Overall: This is a wonderful and sweet dram. Quite the representation of what I believe a dessert dram is to be. This could easily replace dessert for me (sometimes ;). This is a great sweet digestif. The only problem is that I could understand this being too sweet for some. It could become a little too much.