Sometimes I skip over bottles simply because they are too familiar, Highland Park being a good example. Not that I've even had it that many times, but it is a common brand to see on the shelves and I'm too enticed by flashy new labels that I often miss the gems right in front of me.
As soon as I nosed this one, I knew it would be good. Rich and complex, it is just as peaty as I remember, the right level for me. Brush fire and heather honey. Juicy grape, and a light sulfurous note adding just a touch of pungency.
Marvellous palate entry. The malt, peat, and sherry cask influence find perfect harmony in the first flavours which burst on the tongue. Beautifully clean vanilla, fresh grape and light smoke at the sides of the mouth. The initial flavours fade rather quickly, while the finish leaves a hint of gingerbread which don't linger for too long.
This bottling has really found the right balance of flavours. I get the impression that it was made with great care and both the distillate and the casks were of first quality. The light body and short finish are really the only things lacking in this one.