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Highland Park 12 Year Old

Very promising

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@electricwoodReview by @electricwood

2nd Dec 2011


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Have acquired this bottle as a less peated companion to my Islay malts and upon good reviews. At initial bottle opening, there's a smell of furniture laqueer that fades out within a few minutes. Very malty with hints of fruits and peat. First tasting expectedly found aromas quite muted with big malt presence and light peat throughout. Velvety mouth feel. After a few hours it starts to unveil itself a little, fruits being more present, so does the oak's warm aroma. Almost evolving sip after sip. So far, I've had quite a good moment with this pleasing malt. I can't wait to taste the result after letting it breathe in its bottle for a few months. Also I wouldn't expect something put to rest for 12 years to awake all of a sudden.

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GregLogan commented

EW - I greatly appreciated your comment re: furniture lacquer that faded out after a few minutes. I not infrequently get that particular nose with that same fading out quality so that it is replaced by the more subtle qualities - maybe that is the opening up in the presence of air that is often referred to. A think less experienced noses will be affected by that more - whereas more well used noses will manage to get past that because they know it is temporary.

Best, Greg

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