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NOTE: this was tasted from an old 18yo dumpy botle!
Let me taste some Highland Park whisky with a small H2H with two 18 Year Old. First this one from a dumpy bottle from an era long gone, next to a modern 18 Year Old from 2007.
The nose is very expressive and aromatic, much more so than the recent bottling. I think the amount of sherry casks in these older batches is much higher than in current batches. Loads of fruit in the shape of melon, pomegranate, apricots and banana. Mildly floral. Caramel and honey. Wonderfully sweet! Hints of toasted oak. Great.
The attack is less powerful than hoped, but creamy. Fruity like on the nose (oranges and figs now), upholstered with coffee and nuts. Almonds. Some flowers. Toffee & honey. A bit salty. Pretty complex.
The finish is pretty long, silky soft and sweet. Evolves a bit towards rum, imagine that!
This is much better than the new batches, which are already good, so that is saying something. Cracker dram! Thanks, Foamy.