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Highland Park 18 Year Old

Layers of unique HP flavor!

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

29th Nov 2010

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What a treat this is.

Nose: Salty sweetness, fruit, a bit of smoke and oak. I once read someone write salted butter, and I agree. Very well balanced and a good sign and representation of the taste.

Palate: Sweetness up front (toffee, caramel, whichever you like best) which then transforms into a wonderfully spicy and smoky flavor. The transformation from sweet to dry is smoothly transitioned and perfectly timed. Absolutely perfect amount of peat!

Finish: The drying effect is almost uncanny and quite famous amongst admirers. I have few words. Wonderful.

This is a fantastic whisky. Of all my bottles of whisky, this is definitely my favorite. The character of this whisky is not at all one-note and it is extremely well balanced. The transformation of flavors sets this whisky apart from others. I'm on my third bottle of this stuff and I have realized that this whisky seems to peak when the bottle is 3/4 full and it stays relatively consistent from there. Upon opening a bottle, I've noted that it is a lot spicier and oaky. I will see if future bottles behave similarly.

Anyway, superb stuff! Half a star taken simply so I can leave room for any potential usurping by another!

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2 comments

@monty
monty commented

This really is an optimal whisky in terms of value against character/maturity.

Wonderful, like you say.

8 years ago 0

@Dellnola
Dellnola commented

Absolutely monty. Had another glass last night and I'm beginning to identify some maraschino cherries on the nose. I'll have to nose this a few more times before I warrant that identification. I try my best to weed out any contrived notes.

8 years ago 0

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