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I had heard a lot of good on this whisky before I had the pleasure to taste it myself. Some of the well known experts mention it as one of the best from the Highland Park distillery. Therefore I had great expectations for that specific whisky, and I dare to say that they were not all fulfilled, altough HP18yo is a very fine whisky. I was expecting something more explosive or provocative, but this one is not. Balance, balance and balance: that is what it is all about. But that makes it one good dram that I will drink and re-drink again!
Nose: There is definitely some peat in there, a good presence of pear and hints of honey sweetness. Very soft, I could smell it for hours.
Taste: Honey and pear again, very smooth, a good texture. After a little while the peat subtility becomes more present.
Finish: Long and enjoyable spicy finsih.
Overall, this whisky is highly enjoyable, but if nothing stands out, it is because this whisky is perfectly balanced which makes it deliciously smooth.