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If you read my previous review of the Macallan 18, you know that the Macallan ended up in my hand on accident... and what a beautiful accident it was! However, THIS is really what I came to order. Treating myself to the Macallan 18 and the Highland Park 18 in one night was a fantastic desicion.
Nose: Peat, campfire smoke, swirling with fruit and sherry. I love it. A bit of saltiness there too, which is great. Quiet, but powerful. Balanced.
Palate: My kind of dram. Warm, peaty, smoky, but really remarkably intricated with fruits, salt and sweetness. You get the best of all worlds here. The mesquite campfire smoke is incredibly enjoyable. Biiiiig smiles here!
Finish: Long, oaky, smoky, warm... in my opinion, the way it should be. A swirl of sherry and fruit creeps back into view too, reminding you that they're thre.
Putting this next to the Macallan 18 is a tough prospect. Both incredibly delightful drams, for two very different reasons. For a straight-up sweetness and sherry influence, Mac 18 is perfect. For the smokiness and more complexity, HP 18 is a gem. Can't compare the two, they are both delightful depending on what you're in the mood for.