There is not all that much info to be found about this Highland Park that was bottled for some Belgian dudes (Eric Vermeire, Jan Vissers, Geert De Clercq and Erik Vervoort). Someone whispered into my ear that the cask was discovered by these Flemish whisky lovers while perusing casks in the Gordon & Macphail warehouses in Elgin. They discovered that the cask was leaking and decided on the spot to bottle it. Just 68 bottles could be saved. I cannot say with certainty that the story is true, but it is a good one, I think. Is the whisky good as well? Let’s see.
What a special nose. Grapefruit and gooseberries, fresh lemon juice and crystal sugar. Nice smokiness. There is even a medicinal note that I cannot quite put the finger on. Atypical, but grand.
Nicely oily and very smoky once it passes the lips. Sturdy entrance, mind you. White fruit, hay and heather with some white pepper and liquorice. Pretty ‘naked’, if you know what I mean. The expression you are looking for is ‘close to the grain’.
The finish is the clincher! Wonderfully long on white fruit and pink grapefruit with a very smoky terminus.
Delicious Highland Park with a good story, but alas nowhere to be found anymore. Thanks for the sample, Bob!