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Highland Park 21 Year Old

Good, but out of character

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

14th Sep 2011


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Nose: Quite floral, peaches and syrup, green apple, orange juice, lightly toasted oak, iced tea, a little honey, a touch of amaretto. The sherry that is present is fragile and almost disappears with water.

Taste: Oak, honey, pepper, ginger snaps, rose water. Do I detect a bit of soap?

Finish: Orange zest and ginger, assertive oak. That faint soapy note returns. Very faint peat.

This 21 year old is very floral and lacks that pronounced Orkney peat, which to me is out of character for Highland Park. Additionally, that soapy note keeps me from falling in love with it. It seems that this one didn't strike me as much as it did other folks because I know that a lot of people love it.

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Victor commented

@Dellnola, I am interested to hear whether that soapy taste fades away over the next 3-12 months now that the bottle is opened. Soapy taste is the kiss of death ruin of a whisky for me. No whisky with much soapy taste could ever rate better than a 75 for me. But sometimes the soapy taste goes completely away after the bottle is opened for awhile.

10 years ago 0

Dellnola commented

Unfortunately, this review is from 5cl bottles (the only way I can find the original strength) so I won't get to experience that if that's the case. To make sure, I used the remaining measure from one bottle and the beginning measure from another, and the result was the same. The soapy taste is very faint, however. Faint enough to earn a score of 87, however, we all have different tastes.

10 years ago 0

mattberg commented

Your lucky to be able to obtain this in 70cl or 1ltr bottles at 47.5% abv.... this is now discontinued. We can only get the 47.5% here in London in 5cl bottles now... I've tried both the 40% and the 47.5% and the latter in my opinion is excellent... superbly balanced, silky on the palate, with complex stages... for me the only HP worth buying as the 12yo 16yo and 18yo are pretty boring with better offerings from other distillers..

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