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Nose: The classic heather honey sweetness is there alongside the equally classic dark chocolate coated orange peel and ginger. There is something else, lighter and more citric as a back note with a slightly metallic note that makes for a wonderfully fresh nose for a malt of this age.
Feel: For me this is near perfect, rich and mouth coating yet not at all cloying.
Taste: Surprisingly light at first with citrus, lime and a little grapefruit before smokey edges drift in with the ginger, chocolate and orange from the nose. The oak balances beautifully with a touch of toffee and cinnamon.
Finish: The oak takes grip but within the limit and a coppery sharpness adds balance. Persistent ginger and orange with a dark caramel sweetness carry through the considerable length.
A truely classic malt for me. I have tried the Highland Park 30 over a few different years now and, while it changes slightly as different notes take centre stage it always seems balanced and beautifully elegant.