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So there's an interesting story behind this. At a local pub with a great Whisky selection, I asked the bartender for a Highland Park 18 (which I later got, and will review shortly). When I got the dram and brought it to my nose, I was shocked. Nowhere close to what I was expecting. So I asked the bartender what she poured me, and she poured me the Macallan 18 instead.
So! Reapproaching the dram in a different state of mind, I was very pleased.
Nose: Warm, plum, definitely big on the sherry, with a twist of vanilla and oak. This nose is loaded with fruit, from rasberry to strawberry and back again. Mmmm.
Palate: Fantastic. Very, very good. Smooth, plum again, obviously huge on sherry, licorice and oak. This body is fairly complex and a lot of fun to explore. A hint of tobacco and smoke, very subtle, comes through at the end.
Finish: Warm, heavy, fairly long. The flavors that come through here were a little hidden on the palate, and I love that, with a touch of chocolate and dried red fruit giving this dram a desser-like feel at the end. I love it.
A beautiful dram. Not what I had hoped to order, but truly thrilled and pleased with this. A go-to for those that love a sweet, heavy sherry.