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Selecting similar quantities of contrasting cask types – nine first-fill European sherry seasoned oak hogsheads, eight ex-bourbon hogsheads, and nine refill hogsheads – gives Highland Park 21 Year Old single malt whisky an impressively rounded and unique flavour. As the warm spices and rich dried fruit flavours of the European casks mingle with the sweeter, exotic fruit notes from the ex-bourbon hogsheads, the softer influence of the refill casks finishes off the harmony.

Highland Park 21 YO Single Malt Tasting Notes: 

Color: Tarnished, mellow gold 

Aroma: leather, tobacco leaf, flamed orange peel, sherry, a subtle wisp of mechanical smoke followed by  an amazing freshness, almost juicy, like a bowl of freshly sliced fruit salad eaten in an old leather armchair: orange slices, banana, ripe pear, grilled pineapple, even a hint of guava.

Palate: a rich, mature, leather-and-cigars kind of flavor, with lots of dark chocolate and spice followed by a sweet, quenching fruitiness: tropical fruits poached in honey syrup, more oranges, unfiltered cider, dried apple rings, soft toffee.

Finish: long and pleasant, is like snapping into a bar of dark chocolate. A little water amplifies the sweetness at the expense of complexity; I prefer it undiluted.

Price: $365.00
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