An exemplary Highland Park. There’s certainly plenty of sherry influence in this whisky and it is complementary. (About 2/3 of the whisky was aged on sherry casks, and a lot of these casks were second fill.) The whisky enjoys a delicious foundation of toffee, fruit (lemon, plum, blueberries) and dark chocolate. It continues to develop and evolve on the palate, with emerging notes of heather, nougat, lavender, delicate peat and complex dried spice (especially cinnamon and nutmeg) to balance the sweeter notes. The extra alcohol is also a bonus, providing a drying balance to the whisky’s sweetness. Whiskies like this one remind me why I fell in love with whisky in the first place. (Fall 2005) Reviewed by: John Hansell
Highland Park Scotch Single Malt 30 Year Old Tasting Notes:
Color: Natural colour; dark red golden, clear and bright
Aroma: Rich and nutty, there are aromas of smoked honey and a slightly floral perfume followed by subtle aromas of unsweetened coconut, bacon fat, and dark toffee with additional toasty scents of apple crisp, dates and oak.
Mouthfeel: The texture starts smooth and finishes with suede-like sweetness
Palate: Concentrated flavors of cedar, clove, caramel and vanilla. The midpalate features flavors of bacon fat, dark honey, fudge
Finish: Rich, long and surprisingly sweet for its age