Highland Park Whisky 12yr Old 700ml, 40%
Highland Park is that northern-most Scottish distillery, located in the Orkney Islands, that gets constant mention and conistent praise within the Scotch enthusiast community. While the vintage releases and older expressions are favored by longtime drinkers, the younger bottlings get credit for being both balanced and unique, as well as being a great way to step up to a more interesting class of Scotch whisky for those who are otherwise content with the high-volume Speysides. Highland Park uses Sherry maturation, though never overpowering any of its standard releases with it, and a heathery-peat smoked barley, as well as hard water, to craft their exceptional whiskies. Color: deep orange amber. Legs: medium sized beads, quite slow indeed. Nose: honey, burnt butter, whiff of smoke, heathery flowers, mixed berries. Palate: there is a honeyed, soft maltiness right away, with very nice flavor movement toward a complex melange of wood smoke (like burning oak twigs), heather, citric fruits, and mixed spices.
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