Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Reserve Highland Park 1999 Exclusively Bottled for Dram Full

Style: Fruity and Creamy

Nose:

Bright, cheerful citrus fruits in a light mist of sea spray. Grapefruits and vanilla cream lifted up by Jalapeno pepper spice. Gentle peat advances nicely with floral honey, a small chunk of caramel slab. A nice and positive vibe I am getting here.

Palate:

More lively citrus fruits arrive on the palate. Grapefruit in beautiful contrast, lemonade soda fizzing so nicely. Vanilla custard undertone with faint dry malt. Fresh and resonant sweetness. Chilli flakes speckled on a fragrant stream of stewed fruits, peat smoke and seaweed notes. All sweet and creamy with nice subtle notes on the side. Very nice.

Finish:

More stewed and fragrant yellow fruits. Creamy texture with a dab of seaweed and peat.

Thoughts:

A delightful teenage Highland Park. Light-hearted fruitiness brings out the cheerful mood in the dram, bright sweetness delicately balanced by the youthful sharpness and milky texture. Not as complex as some of its counterparts, but it is irresistibly smooth and drinkable, not a common trait in Highland Park at this age.

☆ [Recommended]

[53.9% • Independent Bottling • 2014 Bottled • 1999 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Cask Number 4255 • 145 Bottles • Aged 15 Years • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered]

-Esmond

Thanks Shaun for sharing this.