Dram Review: Highland Park Valknut

[46.8%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Some gritty notes of barley husk to go with vanilla and custard, a lemony note signifying the presence of some distant diluted fortified. A vague smoke adding to the generic profile. Palate & Finish: At 46.8%, the dram conveys a decent thickness with its sweet, jammy nature. Baked walnuts…

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Dram Review: Ferraretto Highland Park

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 1980s・Ferraretto Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Raisins and cherry syrup, red apple nectar and honey with nougat. Impressively soft, with just a subtle hint of grassy peat. Palate & Finish: There is this overly sweet dark honey that coats the ripe fruits. A soft but elongated follow through with the white peaches. The fruitiness disperses…

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Dram Review: Highland Park Vintage 1973 Cask Number 11151

[45.4%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1973・Bottled in 2001・Official Bottling・Cask No. 11151・Single Cask Release of 500 Bottles] Nose: Proudly Sherried, quite leathery with the prunes lifting the acidity; sugared cream, milk chocolate and honey baked leg ham all in the background alongside cinnamon sugar and cardamom as there is a vague suggestion of peat blocks being lit…

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Dram Review: Highland Park Vintage 1973 Cask Number 11167

[50.4%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1973・Bottled in 2001・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 524 Bottles] Nose: Rounded, expressive and leans on the confectionary style, the dram carries an old school oily body. Cream Sherry and sweet toffee joined by roasted malt. Honey and wax with jammy orchard fruits with slight inferences of some vegetal notes and Japanese…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Loki Aged 15 Years

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Soothing, aromatic notes of fresh apples, honeydew and apricots, heather honey dripping lightly onto pine cones. Red fruits, a delicate but vibrant floral core builds up with a gentle, smoky kiss. Mmmm, all the signs of a good Highland Park… Lemon peel and peppermint edges, which is rounded off with…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Freya Aged 15 Years

Style: Green Fruits, Oaky and Spicy Nose: Peppermint arrowhead stringing a thin thread of lemon honey heather behind. Raw but reasonably fragrant tropical fruits, followed by an unexpected blot of sooty peat. Once it opens up pineapple panna cotta gently dusted with icing sugar comes in focus. Black and white peppercorn, a light briny end…

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Dram Review: Murray McDavid Mission Highland Park 1979 Aged 27 Years

[46.2%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 2006・Murray McDavid Bottling・Limited Release of 500 Bottles] Nose: Aged tea leaves and coffee cream, there is a certain vinegar inspired acidity with red wine tannins per the Syrah casks.  Towards the back end there is a hint of cream cheese. Palate & Finish: Fascinatingly sweet with Japanese strawberries drizzled…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park 18 Years Old “Viking Pride”

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Balmy sweetness entwined with light charcoal smoke. Limoncello, citrus edges over heather honey. Black peppercorns come in with barbecue peat. Peppermint, apricots and peaches. Finishes with a touch of dryness at the back. Palate: Soft sherry entrance, honey sitting on the white floral side, slightly perfumed. Rather rich heather roaming…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Limited Highland Park 1989 26 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Elegant Nose: Incredibly pleasant floral mead flowing on the nose. Fresh grapefruits giving a great citrus zing, while a slab of honeycomb slipping underneath to add a bit of depth and round sweetness. Green spearmint heat, ethereal peat smoke knitted in between core layers, throwing in a tiny dash of salt from…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Series Highland Park 1985 30 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Dignified Nose: Chilli seeds stepping in, followed by elegant pear drops and lemon orange citrus laminated with a sheet of cool spearmint. Parma violet, hints of French Lavender overriding dry minerals and soft coastal signatures. A thin slice of caramel fudge, delicate barley tail to finish. Nice. Palate: Pear and citrus candies…

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