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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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Series Highland Park 1991 23 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: A denser than usual opening of stewed fruits, pineapple tart and plenty of cask waxiness in the aroma. Robust spices forming a powerful pillar, spearmint, a dab of vinegar and minerals building around it. Nice, creamy vanilla following a floral peat trail. Palate: Delicate and beautiful baked tropical fruits converging…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Highland Park 1996 Aged 20 Years

Style: Sweet and Oaky Nose: Intriguing and busy opening – Fresh peppermint infused with Eau De Vie flowing onto a layer of apple honey. Cold pressed Aloe Vera juice, coastal breeze growing stronger, dash of salt and peculiar touch of mineral peat you won’t expect from Highland Park. The sweetness consolidates to form a sweet, floral…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Highland Park 2001

[57.1%・10 Years Old・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2012・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Casks 3006, 3007, 3008] Nose: Bourbon char, the spirit is quite oily and pungent still.  A decent layer of Orkney peat with white chocolate, creme caramel, heather, lavender,  golden honey and toasted barley. Palate & Finish: Lemony with waxed apples in the mix, a generous pinch…

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Whisky Review: Rest & Be Thankful Highland Park 1989 Aged 26 Years #3257

Style: Sweet and Rich Nose: A wonderful opening of fig and raspberry jam on the nose, I thought this is a Bourbon cask, no?! Dates, walnuts and plenty of waxiness going on. Purple flower, cooked tropical fruit stacking on top of thick honeycomb while a pinch of sea salt is tipped on top of subtle…

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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…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection Highland Park 1987 “Aida” 28 Years Old

Style: Delicate and Floral Nose: Extremely gentle, Parma violets landing on lemon zest. Slipping on a heather honey coat and the floral tone is so delicate and calm. Herbal touches, peppermint gleaming and a scent of fresh, wet green grass and rain drops. Malt with a cereal veil sits at the bottom, an ethereal touch…

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