Etikettarkiv: Highland Park 18 YO 2002 review

Highland Park 18 YO – 2002 (Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Connoisseur’s Choice)

ABV: 58.1 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and spicy. At first there’s a mix of baking spices and menthol floating on top of a sweet center. It consists of ripe red fruits, fresh summer berries and icing sugar. There’s a hint of oakiness and caramel as well. A floral, heathery peat sits in the back but it’s not pronounced at all. The whole feels dessert-like, but it’s not overly sweet. It’s not a heavy nose and it feels poised and laid back even though the High ABV helps it along. This is a nice nose overall which feels younger than its age.

Mouth: It starts out with a big and powerful spicyness and a sweet layer of vanilla and caramel. On the outside there’s a layer of sweet syryp-soaked fruits. The center part grows slowly as the spicyness peaks and the fruitiness gets pushed away. There’s a peaty note in the background but the other flavours keep it subdued for the most part at this point. The oakiness is detectable but it’s sort of mixed with the spicyness.

Finish: The spicyness start to subside almost immidiately and gives room to the other flavours. It’s now a bit dusty and the age is finally shining through with a complexity in the center. The baking spices return and together with the sweet vanilla/caramel center and the fruitiness it creates a very pleasant finish, which is the best part of the journey. The oakiness makes a nice entrance at the end and even though it’s not the most special thing, it works both with the lingering fruitiness and the small peatiness which resides around the edges. This is a really good whisky. It’s sort of hard to identify as a Highland Park though.

Additional information
This is a single cask release. It was aged in a refill ex-sherry butt. It was distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2021. Cask no. 6431, batch no. 21/053. 572 bottles were released.