Whiskies of Scotland (Single Malts Direct) Highland Park Tasting Notes

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Highland Park, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Single Malts Direct Whiskies of Scotland Highland Park 1990 (23 year old?) 51.8%

Tasted: Oct 2013

Nose: A beautifully soft and subtle nose of sweet barley, straw, mature white fruit, apricot and salt along with some lightly mature oak. Very complex with hints of waxed citrus fruit and honey. With time a light perfumed note appears.

Palate: Gentle, lightly oiled and a little spritzy with barley, mature honey, white fruit and salt. Pleasantly mature with hints of honey, earth and a little wood tannin. With time the mouth-coating oils develop.

Finish: Good length with an oily, white fruit finish punctuated by some light spice.

Conclusion. A very pleasant, mature Islander, which takes a little time to unwind and open.

Whiskies of Scotland (Single Malts Direct) Highland Park 25 year old 52.7%

Sherry/ Tasted: July 2012

Gentle, slightly perfumed, mature, first fill Oloroso aromas of juicy dried fruit cake with a delightful citrus rind note. Very complex with a lovely rancio of dates, lightly toasted raisins and prunes, coated in a light walnut syrup. Very clean, complex and very classy with some late charred wood and those spices becoming very dusty. A beautiful, mature sherry casked malt. 

The palate opens with some gorgeous, liquid, dark toffee, dates, prunes, raisins and liquorice, but a lovely, sharp, citrus twang balances. Wonderfully mature with a plenty of oxidative character. It does become a little drying as the tannins bite but that is to be expected at this age. Long finish, flecked with a touch of coal smoke and salinity. It becomes quite fresh as the salinity mingles with the citrus character. Beautifully balanced with a lovely violey after-taste. Conclusion: A lovely, mature, sherry cask.


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