HIGHLAND PARK 18 Year Old
Colour: Full gold.
Nose: Typical, starting with a little ‘nice tar, smoke and rubber’ as often, this very peculiar peatiness that’s often to be found in HP as well and then more grassy honey and baked apples. Also touches of dried mushrooms, flowers (dandelions) and dried fruits as well as fresh walnuts. Maybe melon. It’s relatively dry and pretty complex,
Mouth: A tad narrower than on the nose but that phenomenon isn’t uncommon with malt whisky. Some honey and honeydew, touches of mint, liquorice wood, coffee and Seville oranges, with quite some peat in the background. Also a little cough syrup, pine sap, something pleasantly bitter… Good body although it’s no monster of course.
Finish: medium long, with a little more toffee and touches of salt. Maybe a little rubber and smoke again in the aftertaste. Some lemon as well.