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24 Sep 2012

Highland Park 1986 (Mo Òr)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Highland Park

 

Highland Park 1986 - Mo OrHighland Park 24 yo 1986 (46%, Mo Òr Collection 2011, bourbon hogshead #2275, 300 btl.)

Nose: typically flinty and coastal at first, with some dried hay and ashes. But it’s also nicely sweet, with vanilla fudge, gooseberries and heather honey. A little lemon balm and wax. Beautifully balanced and rather exemplary for a bourbon HP. Mouth: quite peaty compared to the nose or HP in general. Sweet honey and lemonade again. Sugared grapefruit. Marzipan. Soft spices. Liquorice and some grassy notes. Finish: long, slightly earthy / peaty. Still quite sweet with some herbal accents.

This is a nice Highland Park, showing typical coastal notes alongside a sweetness and peatiness that are bigger than usual. Good stuff. Around € 153 (expensive indeed).

Score: 88/100

Highland Park 1986 (Mo Òr) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-24

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
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