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27 Mar 2012

Highland Park 2000 (Archives)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Highland Park

The second batch of Archives bottlings is made up of younger whiskies. It includes this Highland Park distilled in June 2000, as well as a Laphroaig 1998.

 

Highland Park 2000 ArchivesHighland Park 11 yo 2000 (50,9%, Archives 2012, bourbon hogshead #800005, 129 btl.)

Nose: sweet and sugary, with banana as the main theme. Banana ice cream or those lovely banana / whipped cream pastries. Hints of pears and white chocolate and soft heather / wax notes on a second level. Delicate, light and enjoyable but youngish and not too wide. Mouth: creamy and sweet, but also surprisingly spicy (pepper, hints of salt as well). Barley sugars. Pear drops. A hint of heather. Delicate smoke as well. Finish: medium long with the spicy / soft herbal notes and sugar sweetness lasting longest.

Very youngish and it has virtually nothing to do with the official profile. But it’s definitely nice, sweet and pretty summery too. Around € 60, which I find rather expensive. Available from the Whiskybase shop.

Score: 84/100

Highland Park 2000 (Archives) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-27
  • joeri

    Ze zeggen wel eens dat het om de inhoud gaat en niet om het uiterlijk, maar ik vind die etiketten van die Archives reeks afschuwelijk lelijk.

  • Menno

    Hoi Joeri,

    Bedankt voor je reactie op het label, als ontwerper van het label ben ik altijd blij met opbouwende kritiek :-)

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