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11 Jan 2013

Highland Park 1997 (Exclusive Casks)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Highland Park

Highland Park 1997, Pedro Ximénez sherry finished and bottled by David Stirk’s Creative Whisky Company in their Exclusive Casks series.


Highland Park 1997 CWC Exclusive CasksHighland Park 14 yo 1997 (51,9%, Creative Whisky ‘Exclusive Casks’ 2012, PX sherry finish, cask #6255, 90 btl.)

Nose: modern sherry, quite thick. Classic raisins and figs and a kind of syrupy sweetness that’s typical for Pedro Ximénez. Raspberry sweets and prune juice. Also a distinct sawdust / planky note which is not uncommon for this kind of speedy maturation. Mouth: starts nicely honeyed and fruity, but it quickly becomes spicy (pepper, clove) with an oaky undertone. Liquorice. Heather. A slight bitterness of herbal tea in the end. Slightly harsh due to the alcohol and punchy spices. Finish: long, quite grainy now, with much less fruits and only liquorice and spices left of the sherry.

Quite a modern style of sherried whisky. Quite good as well, although I tend to like my sherried drams a little more rounded. Around € 70.

Score: 83/100

Highland Park 1997 (Exclusive Casks) 3 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-11



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