The Whisky Mercenary selected his newest bottling from the Gordon & MacPhail stocks. Twenty years old indie Highland Park. We’re not complaining!
Highland Park 20 yo 1995
(50%, Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive for The Whisky Mercenary 2015, refill bourbon hogshead #1485, 325 btl.)
Nose: sweet heather honey and zesty notes at the same time. Green apple, white peach and lemon candy. Slightly youngish banana and pear. Subtle coconut notes and a touch of mint / menthol. Very soft peat smoke and limestone. A rather summery version of Highland Park, thanks to the bourbon oak.
Mouth: rich and fruity, with stewed fruits and a banana and pineapple combo. Candy sugar. Nice oranges and coriander seeds. The whisky translation of a Belgian triple beer, in a way. Some hay. Marzipan and honey sweetness. After that, light spices, hints of peat, creamy chocolate and quite some pepper.
Finish: long, fruity with lemon, a touch of smoke and faint hints of cocoa.
Good stuff, very fruity and incredibly drinkable. Expensive but better than a lot of official releases. Arriving in stores as we speak. Around € 145.