This was one of the drams we tried at the latest Fulldram tasting. It is the previous version of Highland Park 25 Year Old, released early 2000s. It didn’t live long because it was replace by the current oval bottles around 2006. It contains 50% first-fill sherry casks.
Highland Park 25 yo
(50,7%, OB 2004)
Nose: starts a little musty and meaty, with damp leaves and a floral kind of peat. Hints of caramel. I expected bolder sherry notes from its colour. Herbal notes (eucalyptus, heather) and coastal touches. Hints of red berries and a little vanilla. Very complex.
Mouth: slightly sharp. Herbal wood and heathery peat, with big chocolate notes and spices. Roasted notes, including coffee. Tobacco leaves and leather. Tart oranges and lemon. Fades on all kinds of spices (pepper, eucalyptus, nutmeg). Missing a bit of sherry roundness maybe, but again complexity is very high.
Finish: long, on toffee, walnuts and orange peel.
Technically an entertaining and complex whisky, yet somehow it didn’t impress me entirely because of the relative sharpness. Auction value around € 350.