Throughout the year, The Nectar has been releasing Anniversary Edition bottlings. Number 9 in this series is this 24 years old Highland Park 1992.
Highland Park 24 yo 1992
(50%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2016)
Nose: lovely fruity start, with plenty of apples and fresh oranges, moving towards grapefruits and a Clynelish-like waxy, mineral side. Hints of heather and dried herbs. Ginger, perhaps a hint of eucalyptus. Soft smoky touches. Just a bit of green banana. All good, great spirit and little cask influence.
Mouth: same zesty notes, initially lemons, then more luscious pink grapefruit. One unripe apricot. Quite zesty, also a hint of green tea and grassy notes. Granny Smith. Linseed oil and a saline edge towards the end. Very soft ashy hints as well, but really subtle.
Finish: long, chiselled, citrusy and rather coastal.
As I said: great spirit, with a nice combination of fruits and maritime hints. The fact that the cask had little to say makes it seem younger than it is. Perhaps that also makes the price hard to swallow: around € 350, give me a break!
Score: 88/100 (as always, based on quality alone)