Highland Park 40 Bottling Note
A very special expression from Highland Park. Few distilleries have the requisite whisky stocks to add a 40 year old to the core of their range. Highland Park made sure this was sure to turn heads with stunning packaging. The bottles are adorned with a silver amulet, the glass bottle was specially created by Stolze Flaconnage and the box was finished to cabinet quality by Mount Gabriel.
The nose is rich and full. Notes of pine and eucalyptus oil with hints of manuka honey. There are some fruit notes, grassy heather and mixed peels developing with gentle smoke. The palate is full and a little oily. Notes of leafy greenness and marzipan with hints of sherry. There are some thick oak notes with Seville marmalade and a little spice. The finish is long with perfumy notes and zesty bitter oak.
Absolutely amazing dram. I tried this on site at Highland Park after a tour. Exquisite and syrupy, leathery nose and mouthfeel. Probably the perfect age, where the cask is just about to become a little intrusive (but hasn't just yet). So sweet - beautiful slightly burnt dark brown sugar, and a hint of that smokiness everyone loves from the pure Orkney peat. The easiest 10 I could ever give - it's tempting to take out a second mortgage so I could afford this. Maybe when I turn 40......