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Highland Park 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

(70cl, 41.8%)
Highland Park 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)
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Highland Park 1968 Bottling Note

A wonderful single cask Highland Park, distilled in 1968 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Peerless collection.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A thick, sweet nose. Rich and full bodied, honey and vanilla, cedar.

Palate: Sweet, great body and sublime mouthfeel. Thick and rich with notes of cocoa, vanilla, custard, citrus, marmalade, oak.

Finish: Dried oranges, potpourri, tingling spices.

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User Reviews of the Highland Park 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Chris's Review

The nose is slightly high toned and cheesey to begin with, which was something I wasn’t expecting. Once poured it needs some time to settle down. First impressions now are that it is more like a heavily oaked Spey than a Highland Park. Yes there are some pleasant dried heather nuances but the oak is firmly in control. The cheesey note has now become more of a lanolin note and there is a touch of sugar coated herbal honey, which sort of offsets it. Nevertheless the dominant oak smells relatively fresh and not as mature as I would have expected, so I would assume that it has been re-racked at some stage.

The palate is gentle, oily with a light makula honey and sweet, fleshy citrus fruit. Not particularly coastal and initially the oak is not as intrusive as it is on the nose. The alcohol although relatively low still has a refreshing bite. It doesn’t take long for the oak to reassert itself with bitter tannins and hints of coffee, even though the gorgeous honey tries its best to wrap it up. It’s not particularly long, and one feels it’s pleasant enough for its age, but for £310 is pleasant good enough?

9th July 2010

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