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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Highland Park 25 yo (bottled 2012), 45,7 %

Review #320
This official bottle is matured in ex Bourbon casks and 1st fill Sherry casks. The oak is the first that stands out in the smell. Some dry vanilla (is that a thing?) and dried fruits. Definitely dried apricots. Fruity sweetness as well.

Lot of power at first! The fruity notes starts to rush in. Vanilla, a touch of honey and nuts as well in the taste. The oak is very dominant in the finish, but in a very good way. Like it is bottled at just the right time. It stays for a long time, just pampers your palate!

A fantastic dram, but it comes with a heavy price tag. It is below 46 %, but works like a full potent cask strength whisky. Some water really opens it up, but be very careful not to drown it! Great stuff - I will rate this 89/100 (22/22/23/22).

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