Highland Park

Highland Park 22 Years Old 1992 Sherry Cask ~ 59.6% (Cadenhead’s)

Highland Park 22 Years Old 1992 – Sherry Cask

Island single malt scotch whisky

59.6% ABV, £96 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

HP22yo1992SM

What they say:

Distilled at Highland Park distillery in 1992, bottled in December 2014, 234 bottle outturn at cask strength of 59.6%

What I say:

Dram No. 4 at the Jolly Toper Christmas Tasting (18th December 2014) was this sheer cask matured Highland Park expression. Matured a full 22 years before bottling at cask strength as part of Wm Cadenhead’s Single Malt range.

Colour:

Copper amber gold (7/20)

Nose:

Floral rose and heather, fruity gooseberry and kiwi, malty, island peaty – heather brush fire

Taste:

Cereal barley malt, salty, fruity, apple, kiwi, pear and gooseberry, orange and grapefruit zest, heather honey and wisps of heathery peat smoke

Finish:

Medium/long, drying tannins and woody oak, salty and gently peaty

Overall:

A classic Highland Park expression, perhaps a little light on the Sherry influence for my liking but this allowed some interesting and unusual fruity notes to shine in this dram. The favourite of many in the tasting, though I preferred the Tullibardine preceeding this one.

 

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