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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2002 CWC
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points
- Is the same as Whiskybase ID 103024.
- A bit shy at first. Certainly no intrusive fellow, this malt. Refill sherry character à la Glenfarclas; the 15 years in the cask have taken the edge of the HP smoke, of which little is felt initially, but left the honeyed and herbal aspects largely intact. Actually, I'm not sure that I would've sniffed this one out as an HP had I tasted this blind. It's got quite a salty and sherbety island character, so perhaps I would've gone with Arran instead. There's a strong sense of acidity, but no outright fruitiness. The overall impression is the kind of retained freshness that results from prolonged periods of subtractive maturation. You could call this nose underpowered, restrained or elegant, depending on your personal disposition.
More power on the palate - and more smoke, too! Drippy honeyed sweetness (am I imagining things or am I now also getting some beeswax on the nose?), naturally cloudy apple juice, some black pepper as well as various herbs and spices (please don't ask me to elaborate, it's all pretty well interwoven). Perhaps a bit too bitter throughout, especially when water is added.
Things end as powerful as they've kicked off: the higher ABV dos not figure at all on the nose but is palpable in the attack as well as in the finish. Wafts of peat smoke, sweet barley and herbal honey carry through for minutes after the final sip. Not bad at all!
Verdict: not an in-your-face bruiser, nothing ostentatious, but a dram that grows on you with time. The nose had me skeptical, but the actual drinking experience won me over.
- Somehow, everything fits more to an ex-bourbon than a refill sherry butt
Citrus, vanilla, toffee, something floral
slight smoky note, some background sweetness, seasoning on tap. Vanilla notes, toffee, some citrus
short to medium, a light sweet spiciness remains in the mouth
- Maltstock 2017
N: fresh, smoky, fruity, slightly sweet and floral
P: briny, warming with spices
F: Long and drying
C: not bad!