This is a rather reserved HP that is very delicate and tasty (let it breathe for more than 20 minutes). Whoever expects the usually bold and impressive Highland Park profile might be disappointed but I really suggest you try this one to get another perspective of this fine distillery. I like it, for sure (just the price is too high)...
The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that slowly builds some fat tears with very slow legs (not too bad, actually). The nose is rather shy at the first sniff and offers an autumn floral-herbal-spicy profile after a while. It is subtle and balanced but not what you expect from a HP, usually.
The taste is shy (according to HP standards) but nevertheless delicate and quite complex, given you prefer a herbal profile. It is barley sugary sweet with fine smokey aromas and some shy fruits in the background (beside the herbal-floral flavours).
It arrives warming but just a little coating in the mouth with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and sweeter than the taste (on barley sugary and honey flavours). Water turns the dram smoother but I like the neat dram a little better.