- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Batch 3
- 63.0 % Vol.
- 350 ml
- Bottle code
- L0328A L10 07/06
- Added on
- 19 Jul 2018 9:21 am by RCA45
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Cask Strength Edition
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.83 points
- Everything a man loves about HP magnified
- This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger. It certainly was an enjoyable experience and It would be nice to experiment with a full bottle.
The first thing that hit me from the glass was Cocoa powder, honey,tinned prunes. After leaving it for a while and a few twirls off the glass you get a little of that familiar heather smoke. Lots of spice to tingle the nose along with the alcohol fumes. It's very pleasant though.
The first sip is like a jab to the mouth and after chewing it for a while and I mean literally chewing it I can feel my tongue go numb so the best thing to do is to hold it and blow the fumes out to leave the flavours. Lots of dried fruit mixed with nuts and spices. I am just going to add a few drops of water to see if I can some feeling back in my tongue and it still packs a punch but as Peatbogger mentioned it brings out those liquorice notes and brown bread.
A medium finish and there is a bit of toffee on the death. Also you would think there would be some dryness but there isn't it just leaves a nice coating of the mouth.
- Dynamite, sweet dynamite.
The earlier "lighter" version had more taste. This is "simpler".
Still a powerhouse of enjoyable clean whisky.
On first nosing it is hard to believe this is 63%.
But give it a solid swirl and nose dive into it... oh yeah, this is potent.
Let it settle again and there's the very typical HP nose.
Light smoke, citrus and heather honey, and a light sherry influence.
Give it some water and more sherry notes emerge, raisins, plums and wet wood.
Strangely as I deluted it down to about 45% the alc fumes are also getting more "agressive".
I find it very oily, almost fat.
Lacking the dryness I often find in whisky at this strenght.
In no way complex, a very simple profile, but lipsmacking savoury.
Bold, dark, burnt licorice.
Surprisingly gentle on alc feel and spice, although it doesn't take many sips to realize you're consuming something at 20% above average strenght.
Takes water quite well without loosing texture, feels a bit sweeter, but it doesn't really bring out more flavour.
It's rather short, but it's cheek warming.
It's got a very consistant taste from arrival to finish.
No drying or bitterness, indicating low cask influence.
It's lost 5% ABV from HP's usual fill strenght of 68% so I would estimate an age of 4-6 years.
As strange as it sound, adding water makes the finish dryer, and brings in a little bitterness.
Still it retains a remarkable spicyness.
But as usual I prefer it neat, with this one though... in small measures.
Right after finishing I find the empty glass smelling distinctively of horse manure. Pleasantly so.