Great flavours: I love the tea and the rich honey and vanilla. It’s on the young-and-spirity side, but I don’t much mind when it tastes this good. It could be better of course: the finish could be longer and the texture could be a bit heavier. I tried this blind and correctly guessed that it was a Highland Park.
Nose: Very scotchly at first. Lots of toffee and caramel. A good deal of baking spices, along with heavy vanilla, rich manuka honey, orange pekoe tea, and toasted wood. A bit of wood-fired pizza oven, actually. Quite fragrant, too: a good hit of dried flowers and hibiscus. A little bit of wax. A touch of date-y richness, along with a bit of leather and cherries.
Palate: Slightly spirity. Peaches, cherries, pie crust, and flowers, coated in brown sugar. Oooh, there’s loads of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Big Darjeeling tea on the development, along with loads of honey and vanilla. Heathery, honeyed light smoke on the development with heavy toffee and candied nuts. Slightly green wood-y notes, like a freshly-chopped tree. Some foresty mulchy something-or-other in there.
Finish: On the short side, but the sweetness lingers. Tea with milk and honey. Peaches, orange marmalade, vanilla, ginger, and fresh herbs (mint). Lots of barley. Wood sugars. Just a hint of savoury woody funk. A hint of cedar.