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Highland Park 2005

Overall rating
85.50/100
votes
2
Whiskybase ID
WB126111
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Series
Vintage
2005
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill Butt
Casknumber
1792
Number of bottles
556
Strength
61.4 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Trillium
Bottled for
Ontario Exclusive
Added on
17 Feb 2019 11:35 am by ialdous
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2005

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Nice stuff! Plenty of flavour, nice sherry influence, and some lovely honey, fruit, and chocolate notes. It’s still pretty hot even with some water added, and unfortunately the water takes off some of the complexity. I experimented with different amounts of water, and the heat stayed on even several dribbles in. It’s pretty sulfurous too, which really doesn’t bother me but I know that’s an issue for many. This was one of those where my score slowly ticked down as I sipped it. All in all, it’s not even close to worth the price tag, and isn’t as good as that Texas Edition, but there are many worse things you could be sipping on.

    Nose: A bit nippy, no surprise considering the proof. Dark Oloroso sherry, a bit towards the earthy side. Fairly sulfurous. Raisins, prunes, dark-chocolate-covered strawberries, and chocolate chip banana bread. Some rum balls and panettone. Those chocolatey notes tend towards earthy, more tobacco than peat. Plenty of cloves, manuka honey, and some dried chilis.
    A good dribble of water kills the nip and amps up the honey. There’s more stonefruit now (peaches and cherries), along with Swedish Berries and bananas. Hey, now there’s a bit of peat and black pepper too.

    Palate: Needs water desperately. Bright, fruity, and honeyed on the arrival, with wine gums and ripe strawberries. Chocolatey peat, tobacco, creamy black tea, coffee, cloves, and vanilla on the development, surrounded on both sides by honey and Oloroso. Astringent and slightly lemon-tart on the back end.
    There’s now a medium-thick texture. Honey up to 11. There’s more tobacco and black pepper as well. The development seems a bit simplified though.

    Finish: Creamy. Honeyed lemon tea. Pain au chocolat. Various fruit chutneys. Green apples with honey and cinnamon on the back.

    Water brings out more of the cane sugar cola, citrus, and floral notes, as well as some peat smoke and sulfur. Maybe a bit of dried oregano.

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