Notes from a blind tasting.
OK, so I really would not have come to Highland Park, I was rather at Tobermory. But the bottom line with such wet finishes is usually not much left of the distillate. Here it just killed the smoke. In retrospect, you could have interpreted the tongue's occupancy in the finish and a few touches in the nose as smoke, but it was not noticeable here.
Red fruits and caramel make the beginning, creamy, like herbs below, but rather closed. After a while, initially vanilla, massive, then again fruit notes, still creamy, in principle no change, maybe a little more spicy. Warms up more fruits, a little more alcoholic and also a hint of menthol.
Sweet and creamy on the start, the alcohol also pushes clearly, mainly honey, although a few berries could also save in the mouth. There is also some seasoning. There is also a little oak in the back, but very subtle.
In the finish it dries increasingly, the oak strikes now tannin-heavy, barrel acid occupies the back palate. Overall medium length and it spreads a nice warmth in the chest area.