Reviewed by Serge on whiskyfun.com on 1/12/2020:
A Highland Distillery 10 yo 2010/2020 (58.4%, Watt Whisky, 280 bottles) Five stars
Naturally, no one will tell anyone about what’s actually in this bottle. These secret malt whiskies are really getting boring, but on the other hand, better secret and good than disclosed and bad, as James Bond would have said. Colour: pale white wine. Nose: whelks and seaweed smoke (beach) over paraffin, olive oil and the most acidic green pears that ever existed. Wonderful Sancerre-y tension. With water: the louder wax and paraffin really gives it away. Mouth (neat): when youth is an asset. Extremely tense once again, punchy, lemony and chalky, with some olive brine, those green pears and some green apples too, then an unexpected slightly Laphroaiggy development, leading us towards cough syrup and, perhaps, Jamaican high-ester rum. It’s a brilliant drop, just wondering if the cask hadn’t sheltered some other very characterful spirit before. We’ll never know, I suppose… With water: when citrons and grapefruits are chiming in while the waxiness got even bigger, doubts dissipate. Finish: long, tense and tight, really all on wax, seawater, lime juice and chalk. Some coastal smoke too. Unbeatable. Fat green olives in the aftertaste. Comments: totally on the Axis of Good that runs from HP to Springbank via Clynelish and Ben Nevis. No, that’s all very personal.
SGP:462 - 90 points.