The HP is oily and rather restless with its 63.3% in the nosing glass. The high alcohol content initially cools the nose a little. But after a few minutes this has completely disappeared and wonderful HP-typical notes come through. Honey, vanilla, heather, fine wood and really just a tiny nuance of smoke. The alcohol seems to be blown away and you can rightly say: THAT is a Highland Park!
First I dare to try the HP on its own. Old Swede, it goes off in your mouth! Understandably, the 63.3% push hard at first, but to my astonishment the malt is soft, oily and smooth on the tongue after a few seconds. As with the HP 1995 MOS, there is a little more smoke in the mouth than in the nose. The flow of saliva is properly stimulated and hints of light chocolate like oranges and a hint of coffee and nutmeg are added to the honey and vanilla notes. Very interesting, very pleasant and dangerous to drink!
With water: With water, the HP opens up a bit and looks a bit more complex in the nose. Suddenly I hear a delicate note of caramel and after sniffing a little, I also have the cigar box in the background. On the tongue, the HP is now a bit milder and sweeter, but the basic character is retained.
In the finish, the sweetness of honey and oranges dominate, but the spicy notes of oak soon take off. Nuances of pepper and ginger now speak up and play a harmonious counterpoint to the herbalism from the nosing. The sweetness cannot be completely suppressed and there remains a long-lasting potpourri of the elements on the tongue that conjures an ecstatic smile on your face.