This Highland Park 16yo TWE, on the one hand is a bit like the badass A'Bunadh of Highland Park with its very sherry and cask-raw side… But on the other, even if the latest versions of A'Bunadh have lost a lot in quality (and in interest), we are in a completely different price range. If we compare the two in terms of the age / quality / price ratio, obviously. Because, ultimately, at HP they remain logical with the price of assemblies of this age and of equal (or lower) quality. Afterwards, other single casks (admittedly younger) have good looks too, a little less certainly but for half the price ... But this one has a body and a character a little more up to the asking price than not bad of assemblies giving in the fan-service.
It rocks heavy and we will let it breathe ... Then I think we will add a little water, rather quickly. Very marked by sherry, as its color suggested. So nice and frank notes of leather and tobacco, chocolate also emerging with the addition of water ... A rather light peat, a little too light even (which evaporates with the addition of water). Notes of red / black fruits (such as blackberries), or dates / dried figs are unfortunately very little present (almost non-existent). This despite my expectations in the matter. Strong, interesting but also a little disappointing.
Ha yeah, anyway, cocky like mom (mom won't mind, don't worry). A slightly “badass” whisky, very dark, on chocolate (dark and intense), liquorice, soya, tobacco… With the addition of water, notes of nuts emerge, just like figs finally appear. a little more smell with a touch of caramel. Going from cask brut to whisky diluted with a little water is very pleasant I find. I like both but it feels good to switch from one to the other, half-glass like. Take it all in, then we'll give you some ointment. Ya know watta mean?
Long, on chocolate and tobacco. A fairly strong dryness in the mouth (passing better with the addition of water).