Highland Park 16 year old 2003 sherry butt 1885 TWE Exclusive 58.9%.
Opened for my son’s 6 month ‘birthday’, Dec 2021.
Now this might be up there with the darkest whiskies I’ve ever had in a glass. Red brown when held to light; when not it’s just the purple side of black.
Aroma is plummy, perfumed, touch of menthol-blackcurrant cough medicine, treated wood, the dark fruits go beyond actual fruit into something more liqueur or concentrate-like. It’s a restrained aroma though. Not muted, not closed as such...just restrained. Doesn’t sing or shout.
Taste is dense, not hot at all, salt comes through the dried fruit (I would say mostly chocolatey dates with a hint of cherry and fig), there’s a medicinal dental rinse waxiness up front that subsides and is replaced by a hint of ginger.
Very well balanced and cohesive. A good cask this one. It’s a sherry bomber’s dram but not as one-dimensional as I often find them. Actually I’m enjoying this more than most. I’d be wary about adding water to something that already drinks this easy, so I didn’t experiment.
A very solid sherry bomb without the poor improperly emptied or seasoned cask complaints I usually have. Sulphur? Nowhere near this one. Good stuff.
If I like it this much, it must be God-tier sherry bomb action! 3.675/87.5