In the mouth it has an okay balance after leaving it to rest, but I miss depth there. Finish is fine with a great maritime ending. All in all sadly a let down for this classic expression. Highland Park, at least for the official bottlings, is finding itself on a slippery slope.
Thanks for the sample, Frans!
From the start, pretty quickly recognizable as a Highland Park. There's light peat, some smoke, grilled meat, pepper, apricot, blood orange, maraschino cherry, citrus zest, raisin, dark chocolate, vanilla custard, heather honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Rather thin but more punchy than the nose, which was easy going. Leaving it to breathe takes away some of the sharpness. Again light peat, heather, iodine, pepper, seasalt, apricot, ripe banana, kiwi, citrus zest, dark chocolate, toffee, sultana, honey, vanilla, pistacchio and some minerality too.
Okay balance, with some sharpness that needs to mellow out. All I need now is some depth! I wouldn't give it 18 years if I didn't know beforehand.
Medium length with a maritime focus. Very salty. Soft smoke, brine, heather, salted caramel, licorice, sultana and honey.