It flows extremely sweet and fruity out of the glass. Sugared fruit salad, with a little vanilla sugar on top and a light perfume. Wonderful, I love such sweet fruit bombs. There is also a certain spice, almost slightly salty or mineral, which gives the dram a very interesting depth. For me, that's what distinguishes this Highlander from a fruit bomb such as older Glenturrets. Mango, papaya, citrus fruits with a slight acidity, passion fruit and apricots, with green apples and rock sugar. A hint of liquid blossom honey and again in between these slightly mineral aromas. Some mint? The alcohol is good, but not perfect, incorporated. The citrus fruits then show a clear tendency towards oranges and orange peel.
It continues exactly the same, but the dram is now soft and round with the alcohol perfectly integrated - but still very powerful. It has an oily consistency and shows the spicy and malty side a little more. The fruit and the sweetness remain, but there are significantly more spicy oak and oily-salty Highland aromas. Vanilla, but now mixed with oak and sawdust. Creme brulee? Waxy, slightly mineral - you could almost think of another distillery - and then again mixed fresh herbs. But all of this still has an extremely soft and smooth texture in the mouth. Delicious and very interesting!
long and again soft, creamy and oily. now even more oak with its typical spicy, slightly bitter and also sweet taste. A little vanilla and more oranges. The taste evaporates relatively quickly, which is a shame, but luckily you can just take the next sip :-) A worthy conclusion, because there is a lot to discover here too, and I would most likely call the combination of the aromas "harmonious." "- and that fits!
I like the nose very much, while the taste and finish are very pleasant, tasty and also very interesting. This dram has everything I want from an older, barrel-strong Highlander - clearly a buy recommendation - simply a pleasure! Only the price should have been a little lower, but you have to get used to it for better or for worse ...
N-93, T-92, F-90 for excellent 92 points