Highland Park 1983/1992 (59.7%, G&M Cask, cask #1556) Colour: full amber. Nose: powerful, pretty much in the same vein as the great cask #1096, only simpler and a little more ‘brutal’ at less than ten years of age. Orange marmalade and heather honey, with once again these faint rubbery notes. But this one really needs water. With water: it got amazingly demonstrative this time. Heavy notes of lovage, beef bouillon and parsley instead of rubber! Good news... Mouth (neat): very good attack, maybe a tad ‘narrow’ when compared to the others but very precise, all on roasted nuts, orange liqueur and these notes of verbena that we already found in cask #1094. Interestingly drinkable at such high strength (whilst its lighter bros were a bit too punchy) but let’s see if it gets more complex with water. With water: little changes this time, and almost no meaty notes on the palate, unlike on the nose. Finish: long, with the spices coming to the front this time (pepper and cloves). Comments: another excellent one. Just a little extra-complexity would have propelled it to the 90-mark or above. SGP:652 – 89 points.