Nose: neat: Light and fresh with notes of honey, lots of fruits with pineapple, apples and mango more obvious, slightly smokey. After around 10 minutes it gets incredibly fruity, unlike anything I ever tried. I was tasting an HP21 at the same time for reference, and it's a completely different animal! with a drop of water: amazingly, it gets even better, with the honey notes coming forward while everything else underneath giving it additional layers of flavour. Slight smoky note basically disappears.
Taste: neat: translates the nose beautifully and add tobacco and leather notes, some slight wood notes, which complement this whisky perfectly. Again tremendously fruity, alcohol incredibly well integrated, in a way you can't really feel it! Fantastic! with water: pretty much unchanged... continues being amazing with lots of flavour and complexity!
Finish: medium-long, on leather, some herbal tea and again, very fruity
Comments: I bought this sample for two reasons. First, I'm a Highland Park fan. I really tend to like their whiskies. Second, it got great reviews on the web. In the end, I'm really sorry I wasn't able to buy a full bottle! This is one of the best whiskies I've tasted so far.
MY SCORE: Highly Recommended +