Highland Park 22 yo 1992/2014 (59.6%, Cadenhead, Sherry Cask, 234 bottles)
Colour: full gold. Nose: hold on, Cadenhead, there’s a typo, this must
have been a rum cask! And a ‘heavy’ one, Trinidad or Jamaica or
something, because I find these olivy dried fruits and these orangey
bananas… or something. And earth, tobacco, wee whiffs of cow stable,
fermenting oranges, almond oils, walnuts, mustard… Now maybe was it some
sherry wood-matured rum? Forgot to tell you, I love this nose. With
water: clean earth and leather, if you see what I mean. Mouth (neat):
a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Green lemons, yellow tobacco, pink olives, blue peat and
strong agaves (rather than sugar cane). I may have muddled up my
adjectives, apologies. With water: maybe was it a sherry cask indeed.
Tart oranges, salt, a touch of antiseptic and always quite some tobacco.
Finish: long, on the same notes plus an earthy/leathery side. Fresh
limoncello in the aftertaste. Comments: how embarrassing, Cadenhead did
it again. To be very honest, the last thing I want is to sound as if I
was biased toward those good people, and I’ve even considered not
reviewing the new ones for a while, but that would be just… stupid. And
rather masochistic. Between us, the best thing that happened to Scotch
malt whisky in the last two years was Cadenhead’s incredible revival.
Not that they were down, of course, not at all, but there… Loud (albeit
uncomfortable) applause! SGP:552 - 91 points.