Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Highland Park 20 yo 1995/2015 (50%, Gordon & MacPhail, Exclusive for The Whisky Mercenary, refill hogshead, cask #1485, 325 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: starts bone dry, grassy and barleyish, with an obvious lemony side. It’s only after a good thirty seconds that rounder and sweeter fruity notes come through, such as ripe gooseberries. Quite some acacia honey too, which makes it pleasantly nectary. With water: even grassier and chalkier. Touches of hay and porridge. Mouth: sharpish, starting zesty and grassy, just like on the nose, with lemons and cider apples everywhere, and a slightly acrid smokiness that goes well with this context. It’s also quite ashy and mineral. With water: it’s the coastal saltiness that comes out, together with even more smoke, you’d almost believe we’re on Skye. Finish: long, salty, ashy, smoky. The barley’s returning in the aftertaste, and it would come with touches of bitter oranges. Comments: probably one of the smokiest and driest HPs I could try. Some kind of bespoke batches? I find it very good, if really unusual. SGP:363 - 87 points.