...just like this flabbergasting Highland Park. Sure, the mysterious bottle maturation may have added a lot to this great experience but bottle maturation improves high-quality drams only (and makes bad whisky even worse). This was excellent spirit when filled into the cask in 1956 and outstanding whisky when bottled in 1976. And now it is just... a legend.
There were many of these old green dumpy HP releases from different vintages mostly aged between 18-21 years and all of them are excellent. By the way, I bought this bottle for 355 Euro in January, 2009.
The colour is old gold and the nose offers subtle and complex amalgam of dozens of different aromas with not a single off-note or imbalance. There are fruits in abundance (of all kinds), heather honeys, waxes, plenty of herbal impressions as well as a significant smoky note. The spices take their time to show up and the nose enfolds greatly upon breathing so take your time with this beauty. You will find some leathery impressions beside different oils and summer floral aromas ("flowery meadow"). But the best are the fruits, no doubt and they gather in strength over time. This nose is surprisingly fresh, still after 65 years. I could sniff this forever...
The taste is multi-layered with dozens of interwoven flavours in each of the layer respectively. It is a lot of fun to hunt down and catch an individual impression but it is not easy because there are too many of them, simply. Again not a single flaw or off-note, all is in close-to-perfection harmony. But beware all you modern thrill-seekers and spiky flavours lovers - there is nothing in it for you. No impression dares to challenge the others as if they all were afraid of entering the spotlight. This is a perfect choral of hundred voices on my taste buds - the "Carmina Burana" of single malt whisky.
The initial mouthfeel is simply astonishing with a creamy, silky texture covering all of my mouth instantly. No bitter or drying moments, there is just pleasure on my tongue. The finish is very long and extends the beautiful taste close to eternity with no distracting feeling at all. It vanishes slowly in fading waves that literally stick to my throat as if they want to hang around there forever. Water is not needed.