[September, 2016] Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 58 Euro in August, 2016.
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85. My notes state this is an okayish underaged malt that is almost mature. Easy drinkable...
Continuation of the blind tasting eleventh of 24 drams. From the Highlands I guess not too old (8 years) and about 58% alcohol. Nothing special but drinkable but I do not need to have this dram again.It wasn't Highlands but Highland Park ;-) Age and alcohol was quite good. As I am no big fan of Highland Park I am not surprised of my negative feedback.
typical bourbon cask where you have decent glue, honey and a bit of oak. Alcohol is good implemented and you have some herbs. All in all also nothing special though. With water: now the alcohol tickling the nose which is surprising and a flower meadow influence.
A bit medical and also a bit bitter. The alcohol is too strong for me. So with water it is better as more balanced more fruity but still nothing special
Without water the finish is quite young and metallic. With water: The bitterness is not fully gone but much less and is now better!
My first thought on the nose was Sauternes maturing, but the taste did not fit. He is definitely young, as far as the alcohol is concerned, he does not seem so strong, but that often deceives the young things. I lean out of the window and say it's 7-year-old Old Pulteney from Rattray, barrel 700752, ID 64804.
Notes from a blind tasting.
So from Highland Park in my opinion has nothing. The key data fit but frighteningly well to the said Pulteney. One year older, 1.9% less. Also a prime example of well-integrated alcohol. The nose has weakened a lot, but in the mouth it is quite interesting.
The first impression is white wine, sour French Vin de Pays. This is really just the first impression, the sour impression persists. After a while, the acid goes back noticeably, it gets pretty malty. Some cake dough in the background. Otherwise there is nothing. Maybe sweat? The acidity varies between citrusy and completely artificial notes. Heat brings grain, pears and caramel.
The taste is also a bit sweet honey, but mainly herbs and dark caramel, malt beer. Here, however, no more acid. Slightly metallic, full mouthfeel but very soft.
The finish leaves an impression of cocoa and chocolate.
Nose: Very young distillate, very "new make". Pretty fruity anyway (pear). Palate: Malted cereal, young fruit. Again, very "new make". The alcohol is well balanced, however. Finale: Mandarin and apricot, with a growing bitterness. Verdict: It's very young (which is not my cup of tea, and I do not hide it), but well integrated and accessible.