Bottled exclusively for the Scandinavian market, Highland Park Cask Strength Edition (57.1% ABV) is raising expectations. Youthful and almost reminiscent of a bourbon, the aroma offers vanilla, honey and wood polish. With water, you get hints of vegetation, moss and sour berries. Tasting rough and fairly immature, bitter herbs dominate the taste before distant peatiness starts to emerge. The finish is swift, mineral and a bit metallic. Did HP really believe that thirsty Norsemen wouldn't notice the lack of depth and complexity? Well, most certainly don't...
I like it alot more than recent 12 year old, where the new 12 is too peaty and might have cover their signature honey flavor, this is more complex and balance, with hints of sherry.. it need some rest as the first nose is quite aggressive. Felt generous - 90 point!
First nose is aggressive, rest needed! Honey, smoke, fresh oak, hints of sherry, vanilla, some lemon, minerals, however not much / no peat? It feels more crafted and complex compare to their new 12..
Same as nose with some mints and citrusy.. With water: more citrus and saltiness