A special bottling of Highland Park to commemorate the retirement of company chairman John Goodwin. Bottled at 35 years of age – the same time Goodwin spent with the company – this was bottled at cask strength in October 1997, two months before he retired.
Funny ‘G’ on the label instead of the usual ‘H’, in honour of ex-manager John Goodwin. Colour: deep amber. Nose: this is a completely different story! Starts almost extravagantly, on old leather, cigar humidor and lots of nutmeg. Then it’s a maelstrom of aromas – but an elegant and disciplined kind of maelstrom (?): antiques shop, old cupboard, old books, ginger, heather honey, pollen, cedar wood, Virginia tobacco… amazing. Then we have something superbly vegetal (a little chlorophyll, camphor, eucalyptus leaves)… All that keeps dry and straight, extremely elegant, not unlike the best old Springbanks – isn’t that a pleonasm, by the way? Very classy nose, that’s for sure. Mouth: much bolder, much more invading than the 1977. Superb spiciness mingling with all sorts of dried fruits, both exotic and ‘western’. Ginger and cinnamon plus kumquats, dried lychees and longans, soft liquorice, argan oil, pistachios and bitter almonds… Then figs, prunes and huge notes of mirabelles… Then verbena and chamomile… The oak is very present but is really an asset here, bringing a great backbone to the whole. But beware maltoporn, let’s go quickly through the finish now (long, superbly spicy, gingery, with notes of old yellow chartreuse and always this excellent mirabelle eau-de-vie). Okay, 94 points for this one (and thanks, Giuseppe).
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottling Date||October 1997|
|ABV/ Volume||50.0%/ 70cl|