A single cask bottling of Highland Park from 'The Ambassadors Cask' series, this 3rd edition has been selected by Gerry Tosh, Highland Park's first Ambassador. The whisky was distilled in 1974, aged for 33 years before bottling in a 35cl bottle rather than the usual 70cl to give more people the opportunity to taste this 33 years old whisky. One of only 372 bottles.
Colour: gold. Nose: starts both smoky and floral (dandelions), with also quite some old leather. Maybe a bit austere but it gets then much fruitier. Quite some peat as well, green tobacco (do you know Indonesian cigars?), shoe polish... Very interesting in any case. Gets more and more complex, step by step. Fresh mint, camphor, cough medicine, cloves... Beautfiful and ‘complete’. Mouth: much fruitier now, with a lot of tangerine and pineapple, candied oranges, very ripe bananas (or dried – not the ‘Irish’ kind), getting then zestier. Lemon marmalade, even passion fruits, hints of melon and peach... Balance: perfect. The whole is highly drinkable, which may be he problem here, with 35cl bottles... Finish: not too bold nor long but smooth and very, very more-ish. Comments: fruitier than usual, isn’t it strange that ambassadors choose casks that aren’t too typical of the distillery? But we won’t complain here, this one offers a lot of pleasure. SGP:642 – 92 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||44.8%/ 35cl|