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This is the youngest age stated release in Highland Parks core line of whiskeys.
At first sniff it seems very similar to JW Black in a subdued manner. At second sniff, theres more vanilla, a little more smoke and a bit more complexity.
The mouthfeel is solid, coats nicely. There's a bit of smoke, followed by a hint of sweetness and vanilla. I really like the smoke here without a lot of peat, although its not overpowering. I'm not getting much more than vanilla, some charred wood and smoke. That's the opposite of a problem though, I like it.
The finish is a bit shorter than the Glendronach but its not harsh, abrasive or short lived. It's a little bit lower on the ABV, which I attribute some of this to. There's a little smoke on the finish.
I didn't really know what to expect from this. For a dram I did 0 research about ahead of time, I'm pleasantly surprised. It's complex and well integrated.
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