Excerpt: Despite the proof, the dram has plenty to show without adding water. However if you do, you'll bring out more spice on the nose and a little chocolate. The finish is bittersweet and tangy with a mix of fruit, moss, and peat.
Excerpt: This whisky delivers the structured flavor development that Highland Park is famous for. There is less peat than expected outside of the exaggerated finish but plenty to occupy the senses until it shows up.
Excerpt: Sweet and smoky on the palate, with toffee and orchard fruits turning more citric in time. The finish yields sweet spices, more honey, dark chocolate, black pepper, and bonfire embers. Classic Highland Park—turned up to 11!
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A new release from Highland Park, this particular release is an Official Bottling from the distillery, released widely, and stickered around $85 or so. Billed as the First Release, and bottled at 63.3% ABV, it seems likely we'll see follow up bottlings from the distiller as well.
Powerful and inviting - the ABV is immediately apparent in the richness of the nose. Toffee, creme brulee, powerful slate and pepper on the nose.
Sweet on the palate at first - bold with plenty of oak and dessert flavor. Creme brulee, cocoa, oak and a bit of toffee stand out before powerful ash, faint smoke, and a bit whallop of burning wood and minerality storm in. There's no shortage of flavor with a rich mouth feel, and the ABV is incredibly gentle - you'd never know it was 63% ABV.
Long finish, loaded with stone, slate, ash and cocoa as well as a bit of honey, and pepper.
Highland Park's first exercise in a wide release, OB Cask Strength offering is a standout success. While pricey, it's worth every dollar and a welcome release from a producer who's leaned into quantity over quality in other recent releases.
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