An impressively rounded and unique flavour…
Highland Park 21yo
I must make a confession: I haven’t dealt with Highland Park for some time. No excuses, but it seems that official bottlings have slipped from my radar. Time to rectify this situation.
And to restart this relationship, that goes back to the early 1990’s, I’be re-acquainted myself with well-aged 21yo. Some regard this as HP’s best malt. But I’ll leave that up to you.
This is the 2019 release, where the mildly peaty but highly fruit HP spirit is matured in a mix of Euro seasoned sherry oak, ex Bourbon American oak and refill American oak.
From WhiskyNotes.be, “Mouth: spicy and sharper now. The oranges have a hint of bitterness, mixed with clove and nutmeg. A little cedar wood. A pinch of salt and herbal tea, as well as a kind of metallic edge. Just a little vanilla in the background, but I’m missing a fruity element here. Finish: quite long, still on the herbal side, with a little wood, lemon peel and dark brewed tea. 88pts”.
Official notes read, “An impressively rounded and unique flavour. As the warm spices and rich dried fruit flavours of the European casks mingle with the sweeter, exotic fruit notes from the ex-bourbon hogsheads, the softer influence of the refill casks finishes off the harmony”.