BTC sample 16 – Highland Park 25, 48.1%

Thinking ahead is what I was doing yesterday. Tonight I can’t taste my sample so I was kind of happy when I thought of that yesterday, so I could take some time for today’s sample too. Unfortunately, I was having such a good time tasting a dram that by 11.20 PM Anneke asked me if I ever filled in yesterday’s guess. Which I forgot. I’m an ass. L’Hollande, zero points.

Sniff:

Highland Park 25

Highland Park 25

Very beefy sherry, with charcoal and Christmas cake (the dough part). Massive amounts of wood. At first I was a bit put off by it, but after a few minutes it started being rather delicious. Stewed dried fruits, plums, sandalwood.

Sip:
Again, the beefy, greasy sherry with European oak. Lots and lots of oak. Raisins, dried plums but I also start getting some balsamic vinegar with strawberries. On the verge of being too beefy sherried.

Swallow:
A long and woody finish. Sandalwood, dried fruits, plums, raisins, everything comes together here. There’s a certain spice mix in there too that I can’t put my finger on. Allspice and then some.

I was going to go for a Longmorn, around 20 years old at about 50% ABV. When I saw the results, I wasn’t too upset, since I would probably have scored about 1 points out of a hundred. I find this very overly sherried for the Highland Park bottlings that I know, which comes as a surprise. A delicious whisky nonetheless, but on the verge of losing it.

The Highland Park 25 is available at Master of Malt for € 183

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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