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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

HIGHLAND PARK 1985 - CADENHEAD AUTHENTIC COLLECTION

To finish off this streak of Highland Park bottlings, I have saved an indie treat for you. Like the 'Freya' I just reviewed, its matured in ex-bourbon but a single cask this time and not a 1st fill either like the 'Freya'.

It is, however, really something of a treat and if you love your whisky fruity with a dash of peat this is certainly one to go for - although the price may be a bit of a hinder, its €200 here in Denmark.

Never then less, for a bottling this quality and age, in times like these, it seems a pretty fair price. (Is this a new opinion from me? I dunno, maybe, but its what springs to mind when thinking of this bottling). Here's my short review...

Highland Park 1985 28yo 48,3%, ex-bourbon cask, 252 bottles, Cadenhead Authentic Collection

Colour is pale straw

Nose:
Loads of tropical fruit and vanilla, fresh baking, sugars, peach, banana and aromatic smoke, bit of citrus (lemon) and a fresh garden smell (grassy?).

Taste:
Tropical fruits galore, some spice and a smoke trail, also quite some mineral notes, barley juice and green notes, carries a very creamy mouth feel and very much in balance, I'd say....

Great stuff! its certainly delivers everything the nose lines up for you. It's good to see older Highland Park from the indies, especially Cadenhead, that's put out some good stuff over the years... just last year the 25yo small batch - you remember that one??

89/100!

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