Old Malt Cask

Highland Park

1988, Aged 10 Years

ABV 50%
REVIEWED Issue 5
Specifications
Brand: Highland Park, Old Malt Cask, Douglas Laing
Expression: 1988, Aged 10 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 10 years old
ABV: 50%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Douglas Laing
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Highland Park Distillery, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Fragrant smoke and polished oak.
Palate: Rich. Hugely voluptuous sherry. Golden Syrup.
Finish: Some spicy esters emerging. Soothing. Warming.
Comment: Utterly delicious, but the sherry masks the peat and salt.
8.0
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: A surprisingly oaky start for a young Highland Park; spicy and subdued peat as well. Lacks the usual distillery balance.
Palate: Massively spicy start, though once the big honey-peat middle kicks in, this soon fades. Some sherry fruitiness makes itself evident, but succeeds only in flattening the palate.
Finish: Quite long and peaty but otherwise featureless.
Comment: Only the fabulous honey-peat core saves this from being something of a disappointment. I have always felt the Highland Park is a malt that suffers at the hands of a sherry cask and this sample, while having one or two fabulous moments, rather proves the p
7.5
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