Appearance: Natural colour; dark red golden, clear and bright
Nose: Very rich, mature oak; chocolate; fudge
Palate: Full, rich burst of flavour; soft honey; nutty toffee
Finish: Rich, long and surprisingly sweet for its age
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - Rich and nutty on the nose, there are aromas of smoked honey and a slightly floral perfume. Concentrated flavors on the palate are of cedar, clove, caramel and vanilla. The texture starts smooth and finishes with suede-like sweetness. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The nose offers subtle aromas of unsweetened coconut, bacon fat, and dark toffee with additional toasty scents of apple crisp, dates and oak. The palate entry is rich and fresh; the midpalate features flavors of bacon fat, dark honey, fudge, and bitterswe
— P.P. (4/1/2006) — 96-100 (May 2006)
Until the launch of the 40 year old, this was the flagship variant of the Highland Park range was first released in April 2005. By its very nature, this whisky is only available in limited quantities. It is, however, worth seeking out as the ultimate expression of the distillery’s character.