So sad that this is now gone - Jim McEwan (Murray McDavid's master) created the Celtic Heartlands series. This was the 1967 Highland Park - 35 yr old @40.1% from American Oak cask.
Flapjack, warm from the oven. Cooked morello cherries.
Sweetly smoky. Flavours well integrated and contained. Slow, disciplined, development.
Firm, powerful, straight-ahead. Rounded with a suggestion of mint toffee.
The more heavily-sherried expressions of Highland Park seem more open in displaying their charms.
Full and rich. Dry grass, light peat, lanolin. Touch of perfume, (heather bells) fudge, kumquat. Fine-framed oak.
Excellent weight. More fruity than nose suggests with good balance between firm oak and sweet, butter tablet mid-palate. Complex.
A beauty-but what else would you expect from HP?