Highland Park 1974 / 34 Year Old Ambassador's Cask 5

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Highland Park 1974 / 34 Year Old Ambassador's Cask 5
70cl / 41.5%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
The last of the legendary series of cask strength bottlings from individual casks selected by Highland Park's brand ambassador Gerry Tosh. This one is from a refill hogshead and has a relatively low natural strength, allowing the distillery character to sing with concentrated honey, soft smoke and rancio-esque oak flavours earning it 91 points from whisky gourmet Serge Valentin at Whiskyfun.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslandBottlerDistillery BottlingBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge34 Year OldVintage1974Cask TypeRefill Sherry
Tasting Notes:
Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

Nose: Fantastic at first nosing, so full yet elegant and very ‘polished’. Exactly this moment when the mingling of the spirit with the oak create a true third dimension, as in other majestic old spirits such as cognac or rum. First we have mainly honeycomb, figs and quinces coated with mint, eucalyptus and pine resin, the whole then bursting into myriads of secondary and tertiary aromas such as wax polish, hessian, tobacco, mushrooms (both fresh and dried), pipe tobacco, prunes… Then more tar, peat and liquorice, a tad heavier but never ‘too much’. Gets finally frankly balsamic (more pine resin, also turpentine, camphor, thuja wood…)

Mouth: Starts spicy and fairly tannic but with enough dried fruits and other honeyed bits to back it up. Develops on an obvious citrusy zestiness (orange peel, dried tangerines) and quite some tar and peat, just as in the nose. Quite some pepper too, a little curry and finally quite some cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Classic.

Finish: Long for its strength, with more liquorice and quite some mint in the aftertaste, as often with these oldies.

Comments: I think this one is (well, was) a good example of what ‘good’ oak can do to a fine distillate. Sure it’s rather oaky, but what a wonderful oakiness. SGP:462 - 91 points.

Customer Reviews:(1 review)
very very nice...you will love it,
- saha, 16th Apr '13
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