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Highland Park 25yo 1988/2013 'Small Batch'

(55.7%, Cadenhead's, Sherry Butts, 1086 Bts.)
Average Score: 90
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryHighland Park
Brand NameHighland Park
Year Distilled1988
Year Bottled2013
Bottling NameSmall Batch
Alcohol By Volume55.7%
Other DetailsSherry Butts
Average Score90

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson90
Ho-cheng Yao87
Krishna Nukala92
Tim Puett92

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonThick winey hugely wood matured nose here. On massive sherry influence of the drier kind. Some spent matches in there, but very far from the eggy unpleasant kind. Gets a wee bit sourly with water, but rounds off nicely on the classic raisin style. Equally powerful dry bitter taste. Really so much wood influence here. A bit on fernet branca in the aftertaste actually. Massive massive. A dash of water will give it some much needed calming down although the spent matches stay throughout.
Krishna NukalaHere you come across nice smoke and fruits- looks like a sherried malt with peat and smoke. Lots of complexities with some heathery notes too. Excellent dry, sweet palate. Very sweet and syrupy. Some organics too towards the everlasting finish.(blind tasting notes of MMA 2013)