This is an 18 year expression from Highland Park circa 2004-2006 (older round bottle design). It’s bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Sweet sherry mixed with brine and anise. Fresh fish and cigar smoke.
Palate: Peated malt sweetened with a touch of sherry. Damp oak soaked in brine and mineral oils.
Finish: Bitter oak with a bit of sherry and vanilla – fairly weak overall.
Rating: 87/100 – Would love to try at a higher proof, but I really enjoy these 18 year Highland Parks.
Value for the money: These can vary a lot in price – modern ones are usually $120+. I think that’s pretty close to being fair if you like their style.