This 25 year expression is part of Highland Park’s core range. It’s a blend of ex-sherry and bourbon casks and bottled at 48.1% ABV.
Nose: Delicate peat and brine up front with a semi-sweet apricot jam following. Oak is relatively mild overall.
Palate: Peat is deftly balanced with the slight sweetness from sherry influence. Some brine and caramel notes round out the profile.
Finish: Very long finish with salted oak, smoke, black pepper, and subtle sherry notes.
Rating: 93/100 – One of the greats for me in terms of a core range from a distillery. Not overly bold in any way, but a great balance between sherry/bourbon casks with a little peat.
Value for the money: Sadly, Highland Park is going the way of Macallan in terms of its prices going through the roof. I bought this a couple years ago for $275 or so which I would say is worth it. However, since then it has been continuously rising leading to current retails of $450-$500+. I can’t recommend it at that price sadly, but if you find an old one sitting around at the older prices, I’d jump on it.