This is a 19 year Highland Park from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It was matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 53.9% ABV.
Nose: Delicate balance of heather and floral notes up front followed by apricot jam, motor oil, and turning fairly malty after a few minutes.
Palate: Smoked fish with pear chutney, nice level of peat balanced against some fairly strong oak and seaweed.
Finish: Sweeter here as pear and peach notes poke through the peat/oak veil – fairly long finish.
Rating: 87/100 – A pretty standard, if not slightly better than average, ex-bourbon Highland Park.
Value for the money: This ran $160 through the US SMWS, and that’s not too bad of a price (especially for SMWS). I’m not sure I’d buy a bottle, but wouldn’t be too disappointed if I had at that price.