Served straight; apples, honey, heather, chalk, roasted nuts, and light peat in the nose; lots of ripe tropical fruits, honey, wood spices, and some peat on the palate; medium+ long finish, with also tropical fruits, toffee, and some sea salt; overall, quite enjoyable as well; so 91-92 points again.
The extra six years on oak have deepened and intensified the character of heather and honey; there is a hint of natural sweetness, hints of peat and seaweed, the oak does not dominate in any way; an intense and energetic Highland Park. At Berners Tavern, London, UK.
Fresh (vanilla oak) on the sharp nose, as well as faint seaweed and some peat. More oak on the palate and peat on the midpalate. Smoke, peat and salted caramel on the warming finish. Not as smooth as I would have expected from an 18 Y.O. Note: this was from a 50ml miniature.
Well, another regular pleaser that I haven't had in years. Let's see how it holds up
Nose: Honey, grass, and an interesting smoke-burning tire, but without being acrid. Salt and sea-water behind dried fruit and candied nuts. It's a pretty fun combination, and very well integrated. Vanilla and eucalyptus top a green apple crumble that's heavy on sweet baked bits. The nose is elegant and enticing. Sweet, salty, floral, fruity, and smoky. Deeelish.
Palate: Flabbier and lighter than I'd have expected from the nose. Similar base, honey, wood, lemon and non-sour kumquats. Salted vanilla ice cream (woohoo!) and maybe chocolate malt. The wood creates this great mushroom and earthy strand, and then helps to tighten up the flavors at the mid-palate.
Finish: Lemon and salt. The wood has something of artificial sweetness to me (Hi and Low - aspartame), which puts me off somewhat. I can see why so many swear by HP, and I liked it, though I was distracted at points and it left that awkward sweetness for me (especially after the honey was so well done)! B-/B
Very fine whisky with all the trappings of 6 more years in the barrel when compared to their excellent 12 year old. A little more carmel and weight, but still nice sea breeze and Orkney character. Note - my bottle does not look anything like the one in the picture for the tasting notes.
This may not count, so I won't score it, but I must state for the record that I love this single malt. Two cubes of ice to keep in cool in the tropical heat. Beautifully smooth, caramel and toffee wrapping, fruity core, and long lingering finish with a wreath of smoke. Yum.