Highland Park 15 Year
Peated Single Malt
Highland Park // Islands, Scotland
Initially released as a UK exclusive bottling in 2003, this has now been released worldwide. Traditionally, Highland Park's core expressions are aged entirely in European ex-Sherry casks. This is the exception to that rule as it matures predominantly in American ex-sherry barrels. The wood is cut in the Ozarks, but the staves are air-dried in Spain for 2 years. The cask is toasted, not charred and holds dry Oloroso sherry for 2-3 years to season the wood. The barrels used are about 35% first-fill barrels, with the remainder refill Highland Park barrels. Highland Park is a lightly peated whisky coming in at 2-4 ppm.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, ex-Oloroso sherry
"The peated smoke seems to be more intense in the 15 year old bottling particularly on the nose. It's got a sweet midsection with apple and spice and everything nice. On the finish, you find salted peanut brittle and smoke."