Retaste: The aspects I used to not like are not as intense. Is this a change in my palate, or a result of the bottle having been open for quite some time? I don't think it's the bottle being open, as I'm pretty liberal with the Private Preserve (if you don't use this, it's an inert gas that keeps oxygen out). Anyhow, I'm more of a fan now. B
I am a big fan of Highland Park but I have not had many OB Single casks. This one caught my attention and it did not disappoint. Very different from the standard expressions (aren't all single casks that way?) with a bunch of fruits with bananas, cherries, blackcurrants, and cake right out of the oven. The wood clearly imparted some cinnamon and caramel with all-spice and honey. There is darker, burnt rubber or heavy oil smoke in there as well but all in a good way.... The finish was rich and robust but could have lasted a bit longer.