Highland Park 1988 Cadenhead's
Added on Friday, Oct 17, 2008 at 01:06 AM
  Bottler: Cadenhead's
  Age: 10 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1988 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 59.50 % Region: Island
  Price: $120 Availability: Specialty Stores
Distilled June 1988  Bottled June 1998
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Wet dog, rubbery, detecting some sulfur, but there's some rich and juicy sherry hiding underneath.
P: Big dry sherry with some spice and pepper, hard to tell through the sherry but there might be some peat lurking under there.
F: The sherry tries to beat out the sulfur, but it doesn't quite make it. 
This could have been real good, too bad they messed up the cask with sulfur.  Check out the Whiskey Bible 2008 pages 9-12 for more on the use of sulfur to preserve casks before filling with whisky. 
Very grapey nose, maple syrup with currants.  Palate is basically as syrupy as you'd expect given the nose, and permeated with flavors of dried berries and fruit.  Mint aspects dance in and out in the long finish.  Despite the high ABV, I say don't add water, as I found it brought out only detracting notes.  A tasty and rather unusual example of Highland Park.  
The nose is tree sap and honey, faint though.  The taste hint at being syrupy, althogh I can't place what syrup.  Maybe the thick palate is fooling me.  Riding the syrup is a dry-fart sherry with a quick peppery short finish.  I would write home about it, but I will write you... obviously. 
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