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Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 Review

6th October 2021
Review of Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2Highland Park recently bottled the second whisky in its permanent ongoing Cask Strength series which they launched this time last year, the Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 has been bottled at a cask strength of 63.9% ABV.

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 is a marriage of whisky of various ages which has been matured predominantly in sherry seasoned European and American oak casks and a small quantity of ex-bourbon casks which have been hand selected and brought together by Highland Park's Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion who designed the series to encourage exploration of flavour.

Gordon Motion, said: "Cask Strength Release No.2 celebrates the harmonious balance of tastes in the classic Highland Park style.

"I want to give everyone who loves Highland Park the chance to experience our single malt whisky in its purest form, its full flavour allows you to discover the taste and strength that appeals to your palate by adding ice or water according to your preference."

Bottled 100% in its natural state as it came from the cask, no added water, naturally coloured and non chill-filtered Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 has a RRP of 60 and you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.2 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely icing sugared sweetness, a little orange oil, a touch of coconut, a gentle distant heather honeyed smoke and a wee touch of pepper.

Taste: Barley sugared almond and raisin with a mild honey smoked edge leads, a tinge of liquorice, a little pepper, a touch of vanilla, oak spiced orange and lemon citrus, some coconut.

Finish: Deliciously long, the barley sugars, almond, fruit, gentle honeyed smoke and oak tussle it out before bowing out to leave some lingering peppery oak spice and a lovely wee tinge of liquorice.

Comment: Smooth and delicious, a perfect balance of gentle honey smoked sherry and bourbon cask Highland Park and the cask strength simply adds to the flavour pleasure, an outstanding Highland Park. Highly recommend!

SMW Score 94/100

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