Highland Park 18 Year old from Orkney is an exceptionally balanced Scotch. Additional aging in oak enhances its already smooth flavors. On the palate, there is burnt caramel, cedar, candied apples and piespice with a finish of leather and sweet tobacco. Neither too sweet or too smoky , Goldilocks would say it was just right.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 95-100
"Opening aromas are of sea breeze, cigar smoke, oak and malted barley; air contact releases light caramel, fudge, cocoa bean, burnt candle wick and heather. Entry is the most complex of any whisky; midpalate soars on oak, spirit and grain tastes. The greatest distilled spirit of this generation. Buy whatever you can find. Best buy."