Black Friday is upon us again, and after last year’s phenomenal success of the BF bottling released by TWE (which was a 16 year old from an undisclosed ‘family owned’ distillery – read ‘Farclas), which sold in under 20 minutes, they have done it again! this time, there were more bottles (1400) and they have limited it to two bottles per customer. I was quite sure it would not last an hour, but it certainly did! one hour and 6 minutes from 1400 to 0…. and SOLD OUT.
As opposed to last year, this one’s an 18 year old malt from the Orkney Isles (and not a Scapa) which leaves no room for doubt: 18 year old CS Highland Park, for under 70 quid… not a bad deal is it? I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek and try that before the sale began, and for those who have bought a bottle and wondering how it is, or for those who did not and are wondering what they missed, some tasting notes are due, right?
Nose: A very nice entry with some coastal influence, sea-spray, and nice sweetness as well , the trademark HP heather honey is certainly here, as well as some smoke, soot and a lemony touch, that works well with the polished wooden furniture note. Quite autumnal as well with a leafy edge, even chalky / dusty at times. a certainly rather complex nose!
Palate: Big and lovely, yet classic. quite dusty at first, waxy as well, quite a lot of smoke / soot, as if licking the inside of a chimney, there’s also sweeter notes of creamy barley, ripe orange, and more wood spices / cocoa that works well with the smoke and hints of ash, more dusty notes, and a hint of pepper / nutmeg, then more wood smoke and earth.
Finish: A hint of salt, more soot, earth and leaves.
A lovely autumnal highland park, complex, smoky, and lovely with the heather honey, which is undeniably Highland Park. At this price, it’s a no-brainer. Hopefully you got a bottle or two early Friday morning. and if not, you can expect it to appear on auctions soon, and not a lot above the initial price, as it’s not an official HP. TWE have nailed it again, with an affordable and great VFM treat for Black Friday.