Appearance: Full golden, clear and bright
Nose: Aromatic smokiness with a hint of camphor
Palate:Rich, initially sweet developing into a dry smokiness
Finish: Rich, long medium sweet then medium dry
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - The nose is decidedly smokey-sweet with hints of flowers. The flavors on the palate are characterized by campfire smoke, cedar and toffee. Baking spices on the back end give a nice tingling finish. Delicious. The nosing passes find lightly toasted malt notes along with wood, sawdust, distant mint, and light caramel—not the most expressive Highland Park bouquet. The palate entry highlights the maltiness; at midpalate the taste becomes sweeter and honey like complementing the grain/malt base. Finishes assertively with the spirit underlining the honeyed sweetness.
— P.P. (12/15/2006) — 90-95 (Dec 2006)
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Highland Park 15 Year Old has a remarkably complex nose with notes of camphor, peat and citrus fruits and flowers. The drying sensation on the finish leaves a rich smoky feeling and the immediate desire to refill your glass.