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. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - 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.