Whisky Review – SMWS 4.194 Lip-Smacking and Mouth-Puckering (Highland Park)

SMWS 4.194 Lip-Smacking and Mouth-Puckering
Distillery – Highland Park
Maturation – refill ex-bourbon cask
Distill date – 30th November 1995
Age – 18 years old
60 bottles
53.3% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
~£70 from SMWS – now sold out.


Nose.

Sweet pine trees. Pear drops. Acetone. Newly painted statues (this reference coming from the first time you open the packaging of a statue of a geeky origin, for me, new Star Wars statues/mini busts!). Leather. Sweet liquorice. Clove. Cinnamon. Sticky sweet chilli sauce. Oranges. Fresh crisp apple. Pear drops. There’s touches of ozone, fresh sea air and a light nuttiness. Very complex and explorable.

Palate.

Intensively sweet, sweet shop confectionary rings out, some melted chocolate, oranges, toffee. There is very little alcohol burn, it’s very palatable at full strength. In the development we have honey, some chewy toffee. Later in the development we have peat smoke coming through. While this sounds very similar to other drams, the experience is something else, it ‘feels’ quality. This is a very very intense feelgood dram.

Finish.

Long, developing sweetness, chest hugging warmth. Toffee, a touch of peat smoke and earthiness. Slowly drying out with a touch of oak char. I’m finding things a little speechless this feels so damn good. Utterly beautiful, just an amazing experience of a dram.

Adding water.

A few drops added. On the nose we have floral now. Lots of heather. Parma violet sweeties. More leather. A touch of pipe tobacco. Polished oak. Some wood char. On the palate we have refined delicacy, so well balanced, sweet, light smoke, so many sweeties, gentle spice, chewy honey, creamy vanilla ice cream, a touch of oak. The finish goes on for an age and is low down in the chest warming, calming, gorgeous stuff.

Conclusion.

I’m finding this one difficult to express. It’s amazing stuff. Such balance and finesse. I don’t know how to express how much I flipping love this. Other than saying that obviously! Ok, in summary. This makes me HAPPY!

My own bottle

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