The nose is slightly less sweet than the 12-year-old expression. I get honey and citrus up front. The sherry cask influence is noticeable. There’s also floral peat and a subtle campfire smoke. This whisky has a rich mouthfeel, with honey and malt on the entry, followed by layers of heather peat, sweet smoke and toffee. Sherried fruit dominate the finish for me, becoming dry after a few moments.
Highland Park 15-year-old is an interesting whisky. It’s a bit more complex compared to the 12-year, and a little richer. I like it, but I don’t know if it offers enough to justify a $40 premium over the 12-year-old expression. For that money, I’d rather pay a few more dollars and pick up the excellent Highland Park 18-year-old. Still, what’s in the bottle is pretty good.