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Highland Park 21 year old, 47.5%

Price: $100 Issue: Summer 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

The good news: This is one of the best Highland Park whiskies I have ever tasted. The bad news: it's the new release for Travel Retail (formerly Duty Free). It's lush, well-balanced, and very complex. Well-defined notes of toffee, candied fruit, and roasted nuts are accentuated by background honey, chocolate mousse, and smoke. Here's the icing on the cake: it's bottled at 47.5%, which really allows the flavors to shine. If you're going overseas, consider tracking down a bottle.