Highwood Ninety 5 year old, 45%

Price: $28 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

In June 2013, flooding washed away most of Highwood's finished whisky. Although barrels in the warehouse went unscathed, new releases such as this one have been limited. Too bad. Initial nose tickle erupts into sweet caramel and rich black fruits. Hot pepper trickling down your throat leaves a lovely hot burn followed by waves of sweet saltwater taffy. Yes, it's slightly salty. Weighty and mouth-coating, this whisky feels big and full in the mouth. (Alberta/British Columbia only.)C$28