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New to the Canadian market, this relatively youthful foal in the esteemed Highland Park whisky stable was bred to compete with such entry-level single-malt champions as Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet. It should do well, joining the far more expensive and highly respected 18- and 25-year-old Highland Parks. Like those older expressions, it strikes impressive balance between fruity, grainy and smoky characters. With a gentle start, it displays gentle dried fruit, toffee and grain, then opens up with formidable peat, saline and spice characters. Very fine, complex malt for the money.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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