Recently I had this and it has to be one of the best malt whiskies I've ever had. It had the rounded taste Highland Park is known for (i.e. malty, peaty, honeyed and sherried in about equal measure with some marine character) but in a deep, chocolate-like expression (fine bitter chocolate) which was impressive. And, it had what I call the "old roses" (or "pages of an old book", or "damask curtain") taste which denotes maturity in many fine malt whiskies. Some fine old bourbon and rye (more the rye) has this quality too. This whisky also, while not inexpensive, is not anywhere near the $200 plus range I see regularly charged for old malts. This one cost about $115 CAN which is under $100 U.S., not bad considering the high quality. It doesn't get much better than this in malt whisky. For those who (like me) can't buy everything they want, it is a good buy because of its balance and "covers the bases" approach. In fact when I blend my own malt whiskies (I am bringing one to the private Sampler gatherings upcoming) I try to emulate a whisky such as this. It's a class act.