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Keeping up with the SMWS is going to be tough, but we’re up to the task. Here are thoughts on the four newest releases from our “secret whisky” friends. This outturn covers the second half of August 2012. – 11 year old Highland Park from Orkney – Very hot HP, at a blazing, cask strength 117.2 proof. Needs copious water to bring out its charms, which are plenty: Tangerines, marshmallows, and modest floral notes are balanced with signature mild peat, chimney smoke, and bacon notes. Young, though, and even at lower alcohol levels, the finish is hot.