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Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
3
Whiskybase ID
WB109554
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Miniature - Black Label
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
80 (proof)
Size
50 ml
Added on
24 Mar 2018 1:45 pm by Luigisim

Average value

€ 56.21

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 22-year-old CA

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I believe they switched from proof to alcohol by volume in 1980, making this likely bottled in 1979. Please correct me if I’m wrong on that. 1979 would make this a 1957 Highland Park and the proof is consistent with this bottle (whiskybase Id: 38861).

    On further investigation good reliable Serge does a review on likely the full bottle edition of this mini (in 2008), which is not in whiskybase... So perhaps I’m wrong on the vintage, but it’s late 50’s, early 60s distillate for sure.

    Highland Park 22 yo (80 Proof, Cadenhead’s, dumpy black label, early 1980's) Colour: full gold. Nose: extraordinary at first nosing, all on that famous heather honey and then blood oranges, tangerines, mangos and passion fruits. Something of an old Bowmore from the 1960’s if you see what I mean, only a bit wilder. Whiffs of peat smoke, camphor, mint and eucalyptus. This one has everything. Exceptional nose. Mouth: all in the same vein, taking off smoothly but getting big, candied, citrusy (orange and lemon marmalades). Fructose, ripe kiwi, ginger, honey, peat… Maybe less complex than other old HP’s but this one’s compactness is superb. Finish: long, getting smoother again in spite of a burst of spearmint and green apples. Comments: ‘s wonderful. As classic and entertaining as, say Ella Fitzgerald’s best gigs (say, with Count Basie, around 1979.) SGP:743 – 92 points.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Love these old minis; just little history bombs. Best way I could describe this old style is if you reduced a modern whisky into concentrated form, and then add more character. With character comes flaws sometimes and that’s the case here with the soap.

    I hate scoring whisky like this because it’s so much more interesting than the score indicates, but it is flawed in my view.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Incredible nose. Concentrated and assertive. Loads of old honeys and soft waxes, old tool box, metal shavings, old tree sap. Wonderful nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Thick and oily. Heather honey, old wood oils, minty wood, plumbers toolbox, but then definitely some soap rears it’s ugly head.
    • Finish
      86 86
      More soap, concentrated honey, Old metal shop, minty wood oils. Just loads of character. Mostly good but can’t shake the soapy notes

  3. martinbuettner scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

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