Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Spring 2018
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Apr 2018 4:00 pm by Me2
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 239.34

4 × in wishlist

77 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1989 CA

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.63 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2018]  A high rated HP (above 90 points on WB average) what made me curious enough to buy one of this rather pricey bottles for 180 Euro today (what is beyond my limit for a under 30-years old, usually).

    This is a rather reserved HP that is very delicate and tasty (let it breathe for more than 20 minutes).  Whoever expects the usually bold and impressive Highland Park profile might be disappointed but I really suggest you try this one to get another perspective of this fine distillery.  I like it, for sure (just the price is too high)...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that slowly builds some fat tears with very slow legs (not too bad, actually). The nose is rather shy at the first sniff and offers an autumn floral-herbal-spicy profile after a while. It is subtle and balanced but not what you expect from a HP, usually.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is shy (according to HP standards) but nevertheless delicate and quite complex, given you prefer a herbal profile. It is barley sugary sweet with fine smokey aromas and some shy fruits in the background (beside the herbal-floral flavours).
    • Finish
      89 89
      It arrives warming but just a little coating in the mouth with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and sweeter than the taste (on barley sugary and honey flavours). Water turns the dram smoother but I like the neat dram a little better.

  2. DocF scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale straw

    I was almost afraid the barrel was over its zenith. The whisky is not a bit tired, just needs an amazing amount of time. Even if I can get more out of the brute side of Highland Park
    • Nose
      Coma. Minute 1: dry wood. Minute 3: some honey, dried plants. Minute 10: Earth, mildew of a dead branch of the river, firelighter (wax + pulp, I think), modern wood, mint, oregano. But only if you put your nose deep in the glass. Minute 20: cough syrup, menthol sweets. Slowly he returns to life ... hawthorn blossom, mirabelle plums. An intense beeswax note.
    • Taste
      Heavy and oily. Old oak cabinet, softwood, resin, wild mint, honey sweet, lime blossom, malt beer. Cough Syrup. Frame mouth. Brackish water, smoke of a wet fire. Coffee from the day before.
    • Finish
      No. More cough syrup, more mint, citrus, polished wood, violets. Wet earth.

  3. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant HP, but not the usual line, and not outstanding.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Floral. Citruses, green apple and Verbena candies. Not the usual HP line.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruits, spicy oak, citruses and honey. Touch of peat and herbals.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet, spicy, oaky.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad dram.
    • Nose
      Slightly astringent initially. Malty. Green and red apples. A bit of strawberry-flavored bubblegum. White rabbit creamy candy.
    • Taste
      Not overtly fruity but does convey enough sweetness to make it interesting. There is some subtle smoke. Also somewhat tired and oaky. 
    • Finish
      Yea, a bit of an oaky finish. 

  5. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sage, little fiery, little peaty, little maritime.
    • Nose
      Lemon and slightly maritime. no peat, it's very fresh
    • Taste
      In continuity with the citric side that takes over, then a little cereal and a light wood. Mastered alcohol
    • Finish
      Quite disappointing because of the bitterness and the wood, light but present and especially only on board. To see with more aeration of the sample.

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    It is all sweet sugared fruits on the nose with a hint of peat.
    s is really sweet on the palate, too sweet to be honest, all on sweet sugar, cake icing that sort of thing.
    some peppery note but its boring, a tired cask for sure that has given little to the spirit.
    Drinkable but not Much above MOTR
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  8. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A very shy and hidden HP. This is probably a very tired cask, beacause at this age you would expect something more.
    • Nose
      This takes time before this whisky shows itself. Some grassy notes, red apples and mineral water.
      Sun dried heather and dried fruit. Vanilla cream and lime.
    • Taste
      Creamy and soft. Baked apples, warm cookies and vanilla cupcakes. Not a lot of fruit, but a lot of sugar and baked sweetness. Anise seeds, a little gingerbread and candied peel.
    • Finish
      Dry straw, leaves and vanilla.

  9. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old and very nice.
    • Nose
      Some slight maritime notes found, with lemon and vanilla.
    • Taste
      BBQ smoke with more lemon. A nice wax texture through out.
    • Finish
      Long, Oaky notes, tangerine peel and smoke lingers for a long finish.

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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