Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
13 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/016
Added on
17 Apr 2018 3:37 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159.90

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81 × member ratings

124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2004 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This Connoisseurs Choice is the real deal – there’s an abundance of coastal character (much more than in most OBs), and despite being quite bold, flavours are precise, balance is first-rate and drinkability is exceedingly high. Unlike a lot of first fill sherry expressions, including Highland Parks own ever growing series, this Gordon & MacPhail variant shows restraint – allowing the cask to add flavour and maturity without dominating and reducing the characteristics of the underlying spirit. Sold out at all of the bigger retailers, but still available in the UK and Europe if you look hard enough. Quite excellent.

    • Nose
      Intriguing, inviting, but most of all, coastal. Salinity, seaweed and a ton of minerality to start things off – then sweetness from trademark heathery honey, caramel (salted), toffee and touches of peach and apricot. Peat smoke is light, but surprisingly pervasive across the whole nose...it’s an interesting mix of camphor, lamp oil, burning grass and light medicinalness. The addition of water further ups the mineral content here with chalkiness and a steely maritime breeze.
    • Taste
      Viscous and quite sharp on arrival, but stunningly drinkable (did they use the hydrometer correctly?!). An incredibly balanced mix of cinder toffee, burnt honeycomb, bitter spice (cinnamon and pepper) and maritime minerality. The sherry influence is more noticeable here – but still restrained – raisins, milk chocolate and tanned leather. It interplays with pronounced steeliness – granite, slate and coal dust. Reduced, this is sweeter and with a more syrupy mouthfeel – honey, peaches and berry fruit added alongside just a touch of chalkiness.
    • Finish
      Quite long with chocolate and toffee playing off against pepper, menthol and a slight tang of heathery peat.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    definitely needs water - a contradictory dram
    • Nose
      Maritime notes behind a sharp, peppery alcoholic, light smoke - with water is accompanied by white nougat - but overall very restrained aromas, the sherry is barely audible, possibly a Sherry Fino barrel?
    • Taste
      slightly medicated, green apples - with water it becomes sugar-sweet and much rounder and more accessible, at the same time appears woody dryness and finally some fruitiness is recognizable, reminiscent of unripe floury apricots
    • Finish
      dry, light iodine, subtle fruit - only the dry oak remains in the mouth and throat for a long time

  3. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    From Whisky reviews

    Dave Broom:
    Rounded, thick and polished, with a toffee-like start. The Sherry cask has added a dried fruit, prune-like depth, but comes over as another layer in the mix rather than an over-dominant element. There’s plenty of fruit, leather, plum, then some drying peat, heather root and fragrant smoke. The alcohol is well-controlled. As it opens, so it gains in weight and seriousness, and drifts towards a beeswax-like maturity. Give it time and more funky undertones come through. Water doesn’t diminish the effect; there’s still plenty of rich, dark fruits, now with extra meatiness (jamon and pimentón), tonka and vetiver. Complex and balanced.

    The layering effect suggested by the nose is in full evidence here: clove, star anise, date and raisin are all there, alongside ginger snap biscuits, marmalade and a hit of sweet spice and a silky feel. Though cask-driven, the distillery character is never obscured. Water gives the smoked element more punch, while the fruits sweeten and deepen (into hedgerow jams now, along with a touch of liquorice and dusty ivy), but balanced by a gentle, tongue-coating honeyed element. Really good.

    Smoke and light, sweet spice.

    Maturation in a first-fill Sherry cask has given this a sense of being rooted in place. This is an old-style Highland Park which we don’t see often enough these days


  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
      IT: 88
      B: 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    ????: light gold,
    ????: sweet bourbon, sweet earthy, don't feel 60%, awesome nose!
    ????: sweet, smooth, quite delicate for 60%, cool !!! Intense and quite smooth! Yummy!!!
    ????: warming, moderately long,
    Yummy!!! Cool HPek !!! Bourbon sweetness, surprisingly little with sherry, nice delicate, nice warming, yum !!!
    ????: 5/10
    ????: 88/100

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Distant smoke, wet earth. Then baked apple, oranges and a hint of cinnamon. Some caramel and honey. Leather, raisins.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Honey, apricots, light cigar smoke. Chocolate, coffee and some wood ash.

  9. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Paulski88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very powerful alcoholic nose!

    I had whiskys higher in ABV - so 60% alcohol shouldn`t be a problem... but this HP is very very strong alcoholic at the 60.0%.

    Nose: alcohol mixed with heather and lemon. I also get some kind of coastal style, like a little seeweed and fresh salt water. Some vanilla as well. I have never had this kind off profil befor, because for me this is nearly just alcohol.
    (I sniffed it again i got some juicy pears and than a fist of alcohol punched me in the face. After 15 minutes this whisky gets softer on the alcohol but also very flat.) Taste: spicy, sweet but in the same time a very very powerful ginger! The mouthfeel is so hot and chilli.Finish: light bitterness and an interesting oak taste.So at the end i have to say, this is a very impressive whisky and for sure it is very strong. I have had some of the recently released HP Single Casks and I thought this G&M Highland Park would be similar in quality but way cheaper.... At the End this is not a bad whisky, but i liked the original HP Single Casks alot more.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80


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