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Overall rating
Single Malt
Highland Queen Scotch Whisky Company (HQSW)
Bottling serie
Majesty - Islay Single Malt
Number of bottles
41.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Bresser & Timmer
nl Netherlands
Added on
13 Sep 2018 6:03 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 108,95

9 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Queen 1989 Islay HQSW

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points

  1. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice, tasty, but also a little harmless.
    There is a lack of volume and complexity in the mouth. Except for the quite clear smoke (which the OAs do not have), the aromatic is quite typical for Sherry Bunnas.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fine dry smoke, honey, ripe yellow apples, toffee, sultanas, walnuts, Oloroso sherry. In the background a few musty plush bags and salt. Fine, fragrant, not particularly deep.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Light-medium weight, it immediately comes through a peppery pungency quite dominant. Smoky, ashen, peppery notes. Again dangling sacks, sherry and nuts. Dry.
      Could take more bums and volume.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Here much stronger smoky and ashy, toffee, leather and nutty sherry on which it ends. Medium long and dry, hardly bitterness.

  2. Falnor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nothing that stands out, nothing that shows it's age. A bunna that's not rich or complex. The price and age could have been special but it's too thin and lacking in depth.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Old musty wood right out a barn. Dusty hay and concrete. A malty core with enough spices.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Here it falls flat. Some watery charcoals. A hint of apple or citrus perhaps. Sadly not that fruity. The wood did it's job in the cigar box range if I put it positive, but in the end just a bit boring.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short and not that much to explore. Vanilla, some ginger and brwon sugar. Tobacco.

  3. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Decent older Bunna. Don't add water, you will drown it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Good spicy nose. You can smell decent age in the nose. There is cinnamon, cardamon, clove, old spice. There are hints of leather and tobacco in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and spicy again. A tad bitter though. Again a lot of dark spices, like five spice and old spice. There is a bit of tannic influence in here.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. This is rather sweet, again a spice, almost bourbon like finish. It fades away quickly, which you shouldn't expect with this powerfull nose.

  4. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Quite dissapointing, but 100 euros for a 28 yo Bunnahabain is too good to be true nowadays. Initially it tasted stale, like water leaking from a ceiling of an old wooden house. The nose was quite ok, by the way. After some months the whisky improved and I actually start to like some of it its quirky, unsexy and dirty notes.

  5. drammelzee scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The first dram was not that exiting and I was a bit disappointed, I'd score it 65, but I tasted this before buying and that was a different ordeal, so I knew I had to be patient. Now after a few weeks and 6 drams in, the whisky dramtically improved, so much more taste! Sure there's better 27 year old whiskies out there, but for around €100,- I'm enjoying this. I think it could have hit the 90 mark if the abv was higher.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Dirk did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    A bunna .... ;-)


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