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Overall rating
83.88/100
votes
18
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Highland Queen Scotch Whisky Company (HQSW)
Bottling serie
Majesty - Islay Single Malt
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2018
Number of bottles
258
Strength
41.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Bresser & Timmer
Market
nl Netherlands
Added on
13 Sep 2018 6:03 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 105,81

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18 × member ratings

Level Username Rating
Member Senior Steven79
87
Expert Senior RobbievdBrink
87
Expert Senior Defeatless
87
Expert Senior malt_fan_06
86
Expert Senior stollimaus
86
Member Senior drammelzee
86
Expert Senior Dominique69
85
Expert Senior M134481
84
Member Senior Baixiang
84
Connoisseur MaltMartin
84
Expert Senior gerrit de guru
83
Member Senior Wusuobuzai
83
Connoisseur Hvdree
82
Member Senior WVenema
82
Connoisseur JacobaEd
81
Member Senior wouterk
81
Connoisseur André
81
Specialist Ruud6421
74

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Queen 1989 Islay HQSW

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.88 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Dirk did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    A bunna .... ;-)

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