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Highland Park 1964

Overall rating
94.65/100
votes
49
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Orcadian Vintage Series
Vintage
1964
Bottled
2009
Number of bottles
290
Strength
42.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Nov 2009 9:24 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 15.354,00

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49 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1964

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.65 points

  1. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    41 rates from this bottle yet not a single tasting note or review from a member, how come??????

  2. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun

    From two hogsheads, retail price £3,750.
    Colour: gold. Nose: exceptional! Of course, putting the two great old
    dumpies before this new slightly GlenWonka-ish 1964 could have been like
    setting a trap for this one, but it doesn’t fall into it, not at all.
    Vibrant and nervous, absolutely not sluggish, starting very ‘widely’,
    with many aromas arising right at first nosing. We get quite some
    camphor, old waxed paper, hints of burnt wood, rather big notes of
    sandalwood and church incense (I mean, really big, did they mature these
    casks in Kirkwall’s cathedral?), quite some honey, orange blossom
    water, mint liqueurs, dry herbal liqueurs, spearmint, apricots and many
    other things. Also some unexpected whiffs of jasmine coming through
    after a while, fantastic! Actually, it’s got something ‘Chinese’,
    really. Hugely complex. Just hints of old wood, old empty wine barrel
    after twenty minutes. Mouth: it’s now that it should get tricky… You
    bet! Sure it’s drier and pretty woodier than the dumpies, but it’s also
    got these majestic notes that only very old malts that aged perfectly
    well can display. Let’s cherish these notes, because no super-dopey
    quickly aged modern whiskies will ever display them, however good they
    are. Let’s not list them all, that would be much too long, but there are
    notes of ancient oranges, Szechuan pepper, barley sugar (right, that
    can be found in young whiskies as well), natural vanilla, bitter cocoa,
    many many spices (let’s call that the old-whisky spice mix, with cloves,
    cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices). And many other notes… Finish:
    medium long, with the oak starting to appear more clearly, but always in
    an elegant manner. Some mint and pine resin like often in very, very
    old casks. Comments: I’m sure some taster have or will think that this
    old one is a tad too woody and drying in the finish, but I do not quite
    agree. There is some oak but it’s perfectly integrated and I cannot see
    how a 45yo whisky would not display a little wood and quite a tannicity.
    So, I think this one is fantastic but I agree it’d better be, at this
    price. SGP:461 – 94 points.

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The oldest of the Orcadian Vintage Series, the 1964 Vintage was released in November 2009, a vatting of two hand selected hogshead casks, yielding only 290 70cl bottles at a natural strength of 42.2% abv. Max McFarlane, Highland Park Whisky Maker, said; “The casks allowed the delicate fragrance of the original spirit to shine through without being overpowered by the oak notes. This distinctive, aromatic fragrance derives from hand-turned malt which has been dried over Orkney’s heather-based peat. In addition, the peaceful, extended maturation in Orkney’s cool climate has resulted in a whisky of remarkable complexity.”

    Tasting Notes by Highland Park
    • Nose
      Redolent of toasted oak, dried strawberries and shellac with a generouscoating of beeswax.
    • Taste
      Delicious sweetness combined with a fascinating spiciness; crushed black pepper, crème brûlée and toasted vanilla pod add to the complexity.
    • Finish
      Rich, long, lingering spiciness completes the sensational tasting experience of this venerable single malt.

  4. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "Bottled in 2009 from two refill hogsheads, this Highland Park 1964 is

    the inaugural release in the distillery`s Orcadian Vintage series. The

    packaging for this series is spectacular, with a heavy oak box featuring

    Viking design marquetry wood inlays and a handcrafted silver amulet on

    the front. Just 290 bottles of this stunning Highland Park have been

    released."
    TWE

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