- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Orcadian Vintage Series
- Number of bottles
- 42.2 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 24 Nov 2009 9:24 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1964
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.66 points
- 41 rates from this bottle yet not a single tasting note or review from a member, how come??????
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.
- 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
Redolent of toasted oak, dried strawberries and shellac with a generouscoating of beeswax.
Delicious sweetness combined with a fascinating spiciness; crushed black pepper, crème brûlée and toasted vanilla pod add to the complexity.
Rich, long, lingering spiciness completes the sensational tasting experience of this venerable single malt.
- "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