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Overall rating
91.39/100
votes
61
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
270
Strength
49.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
02/11/18 18/457
Added on
29 Nov 2018 6:41 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 694.06

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1988 CA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.39 points

  1. StanM scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Quite an interesting and tasty 30-year-old whisky from Highland Park.
    Color: Golden
    I tried whisky with just an open bottle. Score 92-93 (I think if you stand a little bit then there is definitely 93 points)
    • Nose
      93 93
      It is interesting resinous-oily smell, with notes of fruit with the domination of apple flavor, as well as vanilla and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruit taste with a combination of vanilla, apples and peaches. Oily-earthy hue with a pronounced chocolate.
    • Finish
      93 93
      This is where all the magic happens! Very long and warm finish. Taste of tangerine and almonds with a very gentle and pleasant bitterness to which you want to return again. Bravo Highland Park.

  2. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I had the Highland Park 1989 GM last week in the glass, which was at an extremely high level. Therefore today comparing the 88er from CA.

    Beautiful intensive herbs in the nose, alcohol very well integrated. Very pleasant and soft in the mouth at the beginning, then comes a slight bizzling. Very long and warm finish. Very good whisky, but I find the 89er GM a tad better.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. StanM scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Taste Note by Serge:

    In theory… Colour: gold. Nose: it’s much smoother, easier, cake-ier, and perhaps more complex than all the other ones. We’re rather finding fudges, creams, some butterscotch, shortbread, madeleines, herbal teas, chamomile, many nuts (earthy macadamias is obvious), and many flowers. Chamomile again, dandelions, light honeys… It really is an easy, gentle, civilised HP after the flavour-packed young ones. Mouth: ooh this is good! Citrus and medicines, the perfect combo. Lime, camphor, iodine, grapefruits, angelica, wormwood, mint tea, eucalyptus, green and white peppers… And the strength and mouth feel are just perfect. Finish: very long, much more peppery. Huge pepper, paprika, you have to like that. I do. Liquorice wood in the aftertaste, plus some custard to round it off. Comments: something else, clearly, and it’s clearly indy too, that is to say very deviant, in the greatest of ways. Perfect, well done, this is clearly offering ‘an alternative’. That’s how the indies used to introduce themselves… thirty years ago.
    SGP:462 - 90 points.

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  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Matured, complex and deep, though not the typical HP. Especially the nose is outstanding. 91/92.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Mango and papaya, gerbeaud, banana, orange peel, benzine, lacquered wood, malt, sponge cake and oak.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Milk caramel, honey, ash and smoke, matured oak, pepper and malt.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, spicy, oaky.

  8. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it blind, would think a 20 something from Speyside.
    • Nose
      A lot of pink fruits, grapes, then there are more caramel and malted barley, rather austere and simple.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and mellow, barley sugar, orange, a lot of umami, very quaffable.
    • Finish
      Short, minty and sugary.

  10. GIngi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

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