- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Ambassador Cask 3
- Stated Age
- 33 years old
- Number of bottles
- 44.8 % Vol.
- 350 ml
- Added on
- 22 Dec 2009 1:31 pm
12 × in wishlist
33 × member ratings
45 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1974
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.84 points
- This Whisky was sold for 390 € at Whiskyauction in Oct.2016
Park 33 yo 1974/2007 (44.8%, OB, Ambassador’s
Cask #3, cask #9035, 35cl)
Colour: gold. Nose: starts both smoky
and floral (dandelions), with also
quite some old leather. Maybe a bit
austere but it gets then much fruitier.
Quite some peat as well, green tobacco
(do you know Indonesian cigars?),
shoe polish... Very interesting in
any case. Gets more and more complex,
step by step. Fresh mint, camphor,
cough medicine, cloves... Beautfiful
and ‘complete’. Mouth:
much fruitier now, with a lot of tangerine
and pineapple, candied oranges, very
ripe bananas (or dried – not
the ‘Irish’ kind), getting
then zestier. Lemon marmalade, even
passion fruits, hints of melon and
peach... Balance: perfect. The whole
is highly drinkable, which may be
he problem here, with 35cl bottles...
Finish: not too bold nor long but
smooth and very, very more-ish. Comments:
fruitier than usual, isn’t it
strange that ambassadors choose casks
that aren’t too typical of the
distillery? But we won’t complain
here, this one offers a lot of pleasure.
– 92 points.
- Pours honey gold. Nose starts with butter and pie crust, then explodes into a full "fruit cup" -- tinned pineapples and ripe mangoes mostly. Then cinnamon crumb cake, perhaps other liqueur-infused cakes. Mouth is lots of tropical fruits (mango especially) on the front and back palate. A pleasant Indian chutney. Some sharper peat on the finish which gives it the impression of being spicy, and interacts nicely with all the fruit. Fruit is tropical but stays in the realms of pies/pastries, with all these sweet doughy notes. Body is medium. Bright and refined. A lack of complexity and a bit of the "boring" pie-crust Highland Park quality keeps this from being above 90.
- This one reminds me of the OB 30, but I think this one has more character. I assume it is from a refill sherry cask based on the colour and the tropical fruits. Out of all the ambassadors cask, this one is my favourite, but then again, I am a fruitbomb enthusiast! Too bad I didn't buy it at the time.
Starts with gentle smoke mixed with some mint, and also something that reminds me of flowers which I find typical for Highland Park. Heather as well. After a few minutes it develops into a wonderful tropical fruit bowl; passion fruit, mango, peaches, pineapple. A refined and quite complex nose, I could smell this for hours!
The fruits continue to speak loudly, with passion fruit, bananas and peaches leading the way. It is smooth, almost velvety, but there are still traces of gentle smoke and some spices which prevents it from being completely dominated by the fruit. Wonderful.
Smooth and fruity again. Not the longest one, but it is truly magnificent.
- Having received a very positive reaction to its previous â€