- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask Series
- Stated Age
- 14 years old
- Refill Sherry Puncheon
- Number of bottles
- 62.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Belgian Vikings
- Added on
- 16 Apr 2019 8:07 am by whiskyhuis
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2004
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.46 points
- Not bad ! If there was a "waxy" side, it could be mistaken for a clynelish. Lots of pollen from dried flowers and bee cure. Nice mouthfeel despite a too generous handful of spices ...
- Highland Park 14 yo 2004/2018 (62.4%, OB for Belgian Vikings, cask #6116, refill sherry puncheon, 559 bottles)
Colour: deep gold. Nose: some rather harsh and rough alcohol to begin, you have to dig a little to get to rye breads, dry earth, roasted nuts and things like cornflour and tree bark. Rather a dry and tough one. With water: performs the necessary ‘loosening’ so now there’s a more generous and easy breadiness. Also notes of sunflower seeds, hummus and pollen. Pretty good actually.
Mouth: the arrival in the mouth is much nicer than the nose suggests, much more gloopy, sweet and syrupy with these lovely notes of golden syrup, sultanas, fruit loaf and mead. Some wood spices, soft tannin and matcha. You could also include cloves and a little gingerbread. With water: a little drier again now with a sense of dried wildflowers, pollens, canvass and various herbal teas and things like bergamot and a light sootiness. I find it actually rather complex.
Finish: good length, quite earthy, rich, bready and getting a little more smokiness and gentle peat. Comments: This one really grew on me, I’d say you can pretty much dispense with the neat nose and quickly reach for the pipette. Which raises the question, why do Edrington insist on bottling these beasts at natural strength? Time and again in these sessions the impression I get is that they don’t really start singing until reduced by even a few degrees. Anyway, it’s this very kind of attitude that is probably why I’m not ‘employed’ in the whisky industry.
SGP: 462 - 87 points.
vanilla, oak, citric fruits
vanilla, oak, citric fruits, peat
vanilla, oak, citric fruits, peat, pepper
- Lack of balance between the alcohol and flavor.
- Another great SC CS of HP!
Fruity, little spicy, little smoke, raisin, citric!