Highland Park Scottish Ballet 50

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
First-fill Sherry Seasoned American Oak
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Scottish Ballet
Added on
24 sep 2019 9:23 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 115.77

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22 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Scottish Ballet 50

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.41 points.

  1. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not particularly memorable. Would benefit from a higher alcohol strength.
    • Nose
      81 81
      malt and sweetness. Orange. The typical HP heather note only in the background. Overall a restrained nose, not complex.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Malty and sweet start. Honey, orange again, some heather. Then oak spice, pepper and peat smoke (typical HP not too strong). Suffers somewhat through the only 40%.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Orange, spice, smoke a little stronger. medium length.

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  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Beaten Eggwhite

    The Scottish Ballet – officially Scotland’s National Dance Company – celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Apart from the fact that it is indeed a dance company, they also perform a lot of charity work. To name but one example, they organise creative dance lessons for Parkinson patients. Highland Park felt compelled to make a contribution and Master Blender Gordon Motion created this expression. A part of the proceeds of the sales of these 5.000 bottles will be donated to Scottish Ballet’s charity work.

    On the nose – which is quite peppery – I get a lot of earthy notes, gingerbread and mildly bitter oranges. That is supported by a slight smokiness, green garden herbs and soft caramel. Some stable scent and… err… beaten eggwhite. Pine wood.

    The mouthfeel is quite soft, almost watery. Not much is left of the fruit on the palate, it’s mostly caramel, wood and spices now. Rotting oranges (not an off-note!) with lots of pepper and ginger. The typical Orkney peat kicks in, but it’s hard to call this Highland Park smoky.

    The finish is the best part of this HP: long, warm, dark and sweet with a sot smoky ending.

    I would lie if I said I found this HP really good. Thanks, Benny!

  4. MasterMork scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. whisky313 scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    A special Edition created by Gordon Motion.
    Released to celebrate 50 years of Scotland’s national dance company.

    Highland Park will make a donation from the sales of 5,000 bottles to support Scottish Ballet – a registered charity – enabling them to continue to deliver outreach projects across the country from Kirkwall to Kilmarnock.


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