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Highland Park 2005

Overall rating
87.76/100
votes
38
Whiskybase ID
WB149403
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Series
Vintage
2005
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
1st Fill American Oak Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
2390
Number of bottles
657
Strength
57.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314309589
Bottled for
Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland Exclusive
Added on
19 Feb 2020 4:21 pm by GIORGOS
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 146.33

5 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

113 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2005

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tastes as though this whisky was aged in a virgin oak cask from the USA. Little to no sherry here. Ice wine instead, aged for a fortnight? ha. who knows.

    This HP is certainly not bad; the bitter oak isn't entirely offset by the yeasty wash. Bready doughy chewy. Hmm. It's unique, and not a typical HP by any stretch: no smoked peat . . . but there is some peaty water from Orkney.

    I said virgin oak due to the spicy, peppery heat in the mouth. It's not just the ABV. It seems rather tannic to the point of bringing mace to mind. A load from the spice islands smuggled along with sea ropes and twine tying hessian cloth sacks in which to carry the pungent husks.

    If younger, this dram would have seemed more green and pithy around the gills. But it's 14 years old and so that problem is solved. Despite this outcome, I would call this whisky a conundrum.

    To quote Poe:

    “He did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.”

    “The wine sparkled in his eyes.”

    "A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. ”

    Take it or leave it, sherry or no. Would I buy another bottle? Nein. Nichts. Nichto. Would I drink a glass at a friend's house after my bottle runs dry? Why, yes. If there wasn't anything else more interesting.

    At a whisky heathen's house with a shelf full of boring OB's lining the wall, or packing an otherwise fudgey cabinet, a pour from this bottle would taste sufficiently magickal to be dubbed a delightfully ichorous elixir.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not a sherry bomb in any way. It's interesting that it states a first fill sherry puncheon. Perhaps a very short finishing or a very inactive cask. In any case, this is a dram more influenced by the American oak. Not to take anything away from it though, it is very good still. Value (£75) : 6/10
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla and floral heather honey upfront. Fresh citrus, green apples, crisp pear and green banana notes are present. Caramel sweetness. Herbs and spices then come to the forefront, cinnamon, thyme and loads of cloves and cardamom. A touch of yeasty bread. Some light heather smoke with some black peppercorn spice as well. Soaked wood chips. It improves with some dilution as I find the alcohol to bee a tad overpowering upfront.
    • Taste
      Good silky, creamy mouthfeel. Classic heather honey. Lovely sweet vanilla and buttery caramel. Some malt notes of fresh hay and barley water. Some lemons and tangerines. A touch of salinity. The charred bitter tannic notes of oak then come in to balance the sweetness with loads of kitchen spices. Water definitely tones down the peppery heat and improves things.
    • Finish
      Quite tannic and drying. Spicy with black pepper heat. Still sweet with lingering vanilla and toffee. The baking spices carry over, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bitter roasted coffee note and again a touch of heather smoke.

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. leeho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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