Highland Park 1998

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
for Global Travel Retail
Calculated age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
L0727R L11 29:09 16:20
Added on
05 may 2010 5:00 pm

Average value

€ 129.68

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132 × member ratings

407 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1998

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.27 points

  1. larswehmeier scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      At first very hearty. Then slowly getting sweeter. Works hard and set. Hard to grab. But interesting. In the background a hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      Creamy and mouth filling. Little sweetie. Hard and almost a bit bitter. Lots of dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Occupies the tongue. Will be dry and a little bit harsh.

  2. manndl scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    sweet honey with pears but also some flint in the nose
    now orange rind with honey
    after taste is medium to short bringing some peat.
    not bad but nothing special

  3. Jonkers did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A real Highland Park. Just that little bit of smoke that adds an extra dimension to nose, touch and finish.
    • Nose
      A touch of smoke (heather). Sweet (honey). Show vanilla and a little butter. Also, tropical fruits such as banana, pineapple.
    • Taste
      After the non-unpleasant smoky taste of honey. South fruits like banana and pineapple.
    • Finish
      Sweet with a touch of smoke. Mid-length.

  4. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet. Honey. Dried apricots. Citrus fruits. Heather. Lemongrass.
    • Taste
      A sweet start with honey. Juicy pears. Getting sharper.
    • Finish
      Medium long and slightly dry. Initial honey sweetness. Malt. Some oak. Smoky towards the end.

  5. Makeneki scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  6. rg-80 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Sorry I'm not writing reviews in a very balanced way so please take it like this.

    I love Highland Park and after falling in love with the 1994 I was eager to buy and drink the 1998. For me it was like drinking whisky from a different distillery. All I loved in the 1994 I was missing in the 1998 - not so smooth, not so well balanced, the cask too dominant, no oily taste I was expecting and it goes on - a different league of whisky, drunken with a different expectation by me. So take the review as it is - unbalanced and highly personal.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Lovely and friendly priced Highland Park. Around 40 EUR.
    • Nose

      The nose is slightly mineraly (flints) and shows quite
      a bit of grain and caramel. Nice smokiness with that typical Orkney peat, with
      loads of heater. Honey makes it round, while mint keeps it fresh. The caramel
      evolves into toffee. Leave it long enough and you will even get some chocolat
      milk. Inviting.
    • Taste

      On the palate, it is immediately obvious that this was
      mostly from sherry casks. Spicy on liquorice and cloves. Caramelized apple,
      hazelnuts, sweet malt and hints of coffee. Midpalate it turns slightly bitter.
    • Finish

      The medium long finish continues mostly on salty
      liquorice and is pretty drying.

  8. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer`s Tasting Notes
    Appearance: Rich, golden, clear and bright.

    Nose: Opaque honey, dried grass with ginger spicy notes. Dried apricot emerges late.

    Palate: The

    vanilla and honey sweetness developed from a dozen years in American

    oak is perfectly balanced with the emergence of the aromatic heather

    peat smoke. Sweet notes of cinnamon and cashew nuts emerge.

    Finish: Sweet with medium lingering spice and smoke.

  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  11. D3US scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Another piece of art by Highland Park. More subtle than the regular 12 year old, probably because we're talking about American Oak this time. This also shows in the shorter finish. Vanilla sweetness combined with a slight tingle that ends in a lovely smoky aftertaste. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Sweetness of honey, again, but this time there's more hints of vanilla than anything else. Smokiness occurs too, but less obviously. 
    • Taste
      Again, the sweetness reminds one more of vanilla than honey. Still it is floral, though, but this is a more timid, more "shy" whisky. Also, there's a light tingle on the tongue further along the taste. 
    • Finish
      Softer than the regular 12 year old. Still sweet, but again, the sweetness is not really in your face. More in the background, but persistent nonetheless. The smokiness at the end reassures one this is a Highland Park. 

  12. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "Released in April 2010, this litre bottle vintage edition of Highland

    Park was distilled in 1998, the year of the distillery`s bicentenary and

    was originally only available in travel retail. Fruity, with a honeyed

    sweetness after 12 years maturation in American oak."

  13. Lafroy scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Malted barley, citrus notes, dried lemon peel, light acetone notes, subtle smoke and pear sweetness.
    • Taste
      Green apples, citrus notes, light fruit sweetness, delicate smoke and white pepper. A lot of barley in the aftertaste with metallic and dry notes to it.
    • Finish
      Short, smoky and hot with hints of pepper and roots.


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