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Overall rating
90.34/100
votes
62
Whiskybase ID
WB159701
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
MoS 20021
Number of bottles
144
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Special Bottling for "www.my-whisky-shop.com"
Added on
04 Jun 2020 10:20 pm by DerSchreckliche
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 323.80

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112 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1998 MoS

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.34 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    After a long time, I finally treated myself to a Highland Park again. The last really good bottling that I had in the glass was an old 25 with 48.1%. All the new marketing aberrations of the distillery can all be forgotten against this bottling. No matter if they are called Harald, Sigurd or whatever. This bottling here is really great! Here you have a beautiful, complex sherry profile in combination with the typical Highland Park distillery character. This barrel was filled at a perfect time so that the wood and the distillery character are in perfect balance with each other. The alcohol is very well integrated and it is a pleasure to have the MOS in the glass. I see the new edition of the 21-year-old Highland Park from the Standard Range in terms of taste much weaker than this candidate here, although it costs a few euros more. Finally a Highland Park, which you can recommend without reservation. The slogan "Every botlle a benchmark" definitely applies here. Clear purchase recommendation and 93 points from me. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      When pouring out, a fine, sweet sherry cloud spreads in the nosing glass. Dark fruits are the first associations, but not like a typical Glendronach sherry. No, it is much more delicate and finer here. The sherry doesn't kill and bury everything under it. Rather, it leaves room for wonderful aromas such as the Highland Park typical heather, nuts, liquorice and more. After a while, wood aromas slowly come through, a hint of orange peel and caramel ... Fantastic. And last but not least, a fine, delicate hint of HP smoke can be heard. The longer you let it breathe, the more interesting it becomes. The alcohol with 52.5% is very well integrated, but a few drops of water are good for the HP and it becomes even fruity and softer in the nose.
    • Taste
      The HP is pleasantly creamy on the tongue. The alcohol pushes something on the palate at first, but it is not annoying. The sweetness is immediately noticeable in the mouth, but it comes along a little more spicy and "smoky" on the tongue. Here the age of 21 is shown correctly. Sherry, sweetness, wood, leather, oranges, caramel, nuts, heather, subtle smoke ... very complex. As expected, the flow of saliva is massively stimulated. The aromas are all very well integrated, there are no bad notes, everything harmonizes very well with each other. The longer you chew Highland Park, the more you can discover. Very beautiful.
    • Finish
      The finish is again a phenomenon. Incredibly intense, fruity, sweet, subtly spicy, pleasing, elegant. After 20 minutes, the HP is still clearly present in the mouth. What remains is a very pleasing, solid mouthfeel, which literally craves a second sip. Great!

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A really nice nose on this HP but that did not ttranslate to the palate, which was curiously devoid of flavours.
    The average score on here is far too high IMHO 80 or less is about right in my view for an overall score.
    As i go on with a few drops of water the palate is flat , butter and lacking in any energy, shame,
    Nose is good but the palate is poor and the more I taste it the more I do not like it.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      67 67

  3. Silversurfer scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow! Pure sherry! Sweet, tender; the alcohol is perfectly integrated. After a while, a gentle smoky note appears.
    • Taste
      94 94
      What happens here all of a sudden?!? As if out of nowhere, the pure sherry is suddenly combined with a sensational smoky taste that dominates more and more. Now the HP character comes to the fore, which you couldn't really guess at the smell.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Mmmmmhhhhh .... the campfire is still burning in the throat .. Long-lasting, still subtly sweet, no trace of bitterness .. great !! Chapeau for this sensational drop and this divine composition! Great job !!

  4. Holle525 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    I totally agree with Prof_Dr_John's statements. This HP also has a wonderful sharpness on the palate and afterwards, which I personally like very much. I compared it directly with the Signatory HP 1991 30th Anniversary and find it a little more fruity and with better integrated alcohol.

  5. Anthaeus scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Nose: I imagine I can identify this malt as a Highland Park right from the first nose. It is this "special" HP smoke and wood note that defines a well-matured, older HP. The sherry barrel influences remain subtle.
    Mouth: soft, subtly smoky and sweet. The combination of the strong distillery character and the sherry in the mouth make a multilayered mixture of different armons that act on me at the same time, which is what I think makes this malt so great. It is the multitude of simultaneous aromas that are very different but harmonize well with each other. Smoke, subtle oak, old reserved sherry barrel, sweet fruit notes and ultimately also a bit spicy lovage, which rounds off the whole thing great.
    Finish: medium long in itself, but this special last note stays alone in the mouth for a long time and tastes good.

    In conclusion, I think this malt is great because it is a strong mixture of good maturation, good subtle barrel and an elegant and unmistakable distillery character. I do not think that one can easily get "better" material at the price currently

  6. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Gorgeous nose, but somehow there is not enough balance and depth in the body
    • Nose
      90 90
      Thick and slightly prickly, strawberries on damp ground, smoked dried fruits, a little varnish, baked goods with apricots and prunes, cherry jam
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon juice with spices, wood, apricot kernel, dry and prickly, feels stronger than it actually is, alcohol is not perfectly integrated
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cherry liqueur with a drop of lemon and spices, dry wood

  7. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, but you have to wait. Sturdy. The degree feels higher than it really is.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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