Overall rating
90.04/100
votes
76
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

€ 399.00

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 1998 MoS

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.04 points.

  1. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    89.5 points
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88
      88.5 points

  2. Gregorsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [blind tasting notes]
    Guess: an independently bottled 18-to-23-year-old softly peated Highlander drawn from a single sherry cask at CS.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Shy sherry, nicely dry and reserved. A savory, spiced feel. Raisins, nuts, and fragrant oak. Slightly smoky or a charred cask? Obviously long-matured. Elegant, excellent, right up my alley.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Acidic, dry, yet juicy, and very elegant. Red fruit jam and charcoal-broiled red meat.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, on rock salt and chocolate, with a wisp of smoke.

  4. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is good but the average score is another example of tastes being different ;-)

    10th July 2022
    Much better this time - I guess 1cl in a half empty sample bottle for 7 months really helped. Up from 86.
    • Nose
      Ahh, this needs some air. But then, more than just sherry malt - heather, crisp orange peel, whisps of smoke, hints of charred wood. Other than some astringent moments the nose is pretty elegant.
    • Taste
      Caramel, leather, strong candied orange, heather, mild smoke, some spice, sherry wood.
    • Finish
      Sherry malt, heather, candied orange, some lemon honey strepsils, spice, gentle smoke.

  5. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sherry, light sea character, light smoke. Sweetness. Nice nose.
    Taste: From the first sip wow. Sea elements, light salt, all nicely interwoven with sherry. Very strong aroma. Some spices and wood in the background. Alcohol perfectly hidden. It really was that good!
    Rating: 89| 100 Quite a long warming finish. Very good HP!

  6. Balczak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very disappointing HP...
    There is no typical orkney distillate inside. Only strong influences of sherry cask.
    No heather honey, no minerality, aint wet stones, sand, chalk. Whatsoever...

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. 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

  13. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. 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 !!

  15. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Holle525 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    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.

  17. Anthaeus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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

  18. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 93 points Photo 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!

  19. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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