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Highland Park 1959

Overall rating
92.37/100
votes
107
Whiskybase ID
WB162332
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy Green Bottle, Round black label, Ferraretto Import
Vintage
1959
Bottled
1980
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Ferraretto Import, Milano
Market
it Italy
Added on
20 jul 2020 3:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 4699.93

32 × in wishlist

107 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1959

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.37 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] I had this dram more than twelve years ago and liked it very much but I took no detailed notes, unfortunately. What a good reason to refresh my memory and do a review of this sample...

    ...and it fully confirms my old impressions. This is a whisky style that is long gone since decades and I am afraid it never can be reproduced anymore (even if someone tries to). Hard to describe and (most probably) even harder to comprehend unless tasted...

    PS: Because someone ticked the "Coal-gas" tasting tag - there are no sulphurous notes like spent matches, fireworks or matchboxes in here and I do not find any carbide, too. But remember, there is no accounting for taste...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a very old-stylish profile of aromas that are (in such a combination) almost impossible to find in modern drams. The fruits are rather dried ones (not fresh), the heather is genuine (not as part of haystacks or honeys) and the waxes are rather resinous (not candle- or beeswax). In addition there are interesting machine oils, old tyres and old leather which reminds me of standing in an oldtimer garage (ooh, I like this imagination!). Later medicinal notes join in with (used) gauze bandages, iodine tincture and plaster - from a garage to a hospital within minutes, what a nose! Not sure if everyone likes this, but I do!
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is truly multi-layered on lots of dried fruits again, herbs, (slightly bitter) green tea and shy peaty notes, vanilla-toffee flavours and many different spices. Hard to name them all, but why should I? I am not in a sensorial masterclass, I am here to enjoy this dram and nothing else!
    • Finish
      95 95
      The whisky arrives absolutely charming on the palate and instantly covers the whole of the mouth with a pleasant creamy coating. No distracting moment at all. The finish is long and adds fine caramel and dark chocolatey flavours. Water is not needed, this dram is anyhow a little "under-oomphed"...

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla honey green fruits papaya great obe, very refined

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Actually it improved a lot since I opened the bottle a few months ago. It's really balanced now and more enjoyable than when I taste dit first. It has become a great whisky!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Honey, oak, vanilla, but also a little bit grassy notes, green bananas, herbal tea, some raisins and possibly dried fruits
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very smooth, oily, nice sweetness with notes of oak wood and vanilla. Yes, now some fried fruits come up indeed.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long and smooth

  4. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Antique HP flavors, not thin, complex. Great whisky. This italian imports are awesome.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry, creamy peat, salted caramel, forest fruits, cocoa and tobacco.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Powerful. Bitter oak, sweet fruits, orange peel, gooseberry, peat and salt, sherry and milk caramel.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, spicy, sweet, creamy.

  5. Killswitch scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I must admit to being a bit disappointed, I expected more given the pedigree but it's still very good overall. What a pity he doesn't have the mouth of his nose. Quite elegant and very pleasant to drink.
    • Nose
      Nose of candied fruit nougat. Dried fruit syrup filtered through the shells of various nuts. Honey cake. Salted butter caramel. Far away, a little crystallized medicinal aroma of brown sugar. Small notes of earthy peat and cocoa in addition to aeration.
    • Taste
      Mouth more watery than I imagined, on slightly rancid dried fruits. Floral on well-infused black tea, with a slight bitterness. Diluted vanilla peat.
    • Finish
      Caramelized finish on wood full of humidity. Dilute milk chocolate.

  7. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    Nose: syrup, dried flowers, branches, herbal juices, dehydrated dried red dates, medicinal wine, a little hidden OBE, Cantonese jelly grass, dried wolfberry, red dates and walnuts. The ancient smoke has been enveloping parts of Sherry, and you need to go deeper to catch the rich, ripe tropical fruits at the bottom. Finally, there are chocolate cookies that have been burnt off.

    Drink: The body is rich in fat and creamy, and the taste buds are really very, very good. I actually tasted a picture so authentically the way I drink it, the ancient country, charcoal, dead leaves, ancient smoke, and medicinal liquor. , Jam, extinguished fire. Expressive and very balanced.

    Overall: I listed ten categories, each with a full score of 10, totaling 100 points to score the whisky I have drunk. This scoring system has been used for half a year, and there has never been a 100-point wine. Nowadays! It appeared! "Highland Park 1959-1980 21y", I admit, I really can't find anything worth deducting points. He is perfect!

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    https://www.kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=441

    Colour:
    Old gold with amber
    Nose:
    Okay, is that a Dumpy Highland Park from the same period? The sherry barrel rules here! Massive sherry flavors with dark fruit. Plums, blueberries, figs and a little elderberry - absolutely round on the nose! The flavor is subtle and the leather more extreme. In addition, there are spicy herbs, oak wood, some furniture polish and smoke - a fantastic one-of-a-kind!
    Taste:
    Full mouthfeel and more spice than the nose can tell. Now orange fruit, salt, leather and very intense wood notes. Supplementary Earl Gray teen notes with a fine blend of herbs that play freshly towards the finish - great.
    Finish:
    Long - spicy and tainted with tons of tea. Not too sweet and not too tart. Light liquorice, espresso and heavy mocha notes spread across the palate - 92+!
    93 points
    N: 94P / G: 93P / F: 92P

    With a big thank you to Benjamin Tan!

  9. pere scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    24 20 20 20
    unfortunately the cork was destroyed and this probably influenced our assessment

  11. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    How incredible the aroma is - so empty in taste and aftertaste. Unfortunately, we got a bottle with a very low level ... Apparently this did a disservice. Lost fortress badly.
    24/20/20/20

  12. DannyDram scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Easy to drink, interesting aromas. At 43%, more pressure is difficult, but very balanced and well structured.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sherry, polish, light smoke, wet cardboard, tropical fruits, peppermint. Well balanced, balanced with good intensity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Blood oranges, grapefruit, smoke, oak wood, balanced, slightly creamy, nice sweetness, a bit rustic and thin.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Blood oranges, a touch of sherry, vanilla. Balanced, pleasant and medium to long finish.

  13. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. Wummy scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Great Highland Park and a gift to try. Nice complex with great violet aroma in the smell. A great dropper ... unfortunately too rare to get apart from the fact that he is hardly affordable.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Flowery, violet, jasmine, red fruits, honey, heather, oranges, peach, toffee, slightly smoky, cream, peach, mango and cherry .... great
    • Taste
      90 90
      slightly peppery from the oak, honey sweetness, barrel and juice orange, typical HP
    • Finish
      92 92
      Sweet dates, prunes, whole milk chocolate, heather, light smoke is noticeable, oak comes after, red fruits, toffee and honey, long.

  15. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Review of the light version:
    My low score may due to this longly opened bottle, but the tea flavor is too dominated, may not be to my liking.
    • Nose
      Oh! This must be some Chinese ice tea I had!Extremely herbal and smoky as well. This is almost it, quite watery.
    • Taste
      Mellow and watery, still a lot of herbal notes and melons, very refreshing.
    • Finish
      Short and dusty.

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Review is for the darker sample, but out the two, I preferred the lighter sample which is a point or 2 higher.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As for the light sample I am conscious that this has been in the bottle 38 years, this is nice bit I think I preferred the lighter of the 2 samples I have.
    • Nose
      Darker sample :-

      This by the smell and colour has more sherry in it than the lighter sample I have done a tasting note for.

      Nice sherry , touch of peat, dark fruit jams, cafe latte, chocolate, blueberry
    • Taste
      This has more power, but it feels a little flat to me at first, a little bitter but there is more peat in this one which could go someway to explain things.

      Toffee, a few malt vinegar notes and the peat is growing, a hint of brine which explains the salty angle.

      The caramel notes come in a wave but again this feels a little flat, thin even, but it is rescued by the sweet notes of jam, sweet plum and  blackcurrant.
    • Finish
      Not quite medium, with toffee notes on the finish

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Review for the lighter sample I have. dark to follow.

    Possibly a few different versions of this bottle
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good, almost too good, no rough edges but the lack of power will not suite everyone and I think this is one of them 43% whisky that over time has suffered a little in the bottle due to the low bottles strength. You have to take into account that this has been in the bottle for 38 years, I am sure this had much more oomph when it was bottled.
    • Nose
      Lighter sample :-

      Smells a little like cider vinegar but in a good way, there is a hint of orange, green apples, peat but its a subtle peat, the trademark heather is there with a few caramel notes and very faint wisps of cigar smoke.
    • Taste
      It tastes actually quite young, verging on a little thin at first but it is also nicely sweet, no burn, well balanced.

      There is some plum coming through and a little tinned gooseberry mixing in with the sherry and then some creamy notes emerge mixing with the peat. The sherry is so restrained, what I call elegant.
    • Finish
      Approaching medium, remaining sweet finishing on a little toffee.

  20. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Can anyone tell me if the bottle on this page is the same as these other two bottle pages?

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35561/highland-park-1959

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/16483/highland-park-21-year-old

    Or are there different vattings, the reason I ask is that I have two decent sized samples, from different people that are supposed to be from this bottle yet they are a different colour, so can I assume there are a few different vattings as there are actually 3 bottle pages for what looks like the same bottle?

    I was wondering if it was a similar situation to this 30 year springbank that had a light and dark vatting?

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11117/springbank-30-year-old

    If anyone can shed any light on this I would very much appreciate it, in the meantime I will try these two that I have.

  21. whiskycuse scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/highland-park-19591980-gradi43-75-cl-ob/

  22. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2006]  I had this dram during a MaRa rarities tasting at Limburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  My notes state a close to perfection nose on both sherry and bourbon aromas (vanilla) and a well balanced mellow taste.  Simply adorable!  (Nevertheless I like the dark 17 year old even a little better).

  23. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/16483/highland-park-21-year-old

  24. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge:

    Highland Park 21 yo 1959/1980 (43%, OB)
     Colour: gold amber. Nose: oh yes, again one of these stunning old ‘dumpy’ Highland Parks. Very resinous, with lots of dried fruits (all sorts), beehive… It then gets very heathery (the marker is well here), with some bold caramel and praline. Whiffs of smoke and spices… Absolutely stunning. Mouth: oh, it’s so balanced and so satisfying! Superbly coating, with lots of herbal tea again, dried fruits (all sorts again), caramel crème, and bunches of soft spices. Just brilliant. No less than 95 points. 

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