Highland Park 1959

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy Green Bottle, Round black label, Ferraretto Import
Stated Age
21 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Ferraretto Import, Milano
Added on
20 Jul 2020 3:53 pm

Average value

€ 3684.06

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100 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1959

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.33 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. 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.

  3. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    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!

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    Old gold with amber
    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!
    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.
    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!

  5. pere scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  6. funtik1975 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. DannyDram scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  9. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla honey green fruits papaya great obe, very refined


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