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Highland Park 40-year-old

Overall rating
93.82/100
votes
228
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2008
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Refill Casks
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
5010314075903
Added on
02 May 2008 9:34 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3.051,41

Tastingtags

26 Notes

FritzeKrautman
Expert Senior FritzeKrautman Tasting note
09 Jun 2018 3:57 pm
FritzeKrautman gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Unglaublich intensiver Beginn. Der versteckt sich nicht eine Sekunde lang. Und ein erstaunlich frischer, fast spritziger Antritt für so einen Oldie. Es beginnt süß, Orange und Zimt erscheinen, kurz danach kräftige Vanille und eine Gewürzmischung. Die Eiche klingt an. Eine zeitlang findet sich aromatischer Räucherschinken und kräftige Pflaume. Ein Hauch Jod und Pfefferminzkaugummi. Steht er länger im Glas, wird eindeutig Rauch präsent.

Taste

uch hier wird keine Zeit verschwendet. Auf die Zunge stürmen praktisch gleichzeitig Eiche, Rauch, Schinken und der Alkohol meldet sich bestimmt aber nicht ungezügelt zu Wort. Nach dem ersten Überfall erscheinen nun Orange und dunkle Früchte am Gaumen. Der Speichelfluss setzt massiv ein und wird von einer feinen, sehr angenehmen Bitterkeit getragen.

Finish

Malz, Möbelpolitur und auch Kaffee im sehr langen Abgang runden das Bild perfekt ab.

Comments

Bei diesem Whisky stimmt sensorisch einfach alles. Eine wunderbare Mischung aus süßen, würzigen, fruchtigen und rauchigen Aromen; eingebettet in präsenten und angemessen kräftigen Alkohol. Kein einziger Aspekt überwiegt die anderen. Das Wort "harmonisch" beschreibt diesen Whisky absolut treffend.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
03 Jun 2018 12:36 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

Old IB Highland Park tonight and see how they compare against an OB 

Tried a couple of 1959 OB dumpy last night so these IB will interesting. 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/19734/highland-park-1967-dt 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/24396/highland-park-1968-dt 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/14986/highland-park-1972-tb 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/41200/highland-park-1974-sv 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/83747/highland-park-1990-sv 

Then 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/669/highland-park-30-year-old 

and possibly one other older OB. 

scores are between 89.29 for the 1990 and 93.95 for the 1967 DT, I mention the scores because my scores were lower for the 2 vattings of 1959 I had last night compared to the WB average. 

The 67 DT is excellent with great nose and balance but lighter than older OB in the sherry department, I will try this one to compare as they were distilled within a year of each other. 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/1706/highland-park-40-year-old 

Whoa, although the 40 year OB has the classical sherried profile of aged HP I preferred the DT, even though the points are the same. 

Result:- 

1 - 1972 The Bottlers 

2 - 1967 John Scotts 

3 = HP 40 OB 

3 = HP 30 OB 

4 - 1974 Signatory 

5 - 1990 SV 

6 - 1968 DT 

The 1972 Bottlers was the clear winner here followed by 67 John Scotts DT, both are very well balanced. Equal 3rd was the OB 40 year and 30 year from 2005 and while the 40 year is more complex I think I preferred the 30 year on enjoyment regardless of the scores. If you consider current auction prices then it is a no contest as the 30 year is much better value for money. 

The 74 SV in reality was almost as good and when you consider it was only 16 years when bottled, to get such a good score shows its quality. The 1990 SV surprised me with a very respectable score and bringing up the rear was the 68 DT which was fine but like a whisky not firing on all cylinders and was lacking in all departments compared to the others. 

If you see some HP by The Bottlers, do a bottle share, sublime stuff. 


lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
02 Jun 2018 10:27 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

A further tasting I think on reflection 93 points is about right for this.

Weighted Rate
92.4
Nose
94
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
90
Presentation
90
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
09 Feb 2018 9:44 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

I recently did a head to head HP 18, 21, 25 & 30 year but 25 &30 had both the 45.7% and 48.15 versions so 6 drams in all, the 30 year 48.1% won that H2H.

 Now I try the 30 year against the 40 year 48.3% and for me on taste alone the 40 year is way out in front, it is more complex, thicker on the palate with basically a perfectly weighted profile in my view.

 I am not sure of the casks used but if similar the extra 10 years is telling. I have to say the 30 year is more vibrant, more fireworks on the palate its just the overall package of the 40 that wins by some distance.  Now if you bring price into it, the gap narrows considerably.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
09 Feb 2018 9:42 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

When this came out I refused to pay £475 for a bottle of this, (the guy won it in a raffle) I offered the guy £450 and stuck to my guns, what a fool I was. I have regretted that specific whisky decision to this day.

This is a beautiful whisky, not worth the money it goes for now obviously but the balance is spot on.

I need to try the 30 year 48.1% original now to compare.

Whisky in general does not come much better than this, sure I am an old HP fan and biased but you cannot ignore the quality here.

Weighted Rate
94
Nose
95
Initial taste
93
Body
95
Finish
96
Price
90
Presentation
92
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
09 Feb 2018 9:45 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

I would say that is classic Highland Park, sherry, wood, dark fruits a little heather all mixing beautifully.

Dark fruit jams, rich sherry, hints of peat, but there is also something quite sweet like peaches in syrup but not as sweet as that, There is also some Italian cooked meat in the mix, balsamic (the heavy syrupy kind)

Taste

The initial attack is just about perfect but then there is some initial dryness mixed in with wood spices.

The fruit grows on mango but mainly plum, it of the stewed kind so some of the sweetness is removed and there are plenty of juicy raisins in the mix but creeping in is some orange chocolate which adds a layer of complexity.

The peat is there and it is quite powerful mixed with a very nice mulled wine and ginger spice.

Finish

Long, warming, and just some slight woody bitterness creeping in at the end and finally the orange hints.

Comments

A truly lovely whisky.

ovanpuyvelde
Expert Senior ovanpuyvelde Review note
04 Feb 2018 4:30 pm
ovanpuyvelde gave this whisky 90 points

Tasted it at a Highland Park VIP tasting at Whisky-Live in Spa (Belgium), February 4th 2018. 

Weighted Rate
90.3
Nose
93
Initial taste
95
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
80
Presentation
93
Lord of Orkney
Member Senior Lord of Orkney Review note
20 Nov 2017 12:22 pm
Lord of Orkney gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
92.5
Nose
94
Initial taste
93
Body
95
Finish
93
Price
85
Presentation
90
Erik Elixer
Connoisseur Erik Elixer Tasting note
10 Sep 2017 8:35 pm
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

White pepper, soft smoke, tropical fruits, vanilla - custard and black tea.

Taste

Very full with spices - cinnamon, creamy vanilla, coffee, roasted barley, smoke - lapsang tea and some orange.

Finish

Smoke, creamy and some nuts.

Comments

Tasted duriing the Magnus Eunson Tour 05/2017.

Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Note
22 Jul 2017 7:18 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 92 points

This was part of a tasting with two other Highland Parks -- Old Oaks 1977 #7957 (93 points) and Park Avenue 1980 #7366 (92 points), two of the better single cask HP's. I find this Highland Park 40 to compare quite well to the other two, more easy drinking and benign, but also less complex and more closed. ABV is 48.3% but feels more like 43-45%. I like it a lot, but just not as much as the astounding single casks I had earlier. Probably half a point less than the #7366.

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