Highland Park 40-year-old

Overall rating
93.53/100
votes
302
Whiskybase ID
WB1706
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 9:52 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 4314.08

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 40-year-old

41 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.53 points.

  1. Binh77 scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    An amazing, delicious sherried whisky that is very vibe at 40 years old with hind of peat, dried fruits, fruity, dedicate, elegant, complex, well-ballanced without any off-notes neither woody.

  2. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------92

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I have always used the worst malice to speculate about high vintage wines, but the plateau knights are still stable. At least after this set of vintage wines are drunk from the bottom up around 2010, it can be said that the more expensive ones are better than the cheaper ones. better. Going back to this bottle of wine, it doesn't matter how brilliant it is, it's still a common problem of those high vintages, but the pattern is not lost, I prefer to imagine it as a plateau knight vs. American rye.
    • Nose
      It is near Macallan from HP 30. In addition to the traditional sweet nectar, cheese and sherry of the winery, it also brings out some red dates and decayed mahogany, which is also the meaning of high age. Sudden meat texture and fire smoke are closer to grilling without Ailey-style peat, a little sourness of plums, apricots and green apples, maybe there is sulfur, and it doesn’t feel very good. If the Oloroso barrel is okay, I’m afraid it is. Long-aged tannins are too much. The whole is soft and soothing, incense, tobacco, cinnamon, meadow, longan, cocoa, wheat bran.
    • Taste
      The tannins are skipped, and 48.3% of the wine seems to be filled with only 40% of the flavor and the alcohol is overflowing. Plump and slightly aging, the bitterness of Zhongzheng, caramel, ginger, cinnamon, fireworks, bitter coffee, black chocolate, dark fruits, Palo Cortado, almonds, residual tea.
      Normal, good fat, normal sweetness, sour, no astringency, obvious bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long time, charcoal fire, pepper? Cinnamon, black chocolate, sweet and bitter, rye.

  4. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smell: thick oil red sauce with obvious sulfur smell. Wake up, mushrooms, herbs, saltpeter, raisins, nuts. Continue to place the play, the good side of HP40 begins to show up, peach jam, lime, raspberry cake, chocolate, ripe to slightly rotten pulp, dehydrated grapes, nectar, and apricot jam. The smell is relatively closed, more than calm, and lack of vitality.
    Taste: nectar, a bit of smoke, fine salt, caramelized chocolate, citrus pulp, a strong sense of essential oils and fragrance, bitterness is also obvious. Toast oak, peel, a little sea mud, papaya, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sage.
    Body: not much oil, heavy body, solid and strong, fuller. Final rhyme: long, dried fruit, pudding, herb, oak
    Overall: 88/100, with the frame and flavor elements of great wine, but not very lively, and the sense of consolidation is too strong.

  5. Skywalka scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    This is no doubt a beautiful whisky, but it's nevertheless overrated and overpriced, again by people with too much money and not enough sense. My only quibble about this whisky is that it's all sweet and bitter/earthy notes, not enough sour fruity notes to be balanced for my palate. But of course that's my personal preference, I need a nice sour fruity aspect in my whisky to really float my boat. Still, the quality and pleasant flavour profile is undeniable, so while I don't agree, I can somewhat understand why people go a bit silly over this stuff.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Re taste for a sherried whisky H2H.

    More proof that my palate is changing , this is a good whisky but the 1962 44 year Tamdhu GM at 43% was a few points in front of this.
    91 points all round with the score dropping for the 2nd time.. The finish is the best part
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. pere scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intense, spicy, sherry, wood, a bit of wood tar, smoke, maritime, fruity, heather, coffee.
    • Taste
      Powerful, beeswax, a bit of honey, woody, spices, a bit of hay, quite dry, a bit of toffee.
    • Finish
      Spices, wood, quite dry, a bit bitter, spicy sweetness, a hint of malt.

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    1522) Highland Park, 40YO (2008)
    Well, first dram since I was 'blow' last week, so lets go easy, nothing more than 50% for a while.
    • Nose
      N- A recently opened HP40, same batch as the old bottle I tried 4 years ago, which that one has show signs of oxidation and tiredness. 5 seconds into nosing this, you know this is an 'essay' whisky, but will keep it short and sweet. Caramelized dried longan, dried lychee and various exotic dried stone fruits. Toasted leafy herbs and spices, walnuts and warm ginger extract, drift of soya, follow by warm nasi pulut manis. Elegantly dark with charming white elements. (95/23)
    • Taste
      P- Good reflection on the age, the oak speaks with authority yet in a well compose manner. No, there is no flaw or anything to pick on here. Burst of flavours from a mere sip, spicy ginger infused sultanas, orange peel, brownish leather, bitter coffee with lace of stone fruits sweetness. Just marvelous. (96/24)
    • Finish
      F- Long, essence of oak escalated with profound white fruitiness. Mesmerizing nasi pulut manis and exotic stone fruits. Taste wholly and complete, superbly integrated. (95/23)

      B/B- 97/24

      Weighted Rate - 95pt, +1 for an old malt

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The oldest Highland Park that I have ever tried, and with the highest rating. Surprisingly versatile on the nose, but I expected much more from the taste and aftertaste.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sweet grape paste, candied plum jam, buckwheat honey. A little Polish and the smell of summer fields. Burnt sugar and caramel. A small bitterness of wormwood breaks through. The sweet smell of Duchess and fruit essence. The smell of fresh bread crust. After a little standing in the glass, the varnish rises.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Taste. Sweet, the taste of buckwheat honey and old Soviet caramel, prunes. A little dips, it is possible that a little degree of the drink could have fallen, so it feels like a failure.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste is sweet, velvet. With a small outlet in the salt.

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Calmar scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Masterpiece, rich, deep, complex in terms of composition, magnificent in development - starting in all components as a fairly simple set of derivatives, an epic canvas is born before your eyes, worthy of extremely high marks, calmly and unhurriedly revealing itself in front of you in all its glory.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, spicy woody shades, varnish, caustic mineral-peaty notes, dry herbs, furniture polish, coffee, fondant, pipe tobacco, at first quite simple and primitive, but over time, depth, saturation is revealed, many shades grow through the initial picture ...
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, sweet-woody notes are replaced by ash-peat and light smoky tones, coffee, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, creamy motifs - toffee, fondant, leather goods, dry herbs, nougat - a very powerful development, it all starts literally from three or four derivatives and in a few seconds everything around blooms in dozens of shades and half-tones, difficult, deep.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, continuation of the taste, smooth fading of the entire gustatory palette with a predominance of sweet creamy and woody herbal shades.

  12. DannyDram scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Filigree, delicate sweetness with a lot of thrust.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Orange, boiled apricot, honey, honeydew melon, marzipan, peppermint, milk chocolate, leather, fine smoke, paraffin. Outstandingly balanced, filigree, high intensity.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Sherry, gingerbread, honey, fresh wood, cooked fruits, paraffin. Subtle sweetness, oily, silky, beautifully balanced, mouth-filling and full of pressure.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Leathery, fine tobacco smoke, peppery. Gentle, warming balanced, long finish.

  13. prz22 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Creamy, complex, elegant, delicate masterpiece.
    • Nose
      98 98
      Amazing complexity, constantly changing..
      Sometimes creamy sweetness, then sea flavours, gardens of flowers, herbs teas and spices, skin cosmetics, vanilla essence.. perfection!
      So complex being so subtle.
    • Taste
      96 96
      So oily and creamy, perfectly balanced : herbs, spices, lemon slice, sea breeze, sunbathing oils.
      Perfectly integrated alcohol, complex softness evaporating into massage oils..
    • Finish
      96 96
      Not strong at all.
      Still very long, endless actually...giving back,piece by piece a little of its delicacy, soft flavours, vanilla flowers, white pepper and many other

  14. Palindrome scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The last of the late-great HP's. I just love this bottle. It's got four score brilliance in spades. The key for me lies in the balance of smoke, power, and sweetness, like a woman who sings while she makes love, but softly, in one's ear, almost like a whisper, like a breathy exhalation of what could have been consumation. When a far northern island whisky gets this good, it could pass for a reincarnated ghostly Viking queen with a gloaming broad sword at her side that matches metal and mist in a display of fecund ferocity.

    Here is my full review. After I wrote it, I sprang for a bottle at auction. Well, my friends and I did together. Spring, sprang, sprung . . . verse.

    https://thewhiskywash.com/reviews/whisky-review-highland-park-40-year-old/

  15. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Balance (24)
    Wonderful whisky, I haven’t tried anything like this. Find out in it HP without options ... bandages? Tablets? Madness! (95)
    • Nose
      Wow! Dried fruits, heavy aromas of prunes wrapped in bandages ... halva, mushroom broth, skin and grass ... a touch of pickles, fried seeds. Chocolate with tablets, wonderful) Through the thick, heavy, sticky layers of sherry and old smoke, oranges burst , burnt crusts of biscuit, dust and marmalade bears ... (24)
    • Taste
      Fatty taste, dried fruits, wood, tobacco (23)
    • Finish
      The finish is juicy, smoke, prunes, varnish and menthol .... walnut and leather. Toothpaste and grass .... overflow of tobacco shades and citruses. Damn, finish is very long. (24)

  17. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Balance (24)
    Wonderful whisky, I haven’t tried anything like this. Find out in it HP without options ... bandages? Tablets? Madness! (95)
    • Nose
      Wow! Dried fruits, heavy aromas of prunes wrapped in bandages ... halva, mushroom broth, skin and grass ... a touch of pickles, fried seeds. Chocolate with tablets, wonderful) Through the thick, heavy, sticky layers of sherry and old smoke, oranges burst , burnt crusts of biscuit, dust and marmalade bears ... (24)
    • Taste
      Fatty taste, dried fruits, wood, tobacco (23)
    • Finish
      The finish is juicy, smoke, prunes, varnish and menthol .... walnut and leather. Toothpaste and grass .... overflow of tobacco shades and citruses. Damn, finish is very long. (24)

  18. olegborgol scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    24-23-24-24, the aroma can be inhaled endlessly - multilayered, complex. The aftertaste does not end very long. Tasted with 10ml of Breathable (Thanks Max))

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    I had very high expectations and I was not disappointed - this is probably the creamiest HP ever - typical HP, complex but also very drinkable and enjoyable - superb!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Intense, sweet, sea breeze, whiffs of smoke and leather, all kinds of honeys, acacia honey, heather, dry hay - great!
    • Taste
      98 98
      Wow, so oily, creamy, mellow, thick, like syrup, good sweetness, again, lots of honey, hints of toffee, milk chococlate, cooked fruits, jam, apricots, also some dried fruits - fantastic!
    • Finish
      97 97
      Long, warm, fruity and sweet, some last hints of leather and smoke as it should be for a HP excellent!

  20. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Were the bitter oak note in the tail of the finish more subdued, or some other note longer and more prominent instead, this would be a solid 93. Now we will have to settle for 92, while keeping an open mind for a score upgrade from a fresher bottle.
    Tasted with HP 13yo single cask 6324 (86 pts.)

    P.S. When I type "apotechary salmiak", it's this stuff:
    https://www.nordictemptations.com/api/thumbnail?img=/files/nordictemptations.kotisivukone.com/On-line_shop/Sweets/Apteekin_salmiakki.jpg&width=680&height=1000
    If you like old peaty whisky and have never tried these or ammonium chloride (salammoniac), please do. You might not like the taste but you'll certainly recognize it in some Islays, Taliskers and HPs.
    • Nose
      *Sniff, sniff* There will be tannins. These are some fine oaky notes, though, and with that bit of fresh mint and the voluminous dry apotechary salmiak lozenge notes, I'm sold. I detect some of the saltiness and kelp of HP 25yo 1995 OB, but this one's not quite as wild, and has a fair bit more sherry notes, while the 25yo 1995 seemed to be more on the distillate.
    • Taste
      Good, solid body with a unique taste that's medicinal, with a fair bit of ammonium chloride, lots of old sherry and oak, some subtle fresh herb notes, and a nice flash of that HP peat in the tail. Elegant and complex if not particularly surprising: An impeccably tuned orchestra playing one of the Brandenburg Concertos.
    • Finish
      Dryish, oaky, with ammonium chloride, a smidgen of liquorice, and this tooth-coating old furniture note. The heavy tannins make it slightly bitter.

  21. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Medium amber pour. Nose has the classic Highland Park pie crust, light fruit jams, faintly salty peat. Beneath that, there are really nice tropical fruits (mangoes) that emerge especially as it breathes and opens. Mouth is compact and subtle, with lots of these little small elements (buttery pie crust, field flowers, soft peat). It starts to get really nice when the tropical fruits come out. I've had a few Highland Park OB bottles ranging from 12 to 25 to 30 to this, and this is hands down the best. It's a similar spirit but it seems that with enough age this really delicate and lovely mangoes, pineapples come on. Elegant.

  22. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Medium amber pour. Nose has the classic Highland Park pie crust, light fruit jams, faintly salty peat. Beneath that, there are really nice tropical fruits (mangoes) that emerge especially as it breathes and opens. Mouth is compact and subtle, with lots of these little small elements (buttery pie crust, field flowers, soft peat). It starts to get really nice when the tropical fruits come out. I've had a few Highland Park OB bottles ranging from 12 to 25 to 30 to this, and this is hands down the best. It's a similar spirit but it seems that with enough age this really delicate and lovely mangoes, pineapples come on. Elegant.

  23. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Elegant and delicate noses, very watery palate, it's already gone.

  24. Macheye scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park 40 year is simply stunning and the finest whisky I’ve sampled during my time writing for The Dramble. The flavour delivery is precise, the balance is perfect, and the development and finish offer almost endless depth and complexity.
    • Nose
      Exquisitely rich and expressive, but given the hefty age statement, you’ll not be surprised when I suggest that some substantial resting time (over 30 minutes) is required here. Once fully opened, there’s nothing shy about this nose – wonderful maturity and remarkable aroma development – it’s hauntingly sexy and an experience you’re unlikely to want to end….ever. Pronounced leather, mahogany polish and musty bone dry paper conjure up images of a wood-panelled Victoria library packed to the rafters with ancient leather-bound tomes. The traditional Highland Park profile is still extraordinarily strong here – dried highland grasses, heathery honey and sweet wispy smoke – but everything is richer, deeper and altogether more refined. Orange peels, Peruvian dark chocolate and liquorice merge with luxuriant dark berry fruits, prune juice and dusty aged spices – cinnamon and nutmeg. The level of smoke here is surprising, it’s still a wafting background aroma, packed full of burnt hays, stubbed out cigars and tinder boxes – but it’s much more pronounced that one might expect from 40 years of maturation – this results in a peat that seeming both ancient and refined and yet lively and spry at the same time. Woodiness levels are unsurprisingly high – and yet still somehow restrained – highly polished dark old wood – not a trace of young sappy vanilla and with plenty of beeswax and lacquered furniture. Beautiful, captivating and lingering. I could nose this forever.
    • Taste
      Unctuous, slightly oily and with a perfectly judged arrival that delivers a surge of refined flavour with almost no perceptible alcohol despite the 48.3% ABV. Yes, friends, if you’re judging whisky on its ‘smoothness’ this is as smooth as they come. The front palate offers up a stunning balance of mouth-coating burnt sweet heather and cinder toffee, sitting alongside raisins, orange and dried citrus peels. This develops (slowly) into perfectly judged bitterness – from both spices and wood. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a sprinkle of white pepper and then a wave of tanned leather, ancient saddle hides, dusty books, teak oil, mahogany and ebony woods. The development continues into the back palate where sweetness returns to balance the deeper, spicier wood-led flavours – a harvest of juicy, reduced red and black fruit jams and preserves alongside chocolate and burnt honeycomb. Smoke runs throughout, but is most discernible in the back palate – it’s an intriguing and subtle combination of sun-scorched hays, burnt sugars and coastalness. Glorious.
    • Finish
      Almost never ending – ever decreasing little lapping waves of chocolate, berries, ancient wood and aromatic spices. It dries superbly without any perceptible tannic influence.

  25. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Everything is sensory in this whisky. A wonderful blend of sweet, spicy, fruity and smoky aromas; embedded in present and reasonably strong alcohol. No one aspect outweighs the others. The word "harmonious" describes this whisky absolutely aptly.
    • Nose
      Incredibly intense start. He does not hide for a second. And an amazingly fresh, almost lively start for such an oldie. It starts sweet, orange and cinnamon appear, shortly afterwards strong vanilla and a spice mixture. The oak sounds. For a while you will find aromatic smoked ham and strong plum. A touch of iodine and peppermint chewing gum. If he stays longer in the glass, smoke is clearly present.
    • Taste
      There is no time wasted here. Oak, smoke, hams storm on the tongue almost at the same time and the alcohol certainly does not speak up unbridled. After the first attack, orange and dark fruits appear on the palate. The salivation is massive and is supported by a fine, very pleasant bitterness.
    • Finish
      Malt, furniture polish and coffee in the very long finish complete the picture perfectly.

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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. 

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A further tasting I think on reflection 93 points is about right for this.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96

  30. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A truly lovely whisky.
    • 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.

  31. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it at a Highland Park VIP tasting at Whisky-Live in Spa (Belgium), February 4th 2018. 
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

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

  33. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted duriing the Magnus Eunson Tour 05/2017.
    • 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.

  34. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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.

  35. Andytka3 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Closed, require breathing time and patient. An array of soft spices and
    white crushed peppers with matured soft wood aroma. Subtle coastal note
    emerge underneath. Supple and elegant.


    Palate:- Light and velvet, fruit extract evolve around on a soft spice
    of cooked anise, cooked clove and white pepper again. Hint of distant
    peat smoke with rusty mineral linger.

    Finish:- Liquorice
    clinch on the throat, minty. A touch of brandy sweetness. Warming Hacks.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  36. mds51 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, leather, some wood, caramelized oranges, figs, the typical floral Highland Park touch of older Highland Park's. And a lot of other sweet fruits. Cinnamon and other winter spices complete the fruit mix.

      I could smell that for hours :)
    • Taste
      Creamy, light woody notes, spicy, forest honey, subtle smoky notes, which are barely recognizable. The sherry influence is palpable, some cherry, strawberry.
      Some orange and almonds.

      Perfectly matched, the alcohol is perfectly integrated.
    • Finish
      The spiciness lingers for several minutes in the mouth in conjunction with a soft bitterness of a dark chocolate.

  37. Deloti scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. captain_k scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  39. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    The
    nose is rich and full. Notes of pine and eucalyptus oil with hints of
    manuka honey. There are some fruit notes, grassy heather and mixed peels
    developing with gentle smoke. The palate is full and a little oily.
    Notes of leafy greenness and marzipan with hints of sherry. There are
    some thick oak notes with Seville marmalade and a little spice. The
    finish is long with perfumy notes and zesty bitter oak.



  40. Ragazzo scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Nothing but perfection to me.

  41. Drochaid scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Color: dark, rich amber gold Aroma: Spicy and aromatic with a background of rich and dark fruits, nutmeg and cinnamon, lemon peel and dark chocolate. The use of refilled barrels allows the smoke, the hallmark of Highland Park, to be preserved in the wood even after 40 years. Taste: Fruity, some peat smoke, honey, toffee and dark chocolate. Finish: long and elegant, slightly smoky with a hint of sweetness.

  42. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    tasting notes from Dave Broom - Whisky Magazine:

    Nose: Mature. Light rancio touches. Highly exotic. Suede and a sexual sweaty muskiness. Hideously sexy.

    Palate: Dry start, then becomes oily and tongue coating. The leather comes back alongside notes of bitter almond, raisin and dried peels. In time the smoke emerges. Crisp then it starts sweetening once more.

    Finish: Endless

    Comment: A stunningly great whisky. One of the finest I`ve had for a considerable time.

    95 points

  43. ALouis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Thank you Serge for the sample.
    • Nose
      Winey, woody nose with touches of toffee. Nose light enough, some notes of leather. Rubber, very light peat and menthol notes. Baked cake, grilled cake. Then come notes of candied fruit and ripe.
    • Taste
      Sherry and some smoked notes. Rubber, dried fruits. Beautiful texture.
    • Finish
      Medium final, sweet / salty.

  44. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Spicy, orange blossom, honey-tinged sweetness with vanilla and dried oak. Mango and melon note with a wisp of smoke
    • Taste
      Soft vanilla and sweet berley with a hint of grape
    • Finish
      Muscovado sweetness balanced by wisps of Orcadian peat smoke

  45. The Macallan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasted this one as a work in progress back in 2005 at the distillery. Me and my pal R A where walking thru the warehouses until he stopped at a particular cask and opened it. It was the most enjoyable HP I tasted so far, it was a cask from 1967 at that time. I still had some sherry in the nose with a whiff of the unmistakable HP smokiness and the cask was a first fill. The flavor was like a fruitcake at christmass, drenched with layers of sherry and the finish was sweetish, fruity and oak dryness. Great stuff!!

  46. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here:

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/highland-park-vertical-tasting-12y-15y-18y-21y-25y-30y-34y-40y-22494/3/

  47. Drochaid scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes

    Appearance:Rich hues of russet and copperNose:Spicy
    and aromatic with a background of rich dark fruits, Nutmeg, cinnamon,
    lemon zest and darkest chocolate. The use of refill casks, allows,
    Highland Park`s trademark smoke to be retained, even after 40 years in
    woodPalate:Beautiful balance of sweet toffee notes,
    dark chocolate, black cherries, honey, sun dried orange zest and
    aromatic heather peat smokinessFinish:Rich, long, elegant, smoky and surprisingly sweet. Lingers forever

    The long-term nature of the maturation of Highland Park 40 year old
    allows time for the perfect balance to be achieved. The colour, as with
    all bottlings of Highland Park, is entirely natural; the delicate
    coppery paleness of the whisky is down to the judicious use of refill
    casks. The strength (alcohol by volume) is relatively high at 48.3% to
    deliver maximum flavour.

    http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/the-tasting-room/core-expressions/40-year-old

  48. nijholtm scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I could do this with a 3cl sample, for my birthday. But wow! this is very expensive. But than again, what a superb finish!
    • Nose
      again the first aroma that strikes me is dark chocolate. Really dark chocolate this time. There is some oak, but less than expected (this is good I suppose). More heathery and floral aromas in combination with the chocolate. Besides the chocolate there are fruity aromas, dried fruits. Plums and cranberries. Sultanas. Honey as well.
    • Taste
      well-balanced, and very complex. Subtle smoke is the first impact. Followed by a good amount of the oak wood, lovely sherry influences. This whisky reminds me of the Glendronach Revival in some way. 
    • Finish
      a very, very, very long and satisfying finish! More chocolate and honey, some almonds as well. It just keeps on going... 

  49. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "An outstanding Highland Park, bottled at a remarkable 40 years old.

    They`ve done a good job on the presentation, too - extremely heavy box

    with proper hinges and magnetic closure, with a leather-bound booklet

    inside extolling the virtues of distillery and dram."
    `WORLD`S BEST NEW RELEASE - World Whiskies Awards 2009`
    TWE

  50. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very special expression from Highland Park. Few distilleries have the
    requisite whisky stocks to add a 40-year-old to the core of their range.
    Highland Park made sure this was sure to turn heads with stunning
    packaging. The bottles are adorned with a silver amulet, the glass bottle was specially created by Stolze Flaconnage and the box was finished to cabinet quality by Mount Gabriel.

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