Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Bennachie (Ben)
Bottling serie
Special Reserve
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 sep 2010 7:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 420.00

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34 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Highland Park 1988 Ben

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.09 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasted. August 2016.
    Very fond of the nose but it needs water to tame this overriding bitterness on mouth and finish.
    • Nose
      First sniff is strong, alcoholic and kind of peaty. Afterwards dried apricot, liquorice, pine resine, varnish, smoked ham.
    • Taste
      Heavy. On dried fruits, citrus and salt. Spicy too. And a frank bitterness from the wood probably.
      Let's try with water. Seabreeze on the nose, more smoked meat mixed with the dried fruits. The mouth is more citrusy, bitterness is tamed and overall it's better.
    • Finish
      Similar. Still this bitterness.

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  3. Jeep51 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose was very engaging but the result is noticeably disappointing. It's hard to guess what that might be. The meat is reminiscent of Mortlach, the rest perhaps a Campbeltown
    • Nose
      Old school and melted. Can be coffee with milk, can be softwood. Old leather, toffee and some smoked meat (dry ham). It's very nice.
    • Taste
      Rich and creamy. Many dried fruits, brown sugar and caramel. Always a little smoked meat. Becomes pretty quickly sickening.
    • Finish
      Moderately long. Saline, hot and spicy.

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in blind. The nose pulls this dram down in my opinion. Then I have trouble as soon as I feel sulfur. 84/100
    • Nose
      A slightly sulfur nose. With that wood and liquorice. I can not get much out of my nose. I wonder if I do not feel a little side peat / closed, but without much conviction. With water, a little lemon spring.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it is very hard and caramelized. Very woody. And very strong. With water, the woody disappears a little, but against a puff of salt appears. Unless I missed it before. A little flower (violet?).
    • Finish
      The finish is softer and is on blackberry and caramel.

  5. Titi94 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyFun.com (August 20, 2014):

    Colour: deep gold.

    Nose: great, that’s all I can say. Ultra-classic and mega-classy HP goodness, with extra-layers of meaty things and camphory stuff. This time we have a huge smoky Christmas cake, as well as many tiny herbal notes, parsley, chives, fennel, lovage and all that. Unbeatable style as far as rather heavy sherry’s concerned. With water: many mineral notes, new tyres, clay, ‘good’ sulphur…

    Mouth (neat): did I mention a Christmas cake? With water: big sherried HP, slightly rough and gritty, but that goes well with the distillate. Crystallised oranges, dried bananas, fruitcake, honey cake… and all that.

    Finish: long, with more spices. Cloves, as often in heavily sherried whiskies. And tobacco, and a little leather.

    Comments: little-known bottlers can have great whiskies, even when they use the names of long-gone distilleries. Ah well…

    SGP:551 - 89 points.

  6. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  7. Furtia scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Lafroy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A lot of charred oak, prunes, dried mushrooms, tobacco, dried fruit compote, a little bit of dryness, a lot of smoke, also it seems slightly peated, smoked bacon, hints of spiciness and pepper, heavy leather and grilled meat.
    • Taste
      It starts with sweetness, then it gives that burning sensation on the palate with light sourness, dryness, spiciness, smoke, peat, roots, pepper, a lot of tobacco, cigarette smoke, with honey sweetness to it.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet on one hand, semidry, smoky, tobacco and peppery on the other hand. It is very warming.


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