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Highland Park 50-year-old

Overall rating
95.46/100
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56
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sterling silver frame - exclusively from Harrods
Vintage
1960
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
50 years old
Casktype
Five Refill Oak Casks
Number of bottles
275
Strength
44.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Sep 2010 10:21 am
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 53569,90

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 50-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.46 points

  1. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    There is not a single tasting note on here yet 44 people have scored it?

    9 of those scores are 100, surely someone could give us a tasting note if it was that good , I wonder why no person has written anything about this?

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

    Whiskyfun

    Too
    bad I didn’t get this one for my birthday, it’s just as ol… young as
    yours truly. It’s a vatting of five casks (I believe it was done some
    time ago and further aged in a single cask, hence the 275 bottles) and
    it retails for £10,500. According to Harrods’ (quote): ‘Inspired by
    the elemental forces of Orkney and designed by renowned jewellery
    designer Maeve Gillies of MaeVona, New York, each of the 275 bottles
    produced is crafted by hand from sterling silver.’ And Harrods to add: ‘Regrettably, this product is non-returnable and non-exportable.’
    Non-exportable? Missiles or cluster bombs are exportable, and this baby
    isn’t? This is a strange world… Or maybe does someone want to avoid
    paralleling?




    Colour:
    mahogany. Nose: why am I not Steve Jobs or the Sultan of Brunei? As
    expected, this is quite stunning, rather drier and more mentholated and
    resinous than other very old HPs that I could already try. When I write
    ‘resinous’, I mean ‘good pine resin’, not what one can find in some
    fairly extreme young woodbombs. In short, no varnishy resin if you see
    what I mean. What’s quite striking is that it’s all rather medicinal at
    very first nosing, and rather closer to some old Islayers. Quite some
    camphor. As for the way it unfolds after that, it’s all rather epic I
    must say. At times wonderfully fruity (passion fruits and mango
    compote), sometimes waxy and ‘polished’ (furniture polish, sandalwood,
    humidor, tobacco), then we’re back on mint and camphor, then kumquats,
    then a magnificent spiciness (a precious mix), then roasted nuts
    (cashews, coffee beans)… It’s just endless. The complexity is amazing
    yet it’s all very coherent and sort of compact, as it does not go into
    several directions at the same time. As I sometimes say, it’s a
    movie-whisky, not a picture-whisky. Mouth: sure it shows its age a bit
    more than on the nose and sure it’s a tad too ‘concentrated’ (a little
    bitter oak, strong tea, strong liquorice) but I wouldn’t say that’s a
    problem, you just have to remember this is a 50yo whisky and respect it.
    Many spices, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, then bitter almonds, bitters,
    walnuts, orange zests… It’s also a tad artichoky at times (liqueur)… The
    background is fruitier, on more oranges and kumquats (crystallised).
    Finish: long, liquoricy and more herbal. Comments: right. The nose is
    absolutely fabulous in my opinion, while the palate is very, very nice
    but I think it’s maybe a tad woody and spicy. What’s sure is that it’s really
    high-end malt whisky and that no wealthy British resident will be
    disappointed. Remember, you can’t export it, at least if you buy it from
    Harrods’ ;-). SGP:372 – 91 points(95 nose, 87 palate).

  3. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer`s Tasting Notes

    Appearance: Clear and bright with burnished mahogany hues.

    Nose: Complex
    and multi-layered; dusty wood and old tobacco pouch at first. Slowly
    the emphasis moves to fruit and spices; cooked damsons, raisins and
    nutmeg are all prevalent.

    Palate: At full strength, it is rich and
    spicy with excellent tannins and notes of muscovado sugar to the fore
    with a hint of wax. When reduced, orange peel, camphor and cloves
    emerge.

    Finish: Long and very spicy, slightly smoky remnants.

  4. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "Another stunning packaging job for this limited

    release of fifty-year-old Highland Park 1960, featuring a sterling

    silver abstract `cage` around the bottle by Scottish artist Maeve

    Gillies and a natural-look wooden box. The official tasting notes

    suggest a sherry influence on this, with tobacco, raisins and cooked

    fruit."
    TWE

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