- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Oloroso Sherry Cask
- Number of bottles
- 60.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Added on
- 10 May 2008 4:02 pm
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27 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1995
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.36 points
- Ralfy review 770: https://youtu.be/qS8k1LR48Jw?t=840 (93/100). Head to head with Highland Park 12yo 'Viking Honour'.
- Quite heavy-bodied. Stunning complexity and concentration of flavours for such a young whisky - also the very high ABV is perfectly integrated in this whisky, and adds such an intensity to the flavours. To me it tastes older than it is as well, and much more developed than I would ever expect for a whisky this age. Just extraordinary. Among the best HPs I have ever tasted for sure.
Tasted blind as the 23rd whisky of my 2016 whisky advent calendar.
Some smokiness, 'ancient' and very musty oak in an asserting but very pleasant way, dusty dried fruit, some heavy and nutty earthiness, old wood-polish with some dark dried berries in it, sherried spices, some slightly tarry liquorice, under all the heavy flavour components there is an undercurrent of cream mixed with honey and a bit of sherry, a heavy mix of treacle and toffee, dried grapefruit, leather, some hot cocoa, a wonderful zestiness coming to the fore in intermittent bursts, some almost undetectable sulfur which really suits this nose!
Treacle, grapefruit, heavy dark and lightly smoked fruit, heavy sherry, some constant tarriness that fits beautifully together with the fruit presence, cream and honey, heavy oak, mustiness nicely balanced with the fruitiness, caramel, a faint and very pleasant rubbery note, liquorice, a gorgeous dry/tannic zesty touch.
Long - heavy musty oak, sherry, some honey, heavy dark treacle, nutty and heavy malt, vanilla, earthy, some smoke, tobacco, a bit of the same rubbery note from the palate, dark heavily-roasted coffee.
- I'm so glad I still have a bottle of this left. It was £35 when Oddbins released it in 2007 and we snapped it up. A classic single cask whose only flaw may be the strength of the chocolate note, but if that's a problem for some it's not for me.
Chocolate sprinkled esspresso. The nose is massive and redolent of black forest gateaux with chocolate, coffee, cake and fruit jam notes. A little smoke creeps through, but there's little sign of the HP honey in the sherry bomb.
Mmmm, chocolate sherbet (no really!). The fruit notes are there, but its all about the choco-coffee. Possibly with water more complexity would be released, but I'm not going there. This is sensational.
So strong its drying, but its like having cocoa powder dusted on your tongue. There are tannins emerging later on but they are subdued by the sweetness.
- Nose: Rich and fragrant with notes of berry fruits, particularly strawberry jam, and hints of pomegranate. Some black pepper spice, a touch of cedar and a little wood smoke.
Palate: Fruity and thick, quite unusual for a Highland Park with more of those pomegranate notes, hints of aniseed, gingerbread and malt. Some salty butter and a touch of smoke.
Finish: Fruity, buttery and spicy finish.
- "Bottled at full natural strength from a single cask, this is an awesome
full-bodied, chewy, complex HP. A little cracker."