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Highland Park 1959

Overall rating
92.74/100
votes
29
Whiskybase ID
WB21729
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Green Dumpy Bottle
Vintage
1959
Bottled
1979
Stated Age
20 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Ferraretto import
Added on
01 Apr 2011 3:42 pm

Average value

€ 3990.00

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24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1959

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.74 points

  1. riekio scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I bought this bottle a few years ago and always am scared about bottle that have been in glass for as long as this one had been. OBE was there, but damn it was still a fantastic dram. This should be made into a perfume
    • Nose
      94 94
      Strawberries, jam, heather, honey, some fresh mint leaves, vanilla cream, so so lovely. Definitely one to nose for hours. Oranges. White chocolate. Its hard to say, but I thought this was one of the best noses i've ever smelled, thus the 98. Might need to readjust as I try more whisky, but will keep for now!
    • Taste
      92 92
      creamy, spicy, nice teak oil, some of the minty-ness comes in. Unfortunately there is OBE but it's not the worse i've experienced and doesn't detract from the overall experience. The berries come in, some strawberry. Palate moves into some peat notes, very mild.

      After a week open, OBE notes have faded significantly and more bitter espresso dark chocolate notes. A lot more medicinal and woody, which is fantastic
    • Finish
      92 92
      Woody, cinnamon, brine. Vanilla and honey on finish. Gets bitter, but then some sweet sherry undertones pop in. Pretty long finish, vanilla, mint

  2. Dram Dracula did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Highland Park 20 yo 1959/1979 (43%, OB, James Grant, Green dumpy, black label, 75cl)  Again, I adored the 21yo 1959, let’s see if this slightly younger version is on the same planet. Colour: amber, much darker than the 1958. Nose: there is, indeed, rather more sherry than in the 1958 (chocolate, ganache) but also some fab hints of olive oil and, most of all, litres of orange blossom water and tons of heather. Gets then more and more chocolaty, with also notes of glazed chestnuts (marrons glacés), precious leather (not a Hell’s Angel’s perfecto) and just hints of old wood, maybe thuja wood (slightly resinous). Outta this world. Mouth: well, this is more or less the same whisky as the 1958, only with an added and perfectly integrated layer of great sweet sherry. That is to say more chocolate and more prunes. Changes direction a bit in the middle, going for more medicinal notes, pine resin and, strangely after all these years, quite some orange squash. A tad unusual but rather magnificent. Finish: long, maybe a tad ‘dirtier’ than the 1958 but also jammier, with quite some salt in the aftertaste, but also les peat than in the 1958. Comments: maybe a wee bit less elegant than the 1958 but it has more oomph and drive and not the tiniest flaw in my opinion. Okay, one point higher. SGP:652 - 94 points.

    Source: Serge from WhiskyFun

  3. Malt Hans scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Fruity

    and spicy aroma, fresh orange juice, passion fruit, apricot, raspberry,

    pear, red apples, mint, oak, cloves, cinnamon, heather honey, roasted

    coffee beans and vanilla. Honey sweet and peaty taste, mint, oak,

    nutmeg, pepper, vanilla, malt and walnuts. Long, fruity, spicy and malty

    end.

  4. UchidaT scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    N: Extremely subtle. Smells of ripe fruit but is quite floral at the same time. Single-flower honey seems like a great way to describe it, but which flowers? At the far-back I can almost catch a glimpse of old peat.

    T: Creamy and salty. Floral, herbal, less fruit than expected. Hints of tobacco. I can't help picturing the wild Atlantic surf on rocky cliffs.

    F: Very dry. Light peat smoke and tobacco.

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