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