Highland Park 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection
Calculated age
33 years old
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Global Travel Retail
Added on
19 May 2011 6:05 pm

Average value

€ 1290.55

38 × in wishlist

106 × member ratings

256 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1978

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.81 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Fruitiness, sweetness and sherry wood are very well balanced, must have been matured in a really great sherry cask - excellent!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Very fruity, cooked fruits, oranges, jam, honey, also some dried fruits, figs and plums, spices, nutmeg, cloves, fine sherry wood, warm sea breeze - fantastic!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oily, waxy, creamy, sirupy, more candied fruits and jam, good sweetness, wet tobacco, toffee, finest sherry wood, molasses, hints of coffee and milk chocolate - superb!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Medium long, warm, fruity and sweet

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Class oldschool HP, very different from the old OA with less clear sherry, but what I like quite well, it comes through more "normal" HP character.
    • Nose
      Very aromatic, vintage style, lots of lavender, thyme, rosemary, oregano, brown sugar, herbal honey, hints of sea salt, damp heather meadow, cinnamon, pear, grapefruit and fresh coffee, old wood and old tobacco
    • Taste
      Herb honey, oregano, rosemary, lavender, thyme, green apple, old wood, cinnamon, tobacco, grapefruit, red apple, honeydew melon, more salt than in the nose, chalk, beautiful tannins, full malt and freshly toasted bread, burnt orange
    • Finish
      Long, full, astringent, tannins, malt, grapefruit and culinary herbs

  3. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Colour: pale amber. Nose: age shows here, as it starts all on old humidor, various pieces of wooden furniture (old wardrobe) and camphor and eucalyptus. Goes on with more liquorice and honeydew, a little tobacco and then plums and old-style fortified wine (some kind of very sweet Muscat in this case). I’m not too sure, but there could also be a little rosewood, and then more and more mint liqueur (Get, Crème de Menthe…) I like this nose a lot but this style isn’t always good news wrt the palate, it could be overoaky. Let’s see… Mouth: yeah, the oak’s loud here, as feared. Starts right on a feeling of strong black tea and liquorice wood, with the spices in the front while they should rather be in the background in my opinion. Bags of cloves, cinnamon, caraway seeds, mint liqueur again, old walnuts… Well, you get the drift. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very good whisky but you just have to like this style more than I do. Not an oak infusion but we aren’t far from that in my view. Finish: rather long but drying and quite bitter. Jaegermeister! Comments: the nose was quite superb but the palate was too oaky for this little taster. Still worth a pretty good mark in my book! SGP:372 - 80 points.

  4. Thibaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Long aftertaste good Burn just to expensive. Bought a sample and my opinion is to keep your money in your pocket. Their are much better whisky’s on the market for much lesser prices.

  5. Thibaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Long aftertaste good Burn just to expensive. Bought a sample and my opinion is to keep your money in your pocket. Their are much better whisky’s on the market for much lesser prices.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Compared this side-by-side with the HP 1973 global travel retail (first edition): This 1978 is sweeter, more fruity and more sherry matured while the 1973 is fresher, cleaner and more spicy - overall I ended up with the same high rating.

  7. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another nice HP vintage, sherry is very good on the taste.
    • Nose
      Spicy oak, antique leather, carpentry workshop, citruses and fruit basket.
    • Taste
      Powerful and oily. Big sherry, tannic oak, creamy peat, spices and fruits. Milk caramel.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, bittersweet.

  8. Hemdl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very beautiful Highland Park, even though I found the 30er a bit stronger in comparison. Price unfortunately now with just under 700 € per bottle completely far from good and evil. Highlight the nose, where I can hardly satirize. The taste and the finish I miss the last kick.
    • Nose
      As with the 30er standard bottling wonderfully creamy and aromatic. A thick carpet of aromas spreads through the glass and allows saliva to flow immediately. Ripe oranges and citrus notes, some old wood and old tobacco, and viscous honey. Nice "old school" notes and a wonderful nose. Sweet, fruity yet ripe and set.
    • Taste
      At the beginning a similar picture as in the nose. Creamy, fruity and sweet. After a short time followed by spicy oak, smoke I can not make out. Here, too, round and smooth, there bothers and scratch nothing, everything flows harmoniously into each other. The light citrus and orange notes, light sherry, the spicy HP character - fits!
    • Finish
      Long, strong and slightly astringent. The oak and long storage time set the benchmarks here, without drifting into bitterness. Strong spice, minimal smoky notes on the finish.

  9. Sonett scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cedar and Oak, Old leather, Honey, Cinnamon, 
    • Taste
      Sweet Vanilla, Oaky tannins, warm spices, sherried fruits
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm with a oaky bitter almond finale

  10. franpincoffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior


    The nose has notes of cedar, cinnamon, honey, melon, and lemon zest. The taste is oily, thick, and spicy with touches of toasted oak and ginger. The finish is long, rich, and spicy with an underlying honey sweetness. Excellent!


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