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Overall rating
76.60/100
votes
7
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
The MacPhail's Collection
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2011 6:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 35.30

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 08-year-old GM

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.60 points

  1. euzlpz scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    I believe G&M made a fine selection, but I think it would have gone over better if they reserved it for further aging  (and not allowed it to become sulphured)...what a waste. Though I enjoyed, I can't recommend it, and wouldn't buy another due to the sulphur issues. $50+ is a bit too pricey, IMHO...even without the sulfur issues. At least they put an age statement on it.
    • Nose
      Unfortunately, this bottle was sulphured before arriving at my trusted shop (thanks G&M). Well, on with the notes: clover honey, heather, canteloupe, pineapple, starfruit, mild peat-- leaning towards the iodine spectrum. French chocolate mousse, old leather stirrups. Lovely notes...but there is an acrid harshness apart from the sulphur, and a little too much heat for the 43% abv. Wintergreen emerges over time. 
    • Taste
      (Entry) Heather plays queen, and is royally insistent on making an early show, tropical fruits try nudging their way on stage, but barely make it. 

      (Middle) Wintergreen develops over time, and rushes ahead of the chocolate-- (which eventually catches up) to achieve a decent harmony. Don't expect the wintergreen early, it takes two to three months after the bottle has been opened-- with regular visits (proportionate to finishing a bottle in about seventy-five days). The chocolate develops about a month before that. This is a gripey whisky...beautiful potential, but very particular; having a mind of its own.
    • Finish
      Finally the iodine dominant peat smoke; with a nice bit of sea salt, gently counterbalances the tropical fruits...a fairly attractive finish. The wintergreen meets up with the rest, as chocolate trails behind-- eventually catching up for a nice reunion. For the most part, the progression of flavours puts on an amiable show, but everything is noticeably out of phase-- the timing is off much like that of young performers in a kindergarten play. It's not Carnagie Hall, but I enjoyed the production.

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