Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Jun 2008 11:51 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 214.48

9 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1981 AD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.42 points

  1. André scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    great drink, in my opinion perhaps the best they had at the festival. Too bad the bottle is empty. Good, sometimes you have that with nice drinks.

  2. dr.mad scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this older HP at the 2nd Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam, November 2017.

    The nose and taste offer a soft subtle smoke with lots and lots of fruits. on the finish there is a peppery dry smoke ebbing softly away.

    was quite pleasantly surprised by this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Starts very waxy,fruity, oily and some peat. Sherry notes like orange, sweet fruits and syrup.
    • Taste
      Orange, grape fruits and strawberries. Spices like white pepper and some nutmeg. Later some citrus - lemon.
    • Finish
      Chocolate, pepper and coffee.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 247 bottles from cask no. 6088Difficult to tell from the deep amber colour of this whisky whether it comes from a sherry butt or a bourbon hogshead (actually, it’s the latter), and the nose gives little away. The first scent is reminiscent of sewing-machine oil (a light mineral aroma) with a whiff of smoke in the background, as if the sewing machine had been over-worked! Soon this changes to ‘flaking varnish’ – an old, clinker-built rowing boat in the sun – and later a scent of fudge, with dried heather roots and extinguished bonfire. The smoky element comes through well when tasted at natural strength. Water opens it up and makes it more floral (jasmine?), and the oil now has a heavier scent. The mouth-feel is big and oily; the taste sweet to start, with some acidity, drying pleasantly with a thread of smoke in the finish. A big, manly dram, and an excellent example of the make.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Campfire! Not overpowering though, very subtle. Minerals, wet rocks. A tiny bit of honey and even less peat smoke. The palate is peppery and bitter. Rubber and plums. Others found it balanced, I thought it was a bit rough and unpolished. Just shows you how different everyone’s taste is.

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Plum jam, leather, apricot, beeswax, liquorice, honey, rhubarb, milk chocolate, and peat smoke. Water makes it creamier and fruitier, the heavy liquorice note more or less disappears.
    • Taste
      Plum, pepper, beeswax, liquorice, toffee, pear, mocha, leather, rhubarb and peat ash. After a few minutes also apple.
    • Finish
      Toffee, plum, honey, peat, chocolate, liquorice and pepper.

  8. Superted scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Superted scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      butter smoke drop fresh
    • Taste
      butter smelled fresh hot sour


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