- 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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Blind tasting.
Starts very waxy,fruity, oily and some peat. Sherry notes like orange, sweet fruits and syrup.
Orange, grape fruits and strawberries. Spices like white pepper and some nutmeg. Later some citrus - lemon.
Chocolate, pepper and coffee.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Plum, pepper, beeswax, liquorice, toffee, pear, mocha, leather, rhubarb and peat ash. After a few minutes also apple.
Toffee, plum, honey, peat, chocolate, liquorice and pepper.
butter smoke drop fresh
butter smelled fresh hot sour