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Overall rating
90.75/100
votes
4
Whiskybase ID
WB28165
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Single Malts Direct (SMD)
Bottling serie
Whiskies of Scotland
Vintage
1968
Strength
40.1 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
18 Dec 2011 3:54 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2016.10

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1968 SMD

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.75 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/01/26/spirits-embassy-through-the-decades-duncan-taylor/

    No doubt, the majority of this tasting’s budget went towards this one. It’s not often I get to try whisky from the 1960s, let alone Highland Park. In fact, only once before: a 1968 Duncan Taylor single cask #5643 [WB92.60]. Fergus reminds us that Highland Park notoriously loses strength very quickly as it ages and tells us this is presented at natural cask strength. No mystery as to why they [Duncan Taylor] bottled this now.

    N: We’re not far from the 1970 Glenlivet on the nose, the fruits thoroughly stewed and cask-amalgamated – we are talking of [English country garden] orchard and tropical fruitiness – as well as a leather heathery honey light syrup & light hairspray note. We’ve plenty of dried fruits too, very consolidated vanilla, then almost dried sugary-sour berries. I’m guessing we’ve some sherry cask-action here, old school sherry casks, of course. Underside, we’ve some dirty mineral oily industrial undertones and a lively fungal note, and yet despite the ageing, we’ve clean spirit hanging on at 40.1%.

    T: Similar to the nose, and after a swift fruit punch arrival, it soft-fades with an apple & pear [and dry tropical stuff] fruity fungal chalkiness,…
    F: ,… into sour dry-fruit wood-creamy tobacco-ey dark toffee slightly sooty remnants and after-suggestions of many fellow distant relatives from the spirits tree – calvados, schnapps,,…  

    C: For some, no better [perhaps] than any other dram here tonight, yet it is special in ways that only the years can bring.

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