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Overall rating
91.53/100
votes
19
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
48.1 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
03 Jan 2012 7:31 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1256.29

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 30-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.53 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] Tonight I do a long-planned (and a little decadent) head-to-head tasting of two of the first 30-years old Highland Park releases - this edition from 2007 and the one released in 2005 (WB id 669)...

    ...and both are truly excellent drams from a time when all things were still fine on Orkney (meaning neither rushed nor designed nor greedy). Two perfect old style Traditional Scotch malts that clearly demonstrate the adorable distillate-profile of Highland Park (which in most modern releases is buried under heavy "designed" flavours like extreme woods or sulphured sherry). Absolutely recommended to all lovers of the traditional distillate-driven style of Scotch whisky...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour of both drams is identical at deep gold. The nose of the 2005 offers a very complex and delicate profile of toffee, chocolatey, fruity, leathery, smokey and some umami aromas without any off-note or imbalance. Very interesting stuff to sniff! The 2007 is a little less complex and shows a delicious honey and autumn floral profile with significantly more fruits (fresh, exotic and dried) than the 2005 but less sherry-induced aromas. This is very tasty and I could sniff such a profile for hours. The 2005 is more interesting to explore while the 2007 is (even) more enjoyable - so I go for a draw on this dimension.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The 2005's taste is truly multi-layered with more sweet fruits, honeys, chocolates, coffee, nuts, and and and. Simply adorable and great to chew, no flaw or imbalance here either. The taste of the 2007 shows again loads of different fruits of all kind beside honeys, chocolates, liquorice and a fair amount of spices (peppers, nutmeg, ginger and hints of cinnamon). Again no flaw or imbalance. Water releases some more aromas in both drams and turns their taste smoother and hence even more quaffable. I like them both neat and a little reduced. In the end I prefer the 2005 (a little) over the 2007 because it owns more layers and depth but this might be just my personal preference (others might see this the other way around).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The mouthfeel of the 2005 is warming and very creamy-coating with no distracting moments whatsoever. Its finish is long and more maritime with minor salty notes. No bitter or drying moments, again all flawless. The 2007 arrives a little punchier with some peppery moments on the palate and is nicely coating too. Its finish is even longer than the 2005's and adds some bitter-drying notes of tea and tobacco. Again I prefer the 2005 over the 2007 because of its greater complexity and more enjoyable mouthfeel. But hey, on that level it is all about personal preferences...

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Opened this bottle for a special occasion, and it did not disappoint.

    I was lucky to purchase two of these two years ago at a reasonable price of $480cnd each. My only regret is there wasn't more than just the two to purchase as they were long gone off store shelves. I would be willing to pay upwards of $900cnd if I had the opportunity to purchase more.

    This is a far better bottle than either the Glengoyne 25yo (which is over priced at $425cnd) and the Macallan 25yo which is at a stupid price for what it is today.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Rich thick overly-riped cooked fruits, hints of leather. Lots of rich intense marmalade.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Viscous honey oranges.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long leather with cooked fruits. Fabulous stuff!

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Also this bottling from 2007 is a true flavor trip (compared to the 2005er), but overall slightly different in the weighting of the flavors, which are considered typical Highland Park: chocolate, orange, fine smoke, sweet honey, herbs, a fine spice backdrop, absolutely consistent. A classic painting.
    • Nose
      Oranges, sap plums, blackberries, incredibly fruity, light honey, light sweet smoke, walnut, raisins, dates, lavender, oregano, not as intense as the 05er bottling, but also very very nice. Then pineapple chunks, freshly sliced, spices come up, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla, boiling plum puree on the stove, the floral notes become stronger, the lavender is joined by lilac ... some licorice is absorbed and thickens, dark Chocolate is becoming more and more intense, leather and old furniture as well as a slight coffee aroma ... then the smoke gets stronger and accompanies coffee, chocolate and fine spices
    • Taste
      Brilliant, powerful, tangy, the malt lies down oily on the tongue - wow! Dark chocolate backed by a hint of smoke, then spices, now balsamic and a cognac-heavy oxtail soup ... the impressions are fruity, the orange and prunes in raw amounts next to a truckload of liquid dark chocolate ... great! The honey is also present, always carrying the great aroma mixture and intensifying ... now blueberries appear and some black tea as well as oregano and thyme join it. Highland Park at its best.
    • Finish
      Laaang, intense, extremely chocolaty, orange and blackberry fruit, honey sweet, flowery, kräutrig, nutty, with the chocolate plays the first and last violin ... great!

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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    • Taste
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  5. MGHOW scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    The nose is pretty classic for a whisky this age and really doesn't reveal too much. Classic old leather Chesterfields infused with cigar smoke. It smells old...almost too old....but oh my...it really isn't...

    Initial taste! Wow, this is where you sit up and take notice. 30 years old yet full of fire and brimstone and vigour. Hits like an explosion of an old Talisker in the mouth. Boom. 

    Body, supple and vigorous, tasty and refined. It tingles and fizzes so beautifully yet is so easy to drink. What a great whisky!

    I picked this up in the Gulf for about half the price they go for. Now I know I need to buy more. Some of these old whiskies are still out there seeing the world. It's fun to try to hunt them and bring them home. 

    Finish is good, classic oaky dryness which makes Highland Park so deliciously moreish.

    I love the wooden box but I always worry that when I've drunk the stuff what on Earth do I do with the box? Maybe I'll use it to keep my pens in or something
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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