- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 25 years old
- 48.1 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Bottle code
- L1083F L11
- Added on
- 19 Aug 2007 5:58 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old
44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.95 points
- The former price 168.00 euros.
- An excellent release from HP. The packaging is a little flimsy for such a heavy bottle which might explain the hamster coffin of the 2012 version that uses the same bottle shape.
Tasted against the 2012 version (91pts) several times. I liked this one enough to buy a second bottle for the archive.
First impression is a gorgeous, not too loud oak note. The nose is just too rich. Some nuts & oils like Bunna. Some floweriness but the sherry sweetness stops me from calling it the HP heather. Heavier than the 2012 but not smokier.
Alcohol bites the tongue a bit when sipped neat. The taste has dark chocolate, cherry, bark, peat and moss with a bit of floral character. Some water helps to balance it out - something I find common to many HPs regardless of their ABV. A very good, even and full body.
Dill, along with pepper and peat.The finish is way more persistent here than in the 2012. Wood, yes, but also a slightly waxy texture, some nuttiness and a slowly changing taste that takes its sweet time to end. Definitely the superior one of the two editions when tasted head to head. Coats the teeth well, lots of particulates. Smooth.
- This is the result of an HP tasting yesterday:-
1st -highland-park-30-year-old 48.1%
2nd - highland-park-30-year-old 45.7%
3rd highland-park-25-year-old 48.1%
4th - highland-park-25-year-old 45.7%
5th - highland-park-18-year-old 43%
6th - highland-park-21-year-old 47.5%
The 30 year 48.1% is the best but there is little between the 25 year and 30 year offerings. The 18 year is good and better value than the 21 year.
- So beautiful! Just as good as the 30 YO.
Plum jam, apricot, honey, leather, rhubarb, toffee, lime, blue grape, mocha, vanilla and a whiff of peat. Very mature.
Plum jam, apricot, peat, cherry, mocha, toffee, honey, hazelnut and pepper.
Mocha, peat, chocolate, plum, honey, apricot, litchi, leather, hazelnut and rhubarb.
Starker Sherry mit dunkler Schokolade und Trockenf
Kräftiger Geschmack der zur Nase passt, wirklich ein Erlebnis. Nat
langes Finish, der Geschmack bleibt lange am Ende der Zunge hängen
white chocolate, sherry, honey fruits (melon, lemon), candy
honey, toffee, walnuts, nougat, woody, yellow fruits, salt
lemon, honey, a little floral. very long
- Whisky in perfection ... almost.
Herbal seasoning Sweet caramel candies and delicious sherry combine in harmony. A malt you don't want to swallow.
- ["Another brick in the wall" tasting session - n°17]
Even as far as we can be in this massive lineup, there is absolutely no doubt that this one is a star. The Strathisla would remain the king of this session though, but this one is just splendid. Sometimes, official bottlings can be boringly consensual and unexciting. But sometimes, on rarer occasions, official bottlings can also display the most amazing composition of what truly *makes* a distillery what it is, in a brief moment of "everything in its right place" feeling. This one definitely falls in the later category. Amazing dram. Glad I still got a sample to revisit it in some time. 91+/92-
Yep, amazing. After all the "very good but maybe not great" drams we just had, this one immediately shows some kind of effortless superiority. Leather, red acidic fruits, heather and other meadowy floral scents, cherries, pipe tobacco, shoe polish, chestnuts, venison juice, subtle integrated smoke. Bacon-wrapped chestnuts, yep. The kind of drams where words write themselves (after sixteen other drams, mind you). Magnificient sense of "composition", everything fits in.
Dry aromatic smoke, heather, tobacco, chestnuts again, café crème, dates, the smoke is really beautiful, there's a continuous theme of light, earthy, almost acrid smoke (burning heather ?). Superb again, though maybe not as diverse as the nose. But we're sixteen drams in, so my palate is wrecked anyway.
Cognac sauce for venison like my mother makes it, dates, just good old plain oak in the best sense possible, superb dry freshness all in all.
- Partial Shirley, but did not completely determine the direction of the wine, the acidity of some cheese was more dry.
Acetic acid, berries, black currant, blackthorn, aldol, cheese, frozen lemon peel, stuffed tofu, raisin peel.
Partially dry, slightly wood chips, yogurt, blueberry jam, residual tea, lipids.
Long, tofu, oily malt.