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Highland Park 25-year-old

Overall rating
90.91/100
votes
596
Whiskybase ID
WB316
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
48.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L1083F L11
Barcode
5010314067106
Added on
19 aug 2007 5:58 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 929.79

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.91 points

  1. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    The former price 168.00 euros.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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. 
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Wet earth, lemon thyme, distant garden fire. Then baked apple, dried orange slices, apricot tart. Honey, some beeswax and white pepper. Rotten wood planks.
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, spicy. Orange marmalade on toast. Honey, apricots, raisins, almonds. Dark chocolate. Candle wax. A hint of peach. Some caramel and toasted walnuts. Darjeeling tea and a touch of charred oak. Long.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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.

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ["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-
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  6. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Amber colour
    Nose: Broom and heather, oak, fruits, sweetness and defenitly strong sherrry, a hint of smoke
    Mouth: Smooth, elegant
    Taste: Again heather, sweetnes, cookies, dark chocolate, oak and fruits, sherry, maltiness all very balanced
    Palate Very long, warm, with sherry, oak and sweetness

    My most favorite whisky! Strong, balanced, complex!

  7. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The smell is complex and pleasant and invites you to try it immediately. In the mouth he keeps his promise with complex impressions and a gentle interplay of harsh and sweet notes. The finish can not quite keep up with the nose and mouth, but fits in harmoniously. A very nice whisky that plays rather quiet tones, no note is loud and intrusive, but whoever listens well will be rewarded. A whisky that never gets boring.
    • Nose
      Sweet cherries, sour orange, a little sage, vanilla, lively, in the background a slightly fermented note like overripe pear, smoke ?, I think I may also, if, then very weak, a trace of sulfur, behind everything is a discreet but present Sherrynote, the temptation to try right away is very big
    • Taste
      Soft onset, soft body, a soft tingling on the tongue, sweet, caramel, orange, less sour than in the nose and again a trace of sulfur, but that suits him well, after a moment come to tenderly bitter herbal notes, rosemary, this impression becomes clearer in the second sip, the sweetness steps back and makes room for the oak.
    • Finish
      Now age strikes in the form of bitter wood notes, hops, among which mixes the distant impression of high-percentage chocolate and alcohol-laden cherries, liquorice, long

  8. mothers_finest scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Pure elegance in the nose. Sweet sherry, absolutely no stinging - a bit of caramel, butter, raisins, a touch of vanilla and nougat. Delicious on the palate, thick sherry, chocolate - at least 80% cocoa - ripe citrus fruits, brown sugar ... reminds a bit of an old, ripe rum. Very elegant on the palate - absolutely no burning - nothing - zero point zero - the thing works down like butter, nutella, nuts, raisins, .... very nice ... The finish is medium in length, very balanced, no burning - somehow reminds me of hazelnut schnapps ..? Sweet stop. On the cheeks thick syrup, sweet sherry, chocolate, raisins, vanilla ice cream ... Overall, very consistent. Absolutely top in terms of balance. The 25 years barrel have done a great job here. The HP25 comes sweet and in perfectly coordinated Sherry influence, therefore, without the whole mutated to oak cargo! That's what an old well-balanced whisky should taste like. Well - the price of course pushes the mood - but I personally bought this baby for 160 € - and that in 2011 ... For 500 € you have to know if you have to have this good whisky ... He is very good! PLV everyone has to decide for themselves ...!? I have rarely experienced such a harmonious and elegant dram ... Really great!

  9. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a monster of a whisky is this! I am very impressed. This is a whisky that will keep you busy for a few hours and you will continue to surprise yourself with beautiful harmonious, powerful and complex aromas. The peat smoke is subtle but clearly present and adds a lot to the complexity. Man what a dram!
    But unfortunately very priced. The price-quality ratio is here completely searched. It is no longer worth buying IMHO
    • Nose
      A very rich, deep, full and complex whisky with tones of wood, toffee, honey, chocolate, sherry, cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, bridal sugar, freshly baked puff pastry, soft chocolate and a hint of floral notes. There is so much going on that it is difficult to describe everything properly, fantastic!
    • Taste
      Overwhelming, rich, mouth-filling and complex whisky with notes of stewed fruits, vanilla, sherry, plums, apricots, honey, maple syrup, nuts, toffee, wax, spices, beeswax, pepper, powerful wood (without the bitterness of tannin), spices , cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of smoke, chocolate, heather flowers, salt and citrus.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is long, soft smoky, slightly drying and surprisingly sweet. There are beautiful aromas of oak, vanilla and dried fruits.

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    So beautiful! Just as good as the 30 YO.
    • Nose
      Plum jam, apricot, honey, leather, rhubarb, toffee, lime, blue grape, mocha, vanilla and a whiff of peat. Very mature.
    • Taste
      Plum jam, apricot, peat, cherry, mocha, toffee, honey, hazelnut and pepper.
    • Finish
      Mocha, peat, chocolate, plum, honey, apricot, litchi, leather, hazelnut and rhubarb.

  11. legionofflames scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    F
    • Nose
      Starker Sherry mit dunkler Schokolade und Trockenf
    • Taste
      Kräftiger Geschmack der zur Nase passt, wirklich ein Erlebnis. Nat
    • Finish
      langes Finish, der Geschmack bleibt lange am Ende der Zunge hängen

  12. tomy63 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Superb!
    • Nose
      white chocolate, sherry, honey fruits (melon, lemon), candy
    • Taste
      honey, toffee, walnuts, nougat, woody, yellow fruits, salt
    • Finish
      lemon, honey, a little floral. very long

  13. olegborgol scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and rich nose. Fruit-honey, chocolate-nut, leather and a little smoke on the background. Sweet and sherry, pepper, spices, honey, chocolate brownie, fruit in syrup, velvet, long, luxurious finish. Major League. 24-23-23-23
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  14. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oak, sherry, and light peat. A deadly combination. Very viscous and mouth coating for its age. The flavors are bold and yet elegant:
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nice peat for 25yrs, sweet raisin strawberry sherry, caramel, vanilla, wood polish
    • Taste
      92 92
      Here the peat is mild and perfectly integrated with the sherry, oak presents a nice balance to the sweetness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Oak, but still nice and sweet, the peat has a burnt rubber taste now with strawberry licorice, a little dry

  16. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    taste--------------------90
    End rhyme--------------------90

  17. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Malan scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    World class whisky, velvety, strong, smoky - for those special moments

  19. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The aroma is a reference sherry extract, a holiday for receptors. Consistent, balanced to the smallest detail on the supersensitive scales of whisky.
    • Nose
      Frankly sherry, fondant, sour berries, oak, a box of valuable wood, dried herbs, tincture of roots and herbs, plums, stains, unripe strawberries, bize, juniper, lacquer salinity, condensed milk, viscous milk caramel.
    • Taste
      Varnish, juicy fruit, pepper, oak, sherry, tincture of roots and herbs (cough syrup).
    • Finish
      Oak, lacquer, sherry, long, warming, dry grass.

  20. Imp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Nose: much more mellow and elegant, sweeter and less intense than Earl Haakon nose (were tasted together). Apples stewed in honey. Vanilla. Grapes. Sea. Chocolate. Oak. Just gorgeous. Everything is wonderfully integrated, the nose is changing while you smell it, later on some smoked pear and fruit firewood appear. It's closer to standard HP line-up if we can say so.

    Taste: not so wild as in Haakon, but we have more salt and pepper here. Distinct oak.

    Finish: eternally long, vibrant, peppery, spicy and dry. Some chocolate also. Let me quote Gerry Tosh: "... make a sip, the front of your tongue should go on fire. Then your lips might tingle. You might even lose feeling in your fingers and toes :) don't worry, bear with it, fight with it, when this tingling sensation begins to subside your mough will dry and will stay dry for a very long time... and after a good minute your mouth will naturally recover getting moisture back"

    Overall: body in HP 25 is less dense than in Haakon, but nose and aftertaste beat the viking. I don't know if that means anything, but during tasting I poured Haakon only once and HP 25 was poured 3 times. Very seducing and dangerously drinkable whisky, you should settle some personal limits when taking this bottle out of shelf!

    Score: 24 22.5 24 23.5, 94/100!

  21. Koreamos scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  22. saothangbay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good high standard. Only works a little softened and occasionally the alcohol is not very well integrated.
    • Nose
      90 90
      finest sherry with a little caramel and a hint of smoke, prunes and figs, bread crust, vanilla, old oak wood with velvety spice, oily balsamic vinegar, hazelnuts, dried apricots and also oranges, juicy apples, hints of salt and anchovies, a little lime, tobacco, Dark chocolate, honey, melon, cedar, date
    • Taste
      88 88
      heavy and oily, the barrel wood brings tingling, velvety noble spices, tart orange, slightly dry oak with vanilla and a touch of earthy caramel, almonds, some roasted aromas with ash and salt, heather, apricot, tobacco, leathery and earthy with a little smoked Malt, cherry and raisin, honey and a pinch of pepper and cardamom
    • Finish
      87 87
      earthy and dry, sherry and caramel, tart orange and multi-layered oak, blanched almonds, velvety spice with cinnamon and clove, cocoa powder, honey, hints of smoked malt, heather and dill, apricot and prune, leather, slightly oily towards the end

  24. sonardicky scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    I prefer the 18 year.

  25. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  26. saitaniumetaro did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Absolutely beautiful

  27. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Oh, nice whisky!Highland Park pleased once again.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The sweet jam. Warm lacquer taste. A crust of rye bread.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, with a hint of rye bread.
    • Finish
      87 87
      sweet with a little bitterness on the tip of the tongue.

  28. Dris scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  29. sarthur71 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose
    Old things, light peat, leather, grilled meat, weak vanilla, old furniture, spices.
    Taste
    Saturated, sweet with a bitter continuation. Leather, peat, truffle, wormwood, peat again.
    Aftertaste
    Long, sweet. Spices and leather, medicinal herbs, light peat, nutmeg, smoked meats, gunpowder.
    Balance
    Old and full-bodied malt!
    Legendary release !!!

  31. Vallado scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. Mankut scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Whisky in perfection ... almost.
    Herbal seasoning Sweet caramel candies and delicious sherry combine in harmony. A malt you don't want to swallow.

  34. penumbra scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Partial Shirley, but did not completely determine the direction of the wine, the acidity of some cheese was more dry.
    • Nose
      Acetic acid, berries, black currant, blackthorn, aldol, cheese, frozen lemon peel, stuffed tofu, raisin peel.
    • Taste
      Partially dry, slightly wood chips, yogurt, blueberry jam, residual tea, lipids.
    • Finish
      Long, tofu, oily malt.

  35. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    A hint of aromatic smoke, fruity, a hint of the exotic, fresh and dried fruits, sweetish, some vanilla and oak

    Taste:
    Sweetish-spicy with a little smoke, oak and slightly fruity. (with a little water: fruity, softer and sweeter)

    Departure:
    Soft and very balanced, sweetish-tart with light oak notes, not bitter, delicately smoky on a medium-long finish.

    Conclusion: very pleasing, dangerously tasty but also very expensive, not quite able to withstand high expectations at the price ...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. IIIZIII scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      A slight hint of peat. Very fruity and luscious peat. toffee, white chocolate and milk chocolate, fresh fruits, strong fudge in the background. Sligthly minty and cold as opens up it is getting more buttery and biscuity. Caramellized grapes, mellow toffee
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very dry and luscious. Lots of sherry influence, and a tad bit stronger peat than on the nose. No alcohol bite whatsoever. Dark fruits/raisins, mellow peat
    • Finish
      92 92

  37. Sandman23 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  38. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice dram, maybe a bit too sweet. I would have expected something more from such an old age OB bottling of this extraordinary distillery
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh wind and scots pine
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and caramelized. Intense Marsala wine
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, predominant sherry

  39. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another excellent Highland Park I think this earlier version is a little better than the later 45.7%
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  40. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This feels like its over 50% to me, great stuff.
    • Nose
      This one smells more woody and older than the later 45.7% version.

      Peat, sherry, caramel, something farmy, earthy, that sort of thing.

      Cola cube sweets, dark fruits and jams with a little date thrown in.
    • Taste
      This is livelier than the 45.7% version, rougher I suppose but just as good.

      There is plenty of peat mixing in with the jammy sherry and also a few oxo notes.

      After a while there is some blueberry appears mixed in with a little black cherry.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet with a nice fizz to it.

  41. whiskycuse scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/highland-park-25-yo-481vol-ob-ca-2008/

  42. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  43. Imp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Head to head comparison with HP 30 yo 48.1% - http://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2016/11/highland-park-25-yo-481-vs-highland.html 

  44. squaadgras scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    very good, a little worse than the old versions
    • Nose
      A nice sherry, slightly smoked
    • Taste
      concentrated, earthy
    • Finish
      long

  46. autowatch092 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark amber
    Nose: Raisins, prunes and fudge join the trademark Highland Park honey, a faint whiff of smoke and hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
    Palate: Mixed dried fruit, rum soaked honey sponge cake, toasted bread, cinnamon and hints of cardamom.
    Finish: Very long, fruitily sweet and mildly spicy as well as minimally smoky.
    Overall: The 18 year old is already a masterpiece, but this is yet a little better. Lots and lots of aromas to contemplate about, but the price difference is significant.

    http://www.dramming.com/2011/08/14/highland-park-25-yo/

  47. Ciro scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      96 96

  48. Slick scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If it wasn't for that peppery thing on the taste as well as the gentle peaty notes, this wouldn't have been that famous as a 25yo bottling at all.

  49. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  50. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft peat, oaky, honey, menthol, nutty, grassy
    • Taste
      Toffee, peat, spicy, peppery
    • Finish
      Long, warm, spicy, oaky

  51. numen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    gift sample from a friend
    • Nose
      I love these things - nothing coy about it. Vanilla, honey, and an
      obvious, not overwhelming, dose of wood. Some clean peat&smoke
      combo, and flowers. This has all the hallmarks of a HP. Fruit hangs out
      in some of the layers as well: peaches, pears, apples in nougat. Pinch
      of salt. Honey-caramel. Rich and delicious. Maybe even a little menthol.
      Lots of fine sherry comes out with time, along with fresh nuts (as odd
      as that sounds, nuts can be freshly picked, right?) Great stuff.
      Definitely worth the wait.
    • Taste
      Thick and punchy, the way we like these sort of honeyed whiskies so they
      don't all turn out to be the same. If honey were magically alcohol,
      this could be it. It does have a heavy dose of wood riding throughout,
      but it carries vanilla and smoky peat with it. A little chocolate-coffee
      cake, spiced, and with a few burned corners, but still buttery moist in
      the far backdrop. The sherry fruits are a bit lighter here than the
      nose, but it's a very gentle mixture of them all.
    • Finish
      Lots of all the same, and a hint of the smokiness remains. Honey,
      vanilla, salt, sherried fruit, coffee liqueur, malt chocolate. Minutes
      later, I even got a hint of shellfish, very nice all the way. The oak
      was a little loud for me on the palate, even as it kept the whole from
      being too sweet. It's thick, rich, flavorful, and very well made with
      the usual mix of HP goodness. It's just delicious.

  52. Wild Thing scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very diverse and complex aroma. Strong sherry and a lot of sweet caramel with vanilla, chocolate and honey. Above all lies fine smoke.
    • Taste
      A blast!!! Plenty of seasoning, caramel, nuts and chocolate dipped in honey. Slightly dry and slightly smoky.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and slightly smoky. Finally, some oak.

  53. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Super nose. Mouth a little too unbalanced by the wood (but it's really the only fault that I can find this whisky).
    • Nose
      Sherry quite discreet: hazelnut, rancio, some dried fruits. Vanilla sugar too. After aeration, notes of cherries in the brandy appear, but it is especially milk chocolate that dominates as well as almond paste, leather, and praline.
    • Taste
      Much more powerful than the nose. A lot of wood that brings a bit of bitterness, to cook it too, which is very present. Spices also (especially cardamom)
    • Finish
      Very long without being very powerful. Praline and smoke.

  54. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Transferring previous Note (2012.01.02) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      sandy wood, grapes (sweet & sour, red & green), leather, dusty
      chocolate, wood-smoke/-ash, autmn leaves, mocca, antique shop. (87)
    • Taste
      somewhat waxy in texture & taste, wood polish, slight sherry, salt
      & pepper, siddenly feels surprisingly high alc just when swallowing.
      (89)
    • Finish
      fades
      out gently, sherry, warmth, pleasant woodyness, some distant smoke &
      maybe even some gunpowder in the end with some black berries &
      woody dryness. (91)

  55. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A dram that is enjoyed with delight from beginning to end. It's good, it's sweet, complex, very subtle and very fine. A delight. But unfortunately much too expensive for a whisky of this age.
    • Nose
      An incredible sweetness. Cooked cherries, kirsch chocolate, plenty of red fruit, a little dry wood, a light film of peat iodine. Very fine, very subtle. After aeration, spring spray emerges.
    • Taste
      In the direct continuity of the nose. A lot of sweetness, lots of red fruits and candied fruits. Dry wood, a pinch of white pepper.
    • Finish
      A little pepper smoke caresses the palate. A red fruit coulis flows slowly down the throat. Slight drying of the tongue. We would like it not to stop.

  56. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose was quite closed and one-dimensional when initially poured, but 5 minutes in the glass and a bit of hand warming allowed it to open up beautifully. Plenty of fruity notes mixing with honey, oak and a faint whiff of smoke giving a lot of complexity. The addition of water pushed the smoke into the background and accentuated the richly fruity aspects of the nose. Hot and peppery on the palate without water (not something I would usually associate with such an old malt). The addition of water softened it nicely, revealing a dry-ish profile of pepper and peat. Not as complex as the nose promised. Long, spicy finish, but not too much peat smoke. Great nose but lacking a bit of finesse and balance on the palate. 
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  57. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Notes of soft peat and wood with oaked tannins. There is a thick honey in
    presence with notes of menthol, walnut and a herbal quality: fennel and grass.
    The palate is quite full with toffee and supple peat. A touch of winter spice
    develops with notes of oaky tannins to chew. The finish is warm and fiery with
    notes of spicy oak.

  58. D3US scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Most hp expressions are, in general, quite easy to drink. Not as much as a regular Speyside for instance, but still quite accessible for an Island malt. This is a different story altogether. Much heftier, stronger in aromas, more 'adult' than most. Don't take this one lightly and don't drink it if you're new to whisky. Not yet, anyways. Because when you're ready for it, you're in for a treat. 
    • Nose
      Prickly spices at first, quite strong on the nose. Some sweetness in the background, but not much at first. After a while much sweeter; honey sweetness, caramel and even a hint of mint (after eight chocolate) or almond paste. Drying spices and a light coffee note. All in all not a very sweet, friendly nose, but strong and powerful and full of flavor. Hardly any smoke noticeable at this point.
    • Taste
      Spices and a bitter note of orange peel are the first things I get. This is not a sweet monster at all, but there's much more going on. Caramel still, and bitter chocolate. A hint of coffee again, drying sherry and a puff of smoke now as well. Quite some oak, and heather honey sweetness. 
    • Finish
      Long. The bitter edge stays, which makes the risk of an overly sweet malt non existent. Bitter chocolate and spices still, oak seems even more obvious now, and that citrus/orange skin bitterness is also still there. Only at the end the trademark heather honey smokiness comes out, so it's unmistakably Highland Park.

  59. Drochaid scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes

    Appearance:Natural colour; dark red golden, clear and brightNose:Very rich, mature oak; chocolate; fudgePalate:Full, rich burst of flavour; soft honey; nutty toffeeFinish:Rich, long and surprisingly sweet for its ageAdd a drop of water to Highland Park 25 Year Old and enjoy an

    immense vanilla sensation with the characteristic honey sweetness

    developing into complex aromas of white chocolate, cinnamon, nuts and

    dark fruit. The finish is at once intensely sweet and gently smoky and

    goes on and on.

    http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/the-tasting-room/core-expressions/25-year-old

  60. saintjimmy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First of hints of almond paste. Followed by in cinnamon and port stewed pears. Followed by mocca and bonbons.
    • Taste
      No real smoky notes coming through. Lovely syrupy texture. Notes of nougat and orange marmalade. Followed by allspice and clove.
    • Finish
      elegant wood. Very long finish

  61. tamriel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    this is what i expect from a good original bottling: a complex and smooth whisky without any odds. 
    • Nose
      wood- and sherry flavours. Hazelnuts, some sweet/oriental spicery, and honey. above all is a light peaty smoke.
    • Taste
      again: wood, sherry and nuts, more dry than sweet. very smooth and enjoyable.
    • Finish
      long and powerful.

  62. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Highland Park 25yo is a terrifically complex, rich, woody, sherried

    dram. It seems as if this release will be the last at cask strength as

    the company is running low on stocks.

    Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Best 22-27 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky of the Year (multiple casks)

  63. hsmithjr scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bold statement here.....after several comparisons over the years, I still enjoy the 18 much more.  C'est la vie!
    • Nose
      Oak.  White chocolate fudge. Rich honeycomb and honey. Green walnuts.  Heather.  The oak comes back.
    • Taste
      Full bodied.  Velvety.  Honey and oak dance on the tongue. Hints of peat. Nutella on wheat crackers.
    • Finish
      Long and warm.  Oaky, with touches of floral honey.

  64. christophe_carles scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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