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Overall rating
90.97/100
votes
32
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
48.1 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
10 Aug 2012 10:46 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 539,73

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.97 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] These older bottlings of standard HP were all excellent, usually. So I expect a great dram...

    ...and it is, what else? This release is another proof of the great distillery profile HP owns and if they use good casks the results are always above-average. Unfortunately, in this respect HP acted rather unfortunately during the most recent whisky boom time under the new owners (an investment company) that go rather for the quick buck instead of quality. But this very fine dram was distilled way before that (around 1980) and you sniff and taste it from the very first sip: This is a great Traditional Scotch that is both very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable to sip. Forget about the newer batches of the 25-years-old and rather invest some more bucks in such an older release - it is worth the premium, I swear!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a rather strange old wooden note at the first sniff that turns quickly into the smell of the library room of an old Scottish Gentlemen's Club right after the gentlemen left it (old leather, old woods, furniture polish and cold cigar smoke). Not sure if this is to everybody's liking but once you have been in such a room in Scotland in person I guess everyone will like it (because of the great impressions you will experience there). After some breathing the fine HP honeys and fruits join in as do the sherry aromas (nuts, raisins, liquorice and more). It gets more waxy and resinous over time with shy herbal notes added. This nose started at an 85 score (immediately after serving the dram) and ended at astonishing 91 points after fifteen minutes of oxidation. So take your time with this fine dram...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is even richer with more powerful notes of peaty, honey, waxy, spicy and wooden flavours in a perfectly balanced mix. It is greatly chewable and offers additional flavours in several layers this way - actually, chewing is mandatory on this dram! Tasty chocolates (both dark and milk) and chestnuts pop up together with floral and grassy notes as well as toffee-marzipan. No flaw or imbalance, this is very enjoyable...
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with a minor drying moment of cold metals that I like. The finish is long and adds more spices and wooden notes. No distracting bitter or drying moments here, all is flawless (again). Water releases many additional aromas in the nose (among them an interesting fruity bubble gum-ish note) and flavours on the palate (more fruits and honeys) - so if you own a sweet tooth add some water. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced to about 43% abv.

  2. Wummy scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I tasted this bottling in comparison to the 1989 Highland Park GM (bottled 2018) and the 27 year old Highland Park SV (bottled 2018). Since everything happened in the Premier Leage, this great drop got 92 points from me, the other two bottlings I liked even better. Unusual is the almost complete absence of smoke. A great nose and really recommendable. Another tip: wait a bit until it can give off its full odor notes.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Extremely delicious! Far better than the HP 25yo 45.7% abv.

  4. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color - Deep Cherry Amber
    Tasted on 11/12/2011
    • Nose
      92 92
      Rich caramel and holiday rum egg nog, smokey oak and citrus notes also come through.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow...the spirit instantly coats your palate. You can taste the richness and complexity - rich butter, caramel, country Apple, black licorice and subtle, balanced Orkney smoke.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and supple. More black licorice, peppercorn spice, buttered popcorn, smoke and peat. The spice really lingers on the palate. No water folks!

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Perfume, floral and potpourri. Vanilla with rooty peat muscle and
    ginger sweet. Toasted barley and caramel. Big and deep but
    approachable.

    P- Medium to full body. Polish prickliness and
    frizzy interplay with tasty barley malt, perfected with a drift of
    spiciness from a fine oak. Clear cuts profile and a good honest dram.

    F- Velvet, warming and long. Burst of nutmeg, sweet vanilla and honey.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. lolo scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    very nice delicious bottle: p
    • Nose
      light smoke peat that fades to give way to red fruit, very pleasant nose that evolves quietly
    • Taste
      always this light peat discrete to evolve to notes of fruit and white chocolate very well do the alcohol is very well integrated a little slaughter as I like them
    • Finish
      a beautiful length that remains on the same notes as the mouth

  7. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "Highland Park 25 Year Old is an outstanding cask strength malt whisky imbued with richly satisfying qualities. Allowed to mature until it has reached an unqualified perfection. Add 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 smokey and goes on and on." - Distillery

     

    https://www.forwhiskylovers.com/store/whisky/highland-park-25-year-old-single-malt-750ml 

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