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Overall rating
80.79/100
votes
41
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
The MacPhail's Collection
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New black/brown label
Added on
31 Mar 2013 8:06 am

Average value

€ 42,28

2 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 08-year-old GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.79 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Administrator

    As one of Scotland’s oldest and most respected independent bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail represents a reliable source of quality Single Malts. The nose of this 8-year-old Highland Park is light and delicate with sour apricots, vanilla toffee and faint hints of smoke. Young, fresh and gingery in the arrival, the taste develops with honey sweetness, mango and traces of black pepper. Again, not much peat. A slightly dry and bitter aftertaste accompanies the clean but one-dimensional finish. I conclude that a few more years in the casks would have been very beneficial.

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. puusj scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose: sweet. Honey and fresh fruit. Taste: sweet (honey and fruit in the beginning) then a little more spice. Finish: sweetly sticks, rather dry

  3. Sherrybomber scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very nice, creamy sweet and slightly smoky dram. Only 8 years old,
    but already well balanced with delicate fruity flavours, an impressive
    sweetness and a hot spiciness as a perfect counterpart. Rich and intense
    for just only 40% abv. Very good indeed as a sweet, creamy, and
    delicate interpretation of Highland Park.

    I thank Whisky Mobil HV Jens Heiler for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776/
    • Nose
      The nose starts off with rich notes of honey, sweet malted barley,
      beeswax and leather. Flavours of cereals and orange zest emerge, nicely
      wrapped in gentle wood smoke, with a slightly maritime edge.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly sweet on the palate with ripe yellow fruit, mango in
      particular, and barley sugar, immediately followed by a short but
      intensive and warming spiciness of oak, cracked black pepper and a hint
      of cloves. A lovely honey sweetness arrives, intermingling nicely with
      creamy malty flavours and slightly bitter orange peel. This is all
      wrapped in delicate wood smoke with a soft touch of cloves in the back.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long with a delicate sweetness of malted barley.
      Pleasantly spicy with pepper, cloves and oak. Warming, with a whiff of
      wood smoke on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Water enhances the fruitiness on
      the nose with apples, apricots and mangos coming to the fore. Very
      sweet on the palate with lots of ripe yellow fruit, creamy barley sugar
      and a short kick of warming spices. The finish is medium long, warm and
      slightly drying with a soft fruity touch.

  5. ApricotOne scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Fairly simple HP, but
    certainly value for money.
    • Nose
      The nose is soft and
      clean on citrus, a bit of diesel, beeswax and some heather. Fairly sweet with
      more toffee than I am used to from HP. A little mango passes by, but apart from
      that nothing much is going on.
    • Taste
      The arrival is light,
      sweet (very much so) and mildly peppery. The fruit only expresses itself after
      a few seconds. Apart from the mango, I mostly get peach. Vanilla takes over
      from the toffee. The smokiness is nice, without becoming dominant. Again quite
      clean.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather
      short on more of the same.

  7. Holmstrom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Initially sweet and fruity with hints  of peach and mango.
    Traces of toasted malt and vanilla develop.
    The palate has rich mulled fruit flavours with a touch of smokiness and black pepper.

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