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Overall rating 171 votes 90.60
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
25 years old
Ex-Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
26 Jul 2013 3:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 449.31

Member rates

213 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings


Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 22


19 Notes

Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
07 Sep 2016 12:10 am
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
Initial taste
Expert Senior aphex Note
08 Jun 2016 11:02 pm
aphex gave this whisky 92 points

Nose : Sherry nose with smoke. Dried fruits (plums, raisins), roasted nuts, varnish, leather, maybe some coffee grains.Even more.Can't tell. Excellent.
Mouth : Full body, oily, smoky and dry. Leathery. Spices from the wood, coffee and raisins. Excellent again.
Finish :
Long, coffee and smoke.

A fantastic dark sherry HP. I love this kind of profile.

Expert Senior Superted Note
21 Dec 2015 1:28 pm
Superted gave this whisky 91 points

From Serge,

Highland Park 25 yo 1988/2013 (55.7%, Cadenhead, small batch, sherry butts, 1086 bottles) Five stars From the much talked-about new 'black' series by Mark Watt. Elegantly old school, squat bottle, black label and even this legendary very 'Cadenhead' mention: "matured in oak" (they ran out of cedarwood, I imagine). Even the round logo and the gold hint at HP's old official labels, but that wasn't done of purpose of course as the whole series has it. Colour: coffee. Nose: a big, phat, slightly flinty and smoky sherry at first nosing, with quite a lot of coffee to match the robe. It's almost as old-school as the packaging! Goes on with roasted chestnuts, pecan pie straight from the oven and maybe touches of bacon and big black raisins, say Corinthians. A timeless nose so far. With water: classic figs, raisins, dates and other dried fruits. Perfect. Mouth (neat): heavy, big, not pungent though, quite smoky again and rather perfectly leathery as well as slightly sappy/resinous. Also cloves and cumin plus black pepper, chestnut honey (big time! it's a very powerful honey if you don't know it) and then the very classic fruitcake and raisins notes. Big stuff indeed. With water: perfect again, there's even a nice grapey touch (and prunes) that makes you think of some good old armagnac. A lovely honey too as well as quite some caramelised peanuts - that part never stops growing. Finish: very long and it would remain clean and tidy. The coffee returns in the aftertaste, and so does the armagnac. Comments: wham! This could have been bottled for Silvano Samaroli, Eduardo Giaccone or Nadi Fiori thirty years ago. Honest. SGP:563 - 92 points.

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Expert Senior numen Tasting note
08 Jun 2014 11:07 pm
numen gave this whisky 93 points

Nuts, pounds of pecans, and varnished old leather straps fill out the first layer. Then tehre are a few notes of purple sherry - figs, dates, plums, a dash of salt, and familiar territory. Rather some of the Highland Park characteristics shining through: sweet heather mixed with some dense cherry liqueur and syrup, and, oh yes, coffee! A little digestif with a drop of sherry, and flakes of shaved, dried chocolate on the side. (with water) More clearly varnished and sweet. Purple and flowery candy shop. Almost cut jelly beans and cotton candy. A little coffee, though it's all far less distinct for any actual note.


Immediately this is thickly honeyed and with a sticky oil quality. Smoked. Gently. Hooray for HP! Very much on leather and varnish, turning quickly to much bigger espresso. Drier here, and back to candied pralines and pecans (more the latter), with just a hint of chocolate covered figs, grapes, and prune (also all chocolate covered). (with water) Honey and heather! Light smoke and topped off with creamy sherry, toasted cherry, and more purple. Thinner, and it still all turns to coffee, varnish, and a dry edge to the fruit.


Heavily and richly sherried, and the typical HP notes manage to show themselves. Actual off-sweet sherry with marginal fruit notes, leather, and coffee persist. Oak is just perfect, influencing and driving the flavors without being prominent.

Expert Senior Titi94 Note
19 Apr 2014 12:03 pm

Tasting Notes from Mark Watt (WM Cadenhead):

Big hit of sherry, soft wet smoke. lots of cherries and blackcurrants. Thick chewy whisky, lots of dark fruit, sherry notes but more creamy notes emerge along with soft smokiness. Balanced between the soft smoke and dark fruits but a creaminess lingers on after other flavours dilute. 
Connoisseur magic_slim Tasting note
01 Apr 2014 11:43 pm
magic_slim gave this whisky 91 points

Wow! Lovely fruity notes of plum in madeira chocolate at first nosing. Sweet cream sherry aroma, coffee, a whiff of smoke and a little bit of shoe polish in the background. After a while notes of figs are coming up. Superb.


Powerful mostly on sherry aromas. It is a concentrated full bodied but dry sherry with hints of resin, bark and old wood. Notes of leather and chewing tobacco with smoke in the background. Fruity as well (raisins), especially when you keep it in your mouth for 10 seconds or so.  


Very long, dominated by coffee and tobacco aromas. 


Recommended - definitely one of the best Highland Parks that was recently bottled.

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Expert Senior Toffie76 Tasting note
26 Feb 2014 9:27 pm
Toffie76 gave this whisky 93 points

Chargé! Super sherry, sec. Boisé, résineux, amandes , raisins, fruits secs, huile de noix, une touche de colle glue. C'est un whisky auquel il faut laisser beaucoup de temps d'ouverture. On retrouve les notes de cacao, de cuir, de thé noir trop infusé. Figues, dates. Des épices avec un peu de poivre blanc


Explosif, monstrueusement sec, boisé et complexe. Une belle amertume boisée accompagne tout le développement . On retrouve tous les éléments spottés au nez, et c'est pas peu dire. Le tout bien agencé. C'est dense, couvrant


Interminable, par vagues successives. Le goût boisé et son amertume persiste pendant de très longues minutes.


J'ai mentionné le fait qu'il est boisé?


Member Senior Rossi99 Note
01 Feb 2014 3:43 pm
Rossi99 gave this whisky 88 points

Honey, gunpowder, and a bit sulfur... It's a heavy sherry one..
I enjoy the honey notes but other than that is just way too heavy for me.

Something good in the palate is mouth coating silky and balanced sweetness,
but just don't like the sulfur in the aftertaste.

Expert Senior Dede Tasting note
01 Feb 2014 11:35 am
Dede gave this whisky 92 points
Brown sherry

Un superbe vieux sherry sec, plein de tabac, de cuir, de bouillon de viande, d'espresso ristretto, des raisins secs, mais pas à outrance comme dans certains sherry casks, de la fumée de charbon, de la noisette grillée. Quelque chose d'une vieille prune aussi, ainsi qu'un soupçon de soufre. Complexe, et surtout très riche, plein.


La texture très grasse tapisse agréablement le palais. La puissance est idéale, soutenant les arômes sans les effacer. On a ici un malt présentant une très belle amertume tannique, parfaitement maîtrisée et sans aucune astringence. Beaucoup de café bien serré, des raisins secs, un peu plus de soufre qu'au nez (caoutchouc), et toujours ces notes de vieille prune et de fumée de charbon. Excellent.


Longue, soufrée (caoutchouc encore), subtilement fumée et marquée par les raisins secs et l'amertume du miel de châtaignier.


Un très beau sherry cask, très puissant et rentre-dedans. Il est encore un peu « harsh », manquant peut-être de la finesse et de l'élégance caractérisant les vieux speysiders vieilli en fût de sherry, mais je suis à prêt à parier que quelques années de bouteille lui apporteront cette dimension supplémentaire.

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Expert Junior art-bett Note
27 Jan 2014 9:09 pm
art-bett gave this whisky 91 points

FARBE: Kommt Cola schon ganz nah.....

NASE: alte Weinbrandbohnen, leicht stechend, Mon Cheri, Kommodenlack, Lederfett, Sherry.

GESCHMACK: Süssholz, Erinnerung an Campino Fruchtbonbons ( die ganz Dunklen), trockener holziger Sherry, Weinbrandbohnen kommen
wieder durch, leichte Salzigkeit.

ABGANG: mittellang mit schöner Sherrysüsse und Hauch von OBF.

FAZIT: Schönes Sherrybrett, welches man auch auf 35 oder 40 Jahre schätzen könnte.
Hätte niemals auf einen HP getippt.



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