Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 3:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 449.31

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1988 CA

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.53 points

  1. SAND scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Dried fruits, dusty sherry cask notes, sweet barley juice, some honey. (92p)
    TASTE: Rich, concentrated, lots of old oak wood, slight sweetness, sweetened over brewed tea. (92p)
    FINISH: Liqorice, crushed pepper, lightly salted, slightly sweet. Long. (90p)
    OVERALL: Long ageing in a relatively active refill sherry cask? Very concentrated. Total score 92 (91) points.

  2. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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


  3. Toffie76 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I mentioned the fact that it is woody? Magnificent
    • Nose
      Charge! Super sherry, dry Woody, softwood, almonds, grapes, dried fruits, walnut oil, a touch of glue glue. It's a whisky that needs a lot of opening time. We find the notes of cocoa, leather, black tea too infused. Figs, dates. Spices with a little white pepper
    • Taste
      Explosive, monstrously dry, woody and complex. A beautiful woody bitterness accompanies all the development. We find all the elements spotted on the nose, and that's saying something. All well arranged. It's dense, covering
    • Finish
      Endless, in successive waves. The woody taste and its bitterness persists for very long minutes.

  4. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, gunpowder, marmalade, tobacco and cherry, some delicate smoke and sweet herbal liqueur (like someone has mixed amaretto and jagermeister). On the palate surprisingly soft and gentle, with an elegant buttery texture, delivering more forest fruits and prunes than on the nose, as well as classic sherry notes of mocha, leather and tobacco, and building towards a smokier finish where the herbal notes kick back in. A luxurious dram with an old fashioned elegance and presence.

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. JimmyLok scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    a very nice sherry, rich and fruity. a superb whisky form highland park.

  7. penumbra scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rich and sweet heavy Shirley, according to the distance of the cup, you can feel the layers of honey, toffee and coffee. Under the sweetness, it is a thick plum fruit. It is a bit like a Chinese New Year. The whole steamed jujube, fresh fruit is not as rich as its flavor, and the fruit is not moist. Then the flavors of chocolate, creamy sherry, honey walnut, dried cherries, and roasted nuts are intertwined. The thick fructose is somewhat obscured by the woody tonality brought about by 25 years of age. It is accompanied by extremely slight smoke, varnish, shoe polish and leather. It is not annoying, but a good balance of the smell of the whole, so that it does not become a viscous syrup.
    • Taste
      Compared with the smell of smell, the taste is added with the strong smoke and black pepper, and it is no longer a sweet taste. Start with a lighter sweet ginger, honey and heather. After the sweetness, there is a peppery spicy sensation on the tip of the tongue; followed by sherry, leather, espresso, smoked tobacco and a lot of heavy black fruit. Dry (plum, cherry, grape), as the sweetness declines, the taste similar to the smell of the drink looks slightly bitter and dry (you can see the difference between the smell and the taste, such as from cream Shirley to snow Li, from coffee to espresso, from honey walnuts to roasted walnuts; the oily scent is slightly more pronounced, similar to the taste of roasted walnuts, hazelnuts and tofu.
    • Finish
      For a long time, with a lot of nuts, there are some Mandheling, dried figs and tobacco.

  8. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An excellent dark, heavy, rich and tasty sherry Highland Park. Not for the faint-hearted and better enjoyed with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry nose. Big on tobacco and old leather. Dried fruits (plums, figs, raisins and dates), nuts, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a pinch of salt and a veil of smoke. Dark fruits (blackberries) in the background.
    • Taste
      Full body, oily, smoky and dry. Leather, spices and dark coffee are overwhelming the palate. Dried and dark fruits in the background. This is heavy and thick. Let's try some water.
      A few drops bring more smoke and leather on the nose. The palate is more balanced with a fruity sweetness and honey now mixed with the drier notes. Delicious.
    • Finish
      Long, spices from the oak, coffee and smoke. Lingering dark and red fruits sweetness.

  9. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color - Deep Amber
    Tasted on 10/19/2013
    • Nose
      90 90
      This one has a very distinct Sherry influence on the nose. Cutting through the Sherry, one picks up sea salt and campfire smoke.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Old, damp oak, thick Sherry and peppercorn spice followed by Apple pie, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup and a puff of smoke - this really resonates with me not unlike the Aberlour A'bunadh. Add some water to dial in the boldness.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A nice balance of smoke, pepper and Sherry on the finish. This is a big bold HP. The Sherry is the main player in this superb small batch cask strength offering from our friends on Orkney.

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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