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Overall rating
90.61/100
votes
197
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1988
Bottled
07.2013
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
1086
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
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

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.61 points

  1. 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.

  2. JimmyLok scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

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

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. numen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  8. magic_slim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Recommended - definitely one of the best Highland Parks that was recently bottled.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.  
    • Finish
      Very long, dominated by coffee and tobacco aromas. 

  9. Rossi99 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    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.

  10. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful cask sherry, very powerful and fit inside. It is still a little "harsh", perhaps lacking the finesse and elegance characterizing the old speysiders aged sherry cask, but I'm willing to bet that a few years of bottle will bring him this extra dimension.
    • Nose
      A superb old dry sherry, full of tobacco, leather, meat broth, espresso ristretto, raisins, but not to excess as in some sherry casks, charcoal smoke, grilled hazelnut. Something of an old plum too, as well as a hint of sulfur. Complex, and above all very rich, full.
    • Taste
      The very fat texture pleasantly carpets the palate. The power is ideal, supporting the aromas without erasing them. Here we have a malt with a very beautiful tannic bitterness, perfectly controlled and without any astringency. Lots of tight coffee, raisins, a little more sulfur than nose (rubber), and still those notes of old plum and coal smoke. Excellent.
    • Finish
      Long, sulfur (rubber still), subtly smoked and marked by raisins and bitterness of chestnut honey.

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