- Single Malt
- Cadenhead (CA)
- Bottling serie
- Authentic Collection
- Stated Age
- 28 years old
- Bourbon Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 48.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 02 Nov 2013 8:23 pm
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28 × member ratings
24 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1985 CA
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.73 points
- This Whisky was sold for 184 € at Whiskyauction in July 2015
- My review can be found here:
- The first nose rejected me, but its evolution quickly seduced me. The mouth is superb despite a very slight lack of power. Very nice malt that takes time and a little attention to engage fully. A malt to drink alone, or at the beginning of the set. I almost missed. A little more expressiveness and power would have taken him to 90.
Powerful. We are first of all in the presence of a fruity / milk well present (pear yogurts) accompanied by smoked barley malt and some more vegetal notes (heather). Good news, these milky flavors vanish quickly enough to give way to yellow fruits mixed with sweet citrus while waxy and vanilla notes settle in the background. It is also mineral at aeration.
The attack lacks a bit of pep, but the environment is very beautiful, mixing the sweetness of yellow fruits and wax, the acidity of citrus (lime lime), and a vegetal freshness that balance (heather?). The whole remains rather dry, no vanilla / sweet bomb here and that's good. We find a slight bitterness of Tonic at the end of the mouth. Alcohol is very well integrated, almost too much, a little extra power might have allowed to gain in expressiveness.
Medium length, on grapefruit, Tonic, nice bitter / acid combo.
- Very good HP, in a rather austere style but with a lot of class.
a hint of smoke, cereals, cut grass (heather?), a little fruit especially after a few minutes in the glass (citrus fruits and yellow fruits, lemon and apricot especially), a little wax, a mineral side.
a bit austere, it's quite old, quite close to the HP 1981 TWA "funghi" but this one is less fruity. We are far from young HP, no honey here. More wax, fruit (lemon, peach, apricot), cut grass. Pretty powerful, well integrated alcohol. Slightly thick texture.
good length, tart.
- Stunning nose, with the trademark characteristics of the distillery stamped all over it: creamy honey, heather and soft peat smoke. Alongside these are hints of coffee beans, cadbury`s fruit & nut, vanilla custard, old leather and tinned peaches, all perfectly rounded off by beautifully-integrated aged oak. A couple of drops of water certainly didn`t hurt, releasing extra details without changing the overall profile too much. Creamy on the palate, with plenty of warming peat smoke and a wonderful peppery/lavender aspect leading to a long-lasting finish. Yet another cracking HP from Cadenhead in 2013, but very different to the previous 25yo heavily-sherried version!