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Overall rating
94.20/100
votes
55
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Intertrade (It)
Bottling serie
Special Selection
Vintage
19.11.1955
Bottled
26.11.1985
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
216
Strength
53.2 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
18 Nov 2014 6:35 pm by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2541.00

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18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1955 It

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.20 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Just tried this against the 1972 24 year 55.4% cask 1637 The Bottlers.
    They are as good as each other on the nose but the palate on the TB wins out over this Intertrade bottle.
    This is still one of the better HP I have tried.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very refined old Highland Park.
    There is only one thing to do now and that is compare it to the best HP I have had the 1972 24 year cask 1637 The Bottlers WB ID 14986
    • Nose
      93 93
      I can only describe this as a really nice nose. Rich fudge, toffee, it is almost like some old cognac is in the mix?
      Rum & raisin ice cream, rich biscuit, hints of shoe polish.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Immediately there is a blast of peat and massive spice kick that almost burns your throat.
      There is also a very slight woody bitterness but there is also a little orange in the mix.
      It gains a lovely sweetness on the 2nd sip with hints of honeycomb with various exotic fruits coming to the fore.
      This actually tastes old.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Finish, long and quite sweet.

      With Water:-
      Nose
      Even better than neat, very refined .
      Palate
      Just about perfect but it has lost a little fruit.
      There is some fruit gums flavours mixing with the spice
      Finish.
      Not as long now, but very refined and remaining fruity until the end

  3. DannyDram scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Stunning, impressive and very independent.
    • Nose
      97 97
      Heather, mint, black tea, honey blossom, apricot, tropical fruits, something maritime and fine peat. High complexity and wonderfully balanced at high intensity
    • Taste
      97 97
      Spicy, citric, honey blossoms, apricots, integrated peat, fresh oak. A gentle fireworks display, subtle sweetness, very filigree, balanced, smooth and powerful
    • Finish
      96 96
      Spicy, beautiful oak wood, fine peat, honey sweetness. Very balanced, filigree and long, gentle finish

  4. prz22 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    100% ultimate Highland Park character.
    Fabolous experience.
    Still, 1 point behind 40yo OB version in my opinion.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Herbs, fruits, smoke, sea salt evolving and shapeshifting but always in perfect harmony.
    • Taste
      96 96
      punchy, peppery, herbal, oaky and sweet - like 30yo OB but so much better and more intense.
      Amazing experience.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, continuous above mentioned flavours integration with slightly more wood significance comparing to nose and palate.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Brilliant whisky, great fruitiness on the nose, the palate is so complex with hints of smoke and herbal notes, a great one!

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Moderator

    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Moderator

    The nose is brilliant - this is already worth the money. The rest doesn't stay behind at all. The best Highland Park I ever had - it's on the level of any of the top whiskys. Having said that I also agree that this one is really legendary!
    • Nose
      Very fresh and intensive tropical fruits, ripe bananas, pineapples, little citrus , oranges and also apricots. Good sweetness like honey. And agreed there is also nectar. Faint touch of peat and smoke - and salty.
    • Taste
      Punchy, peppery, oily, creamy, liquorice - then sweet and fruity like citrus fruits and again ripe tropical fruits. Now the oak notes come up strongly - this is the phase when some notes of bitterness come up but still in a great balance with the sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, burning and the oak notes make the finish.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Moderator

    Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge:
    Highland Park 30 yo 1955/1985 (53.2%, OB for Intertrade, 216 bottles)  Colour: straw. Nose: wow, it’s superb at first nosing! Lots of nectar, bunches of flowers from the fields, acacia honey, pollen… and also lots of coastal notes (sea air, sea water, oysters). What a fantastic balance! So complex and compact at the same time. Whiffs of peat mixed with very ripe plums, coffee cream, cappuccino, crystallised apricots… Just superb! It then gets smokier and smokier. If the palate matches the nose, this one should be an stunner. Let’s see…Mouth: yes, yes, yes! What a great attack! So clean, so pure, so ‘natural’! Creamy, spicy, smoky and perfectly fruity (there’s no point in listing all the fruits but I noticed longans), peppered apple pie, pear juice, high-end cider… This old Highland Park has everything, going any further would be maltporn, I’m afraid. 96 points (thanks, Luc)

  9. japanfan scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    A legend whisky. 96 WF points. Excellent

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