Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
24 years old
Sherry Butt
58.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Park Avenue Liquors
Added on
22 Feb 2015 6:37 pm by rdavek
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 189.00

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1980

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.50 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An excellent HP that makes me wish I was a whisky drinker back in the days because this shop is in my hood! It reminds me a bit of a slightly less refined, more wild version of Bunnahabhain Auld Acquaintance or some 1972 Glendronachs. Most likely an oloroso cask.
    • Nose
      A rather strong alcoholic sting -- dry sherry, intense, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      Very balanced for 58%, probably doesn't need water, dried fruits, same dark chocolate, beautiful sweet red wine that would be not suitable for drinking by itself since I'm not a sweet red wine drinker but in this HP, it mixes in harmoniously. Adding a few drops of water at the end is probably not necessary, even though it does not really detract from its flavors but does improve its mouthfeel. 
    • Finish
      Superb. Balanced. I was expecting it to be really dry but it's not. Long, inviting, makes you want to take another sip right away. 

  2. rdavek scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin of Whisky Fun writes:

    Colour: gold – amber. Nose: wow, it’s extremely coffeeish, with also some very bold notes of marzipan and cocoa. An impressive sherry, with quite some smoky and waxy notes, getting then very, very ‘balsamic’. And what a beautiful dryness! The winey tones are superb, with some old high-end rancio and lots of ‘yellow’ (neo-oxidative, like in Jura’s vin jaune – yellow wine) plus tons of chocolate. A perfect sherry, superbly balanced and ‘vital’. Wow! Mouth: oh yes, it’s confirmed. Powerful and vibrant, bold, creamy but not ‘thick’, almost invading… A more than perfect sherry again as well as some superb notes of candied lemons and kind of an acidity that’s most enjoyable and that keeps the malt really playful. Burnt Smyrna raisins, cake, something tarry and smoky… It’s very ‘male’, whatever that means. Lots of dried and crystallised citrus fruits, a little almond milk and walnuts… It gets then quite bitter (nothing excessive) and a little drying, but the finish is superb, with notes of cough syrup (eucalyptus, menthol, candy sugar). Beautifully compact and highly satisfying! 91 points.
    • Nose
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    • Taste
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