- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
- Bottling serie
- Calculated age
- 24 years old
- Refill American Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Germany Exclusive
- Bottle code
- 26/01/15 AD/BADC
- Bottled for
- Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft Bremen
- Added on
- 08 Mar 2015 11:39 am by macwhisky
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1990 GM
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.79 points
- Highland Park Orkney Islands Single Malt Whisky Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail (Reserve Ed. For Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft Bremen) Cask No. 5102 - Refill American Hogshead Distilled: 29.05.1990 Bottled: January 2015 Alcohol: 50% Expectation: Highland Park is on my personal scale quite high up. A barrel strong (?) Single cask bottling, just under 25 years old, sounds very promising ... Color: rather light gold Nose: from the beginning a lot of sweetness, fruits, vanilla and some oak, orange, a soft note of smoke hovers over everything ... Palate: ... still very sweet, the 50% alcohol content are quite present but well integrated. Vanilla is present, but does not dominate, rather the orange or mandarin notes, in the background a bit herbaceous spicy, I know ginger (?) ... The HP does not cry for water, but he still gives him what, it does him good , he actually gets sweeter ..., the orange notes are more and I almost have to ... but think of Uncle Dittmeyer ... Finish: Long and very fruity, some smoke ... Conclusion: Very nice HP, one of the best in a long time. He is mature and sweet, radiates his age a certain serenity due to the motto I do not have to roar loudly or attract attention, I'm a classic guy ... Good choice HaWe Bremen ... 90 points
- Probably the first Highland Park that I really like. Well done!
Very good nose as it is having a good balance and complexity. I get lemongrass, oranges, chamomile, decent smoke and oak.
Fermented grapes with oranges, then honey or is it just fruity sweetness? The complexity is quite high as the elements are changing second by second.
The finish is very elegant and smooth but the smoke is more dominant now. The taste reminds for almost a minute. Lovely!
- n: a lovely nose- gentle but complex. the first thing that comes to my mind is
harmony between the fruity, spicy and smoky components.
on the fruity side we have oranges, apples and unripe pears which might sound a little
boring but believe me it it is not.
the oak is very mild but always present. we have some mild honey, mild vanilla,
a few almonds and behind that all a gentle smoke, which is so well integrated
that you feel it more as a spicy element.
t: juicy to oily mouthfeel, lightly sweet, immediately complex, again very
pleasant harmony. very much the nose plus some varnish and a new fruity
element which reminds of peaches and apricots.
the oak plays a little louder on the palate and brings almonds and a touch of
walnut cake from switzerland which I adore.
f: quite long, slightly bitter and very spicy
comments: lovely dram, a little too expensive I´d say but good HPs have never
been cheap since I have been buying them
gentle but still complex; Vanilla; Citrus; fresh herbs; the typical heather note and the subtle smoke are there; beautiful wood note; gives the impression of a delicate tart / bitter wood note; fermented grapes;
nice seasoning; Leather; light fruit; delicate bitter chocolate; again oranges (citrus note); not as bitter as expected;
a spicy heat (not from the alcohol)
Long; first fruity, then strongly spicy; Hazelnut, which is getting stronger and stronger; always a change between nut, tart and fruit. Delicious
- I did not have any Bourbon whisky with such a great nose. The taste and the finish unfortunately have a slightly bitter note, so I stay below 90 points.
Very fruity, peach, subtle smoke, wood treated with linseed oil a few days ago, citrus fruits, almonds, walnuts, apple puree, nougat chocolate, malty sweet, vanilla, roses, apricot,
Smoke, burnt straw, peach caramel, pear, apricot, citrus fruits, oak, some rosemary, nutmeg, a hint of linseed oil, slightly bitter
Long, slightly smoky, slightly bitter
Tangerine, lime wine gum, mango, pear, hay and vanilla.
Almond, apple, tangerine, malt, brown sugar, chestnut and smoke.
Apple, almond, tangerine, brown sugar, caramel and smoke.
- Correct HP. I like this sweet / spicy competition.
Surprisingly fruity: waxy apples, mango, lime, unripe pear, discreetly smoky, oaky. Chamomile.
Bittersweet competition starts. Grapes sprinkled with powdered sugar, honey, pepper, bitter oak, increasing smokiness. Correct.
Long and elegant, but rather the smoke has benn dominated
- Someone has scored this at 100 points, they were obviously drinking something else to me.
Bottles like this are interesting as they are different to the norm from a distillery but this really should cost no more than 90-100 euro and is very overpriced for the quality of spirit.
Save your money and buy some Highland Park 18 year OB
- Water is not needed with this one and it is pretty drinkable but this is not how I like Highland Park to be. I expect HP to have a good depth of profile and obviously some sherry.
This is like an experiment and there is absolutely none of the HP charatcer in there, this is more like a bourbon cask Clynelish.
Not worth the asking price by a long way, very middle of the road, disappointing for me.
The nose is not very expressive at first but probably what I describe as subtle.
Hints of apple, warm bread, mango and lime.
More full bodied than what I was expecting and there is a battle between sugary sweetness and a few bitter notes.
It is quite creamy, sweet and sugary on icing sugar, lemon meringue and a little biscuit.
Almost medium length and sweet to the finish.
- Very nice HP. Nice game between fruit, wood, smoke.
Herbs, chocolate, cooling alcohol.
Fruity, apple, peach, wood, clearly smoke, salt.
Medium, a bit sweet, some oak.