Overall rating
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
de Germany
Added on
08 mar 2015 11:39 am by macwhisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 184.45

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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 89.78 points

  1. McLarsen scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    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

  2. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Probably the first Highland Park that I really like. Well done!
    • Nose
      Very good nose as it is having a good balance and complexity. I get lemongrass, oranges, chamomile, decent smoke and oak. 
    • Taste
      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. 
    • Finish
      The finish is very elegant and smooth but the smoke is more dominant now. The taste reminds for almost a minute. Lovely!

  3. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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

  4. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      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;
    • Taste
      nice seasoning; Leather; light fruit; delicate bitter chocolate; again oranges (citrus note); not as bitter as expected;
      a spicy heat (not from the alcohol)
    • Finish
      Long; first fruity, then strongly spicy; Hazelnut, which is getting stronger and stronger; always a change between nut, tart and fruit. Delicious

  5. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      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,
    • Taste
      Smoke, burnt straw, peach caramel, pear, apricot, citrus fruits, oak, some rosemary, nutmeg, a hint of linseed oil, slightly bitter
    • Finish
      Long, slightly smoky, slightly bitter

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Tangerine, lime wine gum, mango, pear, hay and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Almond, apple, tangerine, malt, brown sugar, chestnut and smoke.
    • Finish
      Apple, almond, tangerine, brown sugar, caramel and smoke.

  7. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Correct HP. I like this sweet / spicy competition.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly fruity: waxy apples, mango, lime, unripe pear, discreetly smoky, oaky. Chamomile.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet competition starts. Grapes sprinkled with powdered sugar, honey, pepper, bitter oak, increasing smokiness. Correct.
    • Finish
      Long and elegant, but rather the smoke has benn dominated

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      The nose is not very expressive at first but probably what I describe as subtle.

      Hints of apple, warm bread, mango and lime.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Almost medium length and sweet to the finish.

  10. MrRancho scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice HP. Nice game between fruit, wood, smoke.
    • Nose
      Herbs, chocolate, cooling alcohol.
    • Taste
      Fruity, apple, peach, wood, clearly smoke, salt.
    • Finish
      Medium, a bit sweet, some oak.

  11. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. pEpp0 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95


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