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Overall rating
91.56/100
votes
110
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
48.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:24 pm
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Average value

€ 1669.92

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 30-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.56 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] Tonight I do a long-planned (and a little decadent) head-to-head tasting of two of the first 30-years old Highland Park releases - this edition from 2005 and the one released in 2007 (WB id 28889)...

    ...and both are truly excellent drams from a time when all things were still fine on Orkney (meaning neither rushed nor designed nor greedy). Two perfect old style Traditional Scotch malts that clearly demonstrate the adorable distillate-profile of Highland Park (which in most modern releases is buried under heavy "designed" flavours like extreme woods or sulphured sherry). Absolutely recommended to all lovers of the traditional distillate-driven style of Scotch whisky...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour of both drams is identical at deep gold. The nose of the 2005 offers a very complex and delicate profile of toffee, chocolatey, fruity, leathery, smokey and some umami aromas without any off-note or imbalance. Very interesting stuff to sniff! The 2007 is a little less complex and shows a delicious honey and autumn floral profile with significantly more fruits (fresh, exotic and dried) than the 2005 but less sherry-induced aromas. This is very tasty and I could sniff such a profile for hours. The 2005 is more interesting to explore while the 2007 is (even) more enjoyable - so I go for a draw on this dimension.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The 2005's taste is truly multi-layered with more sweet fruits, honeys, chocolates, coffee, nuts, and and and. Simply adorable and great to chew, no flaw or imbalance here either. The taste of the 2007 shows again loads of different fruits of all kind beside honeys, chocolates, liquorice and a fair amount of spices (peppers, nutmeg, ginger and hints of cinnamon). Again no flaw or imbalance. Water releases some more aromas in both drams and turns their taste smoother and hence even more quaffable. I like them both neat and a little reduced. In the end I prefer the 2005 (a little) over the 2007 because it owns more layers and depth but this might be just my personal preference (others might see this the other way around).
    • Finish
      92 92
      The mouthfeel of the 2005 is warming and very creamy-coating with no distracting moments whatsoever. Its finish is long and more maritime with minor salty notes. No bitter or drying moments, again all flawless. The 2007 arrives a little punchier with some peppery moments on the palate and is nicely coating too. Its finish is even longer than the 2005's and adds some bitter-drying notes of tea and tobacco. Again I prefer the 2005 over the 2007 because of its greater complexity and more enjoyable mouthfeel. But hey, on that level it is all about personal preferences...

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    This is how the highland park sky smells and tastes.
    • Nose
      Boah - tons of honey, thick caramel sauce, liquid creamy chocolate, dark mousse au chocolat, baked apple with raisins and cinnamon, fresh from the oven, tangerine juice, oranges, juicy dark plums ... the first nose is a force! Add to that soft smoke over vanilla and coconut syrup, bananas, mango, fresh pineapple pieces and candied pineapple, fruity without end, then slowly evolves a heavy note of oxtail, tamaris and boiled red balsamic ... the aromas are becoming more complex, from the plum dissolve blackberry and blueberry notes, the whole room smells heavenly ... madness! After half an hour lilac and lavender notes emerge from the glass, the honey becomes even more intense, also thyme and oregano are now to be found, as well as some leather and liquorice. A dream for any Highland park lover. ... But still is not the end. Now walnut and sweet chestnuts rise from the glass ... The. Wahn. Sense.
    • Taste
      Brilliant, oily, powerful. BÄM. A monster wave of fruit, spice, flowers, honey, caramel, chocolate and sweet herbs breaks free. If the current '30s is an absolute hammer painter, then this old bottling is again an increase of 500 percent. All the impressions from the nose are eerily intense, the pineapple juice drips on liquid chocolate, the tangerine pieces fall in waves of honey and caramel ... also the sweet blossoms - chamomile, orange, lilac and lavender -, the oxtail, the sweet herbs and The licorice is found again, to join the fine coffee notes, ginger, cardamom, anise, and also the walnuts and chestnut juice are there. The living room smells more and more. Is Christmas again? The banana is becoming more and more intense, all the aromas are popping up and down in waves, it does not get any better.
    • Finish
      Laaaang, intense, iridescent, fruity, spicy, chocolaty, nutty, exciting to last. For hours, the flowery, fruity, sweet, wonderful aromas in the nose and palate are stuck ...

  3. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nice complex, well matured old HP.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Floral. Sherry, peat, honey, spicy oak, exotic fruits and gerbeaud.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Poerful and oily. Gerbeaud, salted caramel, honey, fruits, matured oak, pepper and chamomile.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Old IB Highland Park tonight and see how they compare against an OB 

    Tried a couple of 1959 OB dumpy last night so these IB will interesting. 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/19734/highland-park-1967-dt 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/24396/highland-park-1968-dt 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/14986/highland-park-1972-tb 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/41200/highland-park-1974-sv 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/83747/highland-park-1990-sv 

    Then 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/669/highland-park-30-year-old 

    and possibly one other older OB. 

    scores are between 89.29 for the 1990 and 93.95 for the 1967 DT, I mention the scores because my scores were lower for the 2 vattings of 1959 I had last night compared to the WB average. 

    The 67 DT is excellent with great nose and balance but lighter than older OB in the sherry department, I will try this one to compare as they were distilled within a year of each other. 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/1706/highland-park-40-year-old 

    Whoa, although the 40 year OB has the classical sherried profile of aged HP I preferred the DT, even though the points are the same. 

    Result:- 

    1 - 1972 The Bottlers 

    2 - 1967 John Scotts 

    3 = HP 40 OB 

    3 = HP 30 OB 

    4 - 1974 Signatory 

    5 - 1990 SV 

    6 - 1968 DT 

    The 1972 Bottlers was the clear winner here followed by 67 John Scotts DT, both are very well balanced. Equal 3rd was the OB 40 year and 30 year from 2005 and while the 40 year is more complex I think I preferred the 30 year on enjoyment regardless of the scores. If you consider current auction prices then it is a no contest as the 30 year is much better value for money. 

    The 74 SV in reality was almost as good and when you consider it was only 16 years when bottled, to get such a good score shows its quality. The 1990 SV surprised me with a very respectable score and bringing up the rear was the 68 DT which was fine but like a whisky not firing on all cylinders and was lacking in all departments compared to the others. 

    If you see some HP by The Bottlers, do a bottle share, sublime stuff. 

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Actually a bit shy on the nose but really good on the palate - overall very good
    • Nose
      89 89
      Honey, heather, teaish notes, herbal, little citric, salty - not bad
    • Taste
      93 93
      Punchy, very oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, more honey, fresh citrus fruits, spicy, cloves, pepper, little ginger, hints of old wood, little vanilla - great!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty, more teaish notes, not drying - very good

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22 23 22 23 90

    great release, unexpectedly powerful, because only 90 IMHO

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Truly representative of how good older HP can be.

    I need to re try the 40 year OB to compare.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Really good, a benchmark HP for sure.
    • Nose
      Great mix of sherry, peat, orange and some very slight smokiness.

      Some wet grass notes emerge and treacle tart.

      Top class nose
    • Taste
      A nice sweet peat on this one and much more peat than in later 48.1% flat bottle versions, or so it seems.

      There is a little bitterness from the oak at first but the peat mixes with the sherry, some nice orange and sherbet fizz with a little spice thrown in.
    • Finish
      Good medium length with some fruit pastille notes coming through.

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Auch hier genau mein Ding, Exotik mit klaren Würznoten, dabei höchstens in die Nähe der Bitterkeit kommend, Traum.
    • Nose
      Slightly more exotic than 2007 and 2013, even more so, cardamom, camphor, nutmeg, ginger, a sweet, honey-flooded Asian bazaar, old spines, beautiful brown, lightly-burnt sugar, cumin, bananas, milk chocolate, coconut, dried fruits, Stollen, lavender, thyme, marzipan, bacon, steak pepper, glazed ham, five spices, raisins
    • Taste
      Very full, but supple onset, again here very Indian / East Asian touch, spices and sweetness in perfect combination, in addition to grapefruit, leather, burnt caramel, a little spicier and edgier than in the nose, old library, blood orange, herbal honey, ginger, Camphor, wild garlic, caraway, lavender, incense, ham, almonds, stollen, orangeat
    • Finish
      Deutlich trockener-bitterer werdend, dunkles Toast mit Aprikosenmarmelade darauf, Ingwer, Kümmel, Nelke, Bärlauch, Pfeffer, leicht toasted Oak, sehr lang, Mangomuß, Grapefruit

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