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Overall rating
86.98/100
votes
49
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Exclusive
Vintage
13.07.1995
Bottled
20.07.2015
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Refill American Hogshead
Casknumber
1485
Number of bottles
325
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Mercenary
Market
be Belgium
Added on
06 Aug 2015 4:17 pm by namelessone
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 136,20

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Tastingtags

6 Notes

Corso_theRed
Expert Senior Corso_theRed Tasting note
18 Jun 2016 11:44 am
Corso_theRed gave this whisky 84 points
Color
White wine
Nose

Dry peat and sweet barley sugar. Sugared lemons, freshly cut bell peppers, and water melon.

Taste

Sweet and herbal. Mild dry smoke, juicy oranges, some chili – turning more intense by the second. It’s sucking out the saliva like nothing else – drying and oaky, with hints of ash and cinnamon.

Finish

Medium-long. Spicy and tannic, with espresso and burned caramel. The peat is hardly noticeable now.

Comments

A good HP indy I reckon. Quite dry, but the nose is enticing with a fruity profile you’d expect from a refill hogshead. Furthermore, the interplay between sweet and spicy on the palate is interesting and rather pleasant. Overall a rather inoffensive malt, that – however—does not really show its age.

Gonathras
Expert Senior Gonathras Note
02 Mar 2016 1:30 pm

Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:


Highland Park 20 yo 1995/2015 (50%, Gordon & MacPhail, Exclusive for The Whisky Mercenary, refill hogshead, cask #1485, 325 bottles) Four stars Colour: straw. Nose: starts bone dry, grassy and barleyish, with an obvious lemony side. It’s only after a good thirty seconds that rounder and sweeter fruity notes come through, such as ripe gooseberries. Quite some acacia honey too, which makes it pleasantly nectary. With water: even grassier and chalkier. Touches of hay and porridge. Mouth: sharpish, starting zesty and grassy, just like on the nose, with lemons and cider apples everywhere, and a slightly acrid smokiness that goes well with this context. It’s also quite ashy and mineral. With water: it’s the coastal saltiness that comes out, together with even more smoke, you’d almost believe we’re on Skye. Finish: long, salty, ashy, smoky. The barley’s returning in the aftertaste, and it would come with touches of bitter oranges. Comments: probably one of the smokiest and driest HPs I could try. Some kind of bespoke batches? I find it very good, if really unusual. SGP:363 - 87 points.
Falnor
Expert Senior Falnor Tasting note
08 Oct 2015 4:57 pm
Falnor gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Wow, very seductive sweet and fresh! Lots of fruit like red appels, juicy pineapple, and necatrines with the freshness of lemons. There's also an hint of smoke.

Taste

Rich and very easy to drink. It's not light or soft, but no trace of harsh alcohol to be found. More candied fruit and less fresh. Still pineapple and citrus. Lot's of heather and honey.

Finish

More peat in the end

Comments

Be carefull; it's very very easy and nice to drink. Sadly it's expensive.

Cerebrum
Member Senior Cerebrum Tasting note
05 Oct 2015 9:57 pm
Cerebrum gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Überrascht! Der erste Eindruck ist hauptsächlich Rauch. Warmer, angenehmer Rauch - aber dominant. 

Nach einiger Zeit im Glas cremiger werden. Deutliche, siruparige Süße. Ein Hauch Fruchtigkeit blitzt durch - Ananas? 
Taste

Buttrige Süße, Creme Brulee. Vanille. Leichte Fruchtnoten/Säure geben einen kleinen Kontrapunkt. Je länger im Mund, desto deutlicher entfaltet sich wieder der Rauch. Keinerlei Bitterkeit.

Finish

Mittellang, wärmend. Zarter Rauch bleibt lange zurück.

Comments

Natürlich kein Islay, aber für HP hat mich der dominante Rauch doch etwas überrascht. Ein sehr leckerer Malt, dem man aber sein Alter in keinster Weise anmerkt. Blind hätte ich ihn vielleicht etwas besser bewertet, aber so bleibt eine kleine Enttäuschung ob der relative Eindimensionalität für einen 20-jährigen HP zurück. Nichtsdestotrotz ein guter und interessanter Malt. 

Wurde im direkten Vergleich mit dem HP GM 1990/2015, Cask 5105 verkostet und konnte leider gar nicht mithalten.
Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
01 Sep 2015 9:31 am
Bishlouk gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

D'abord très citronné, suivent ensuite une légère fumée sucrée, de la vanille et du miel. Une corbeille de fruits (citron, ananas, banane) envahit alors les narines.

Taste

Une amertume de pelure de pomme en entrée de bouche. Puis de la vanille et une fine fumée épicée. Quelques fruits blancs et citriques essaient de se faire une place, mais la fumée reste en avant plan.

Finish

Longue. La fumée grandit, tandis que les fruits s'éteignent. Quelques épices douces viennent saupoudrer la fumée.

Comments

Même si je continue de préférer les Highland Park en fût de Sherry, celui-ci (qui est donc en fût de bourbon) est bien fait, équilibré, et cohérent. Une bonne sélection du Mercenaire du Whisky.

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
31 Aug 2015 6:53 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Surprisingly creamy nose with loads of pears on syrup, mashed banana, apricots and even some pineapple. If I did not know better, I would think this was a sherry cask. Some menthol disguises the earthy notes, that linger underneath. Some peat is present as well. Slowly but surely the sweetness recedes to make room for more farmy notes. This is very good. I could keep smelling this.

Taste

But as I am writing tasting notes instead of nosing notes, I must sip it. Now it shows its true colors. A devil in disguise! Such and elegant nose and then such a powerhouse in the palate. Citrus plays the lead part, followed by white fruit. The sherry influences on the nose returns on the palate. Apricots and grapefruit kick in. But the woodsmoke, peat and oak give it a depth that I can really appreciate. Midpalate it goes back to sugared lemon peel with loads of spices. Some menthol lifts the whole. A surprising hint of plasticine at the back of the throat. It becomes dangerously quaffable from the second sip.

Finish

The finish is wonderfully long and smoked, sugard lemon peel. Excuse me? Yup.

Comments

What a party! But beware! This devil in disguise goes down far too easy. Price: 139 EUR. Thank you, Jürgen, for the sample.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man

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