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Overall rating
87.06/100
votes
50
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

€ 136.17

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1995 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.06 points

  1. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  2. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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)  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.

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Cerebrum scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Of course no Islay, but for HP, the dominant smoke surprised me a bit. A very tasty malt, but one does not notice his age in any way. Blind, I might have rated him a little better, but that leaves a little disappointment with the relative one-dimensionality for a 20-year HP. Nonetheless a good and interesting malt. Was tasted in direct comparison with the HP GM 1990/2015, Cask 5105 and unfortunately could not keep up.
    • Nose
      Surprised! The first impression is mainly smoke. Warm, pleasant smoke - but dominant. After some time in the glass become creamier. Clear, syrupy sweetness. A touch of fruitiness flashes through - pineapple?
    • Taste
      Buttery sweetness, creme brulee. Vanilla. Light fruit notes / acid give a small counterpoint. The longer in the mouth, the more clearly the smoke unfolds again. No bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium long, warming. Tender smoke lingers for a long time.

  5. Bishlouk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Although I still prefer Highland Park in Sherry casks, this one (which is in bourbon casks) is well made, balanced, and consistent. A good selection of the Whisky Mercenary.
    • Nose
      First very lemony, then follow a light sweet smoke, vanilla and honey. A fruit basket (lemon, pineapple, banana) then invades the nostrils.
    • Taste
      A bitterness of apple peel at the mouth. Then vanilla and a thin spicy smoke. Some white and citrus fruits try to make a place for themselves, but the smoke remains in the foreground.
    • Finish
      Long. The smoke grows, while the fruits go out. Some sweet spices sprinkle the smoke.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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