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90.86/100
votes
462
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & 1st Fill Sherry Casks
Strength
45.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
New Bottle Shape
Bottle code
L0443P L10 05 11 12:21
Barcode
5010314300074
Added on
25 Oct 2015 4:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 486,87

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.86 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 93 points Administrator

    It's hard to find words that do this Single Malt justice. For many connoisseurs, Highland Park 25 is the Holy Grail of the distillery's official bottlings, and rightly so. I could literally spend hours with my nose in the Glencairn. Dark fruits, white chocolate and juicy oranges take turns with spices, cocoa beans and rummy notes. An explosion of sweet, dry and peppery flavors coats the palate while being perfectly balanced and complex at the same time. Faintest hints of smoke remain of a prolonged, sweet and spicy finish. This Orcadian whisky is liquid gold!

    RATING: 4.7/5.0 stars ≙ 93 pts → SUPERB [+]
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    Where do I line up for the life time supply?
    This is ridiculous good whisky.
    Thanks to Feorag86 for the sample.
    • Nose
      96 96
      First nosing; quality, well matured and complex quality.
      So many fruits I can hardly separate them.
      Very sweet apples, peach and pear along with oranges to name a few.
      There's flowers too, I'm just not good with their names.
      Then chocolate, toffee, nougat, rum raisin, honey.
      It's all just floating about in waves waiting to be discovered.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Silky sensory pleasure.
      Spicy, almost prickly pepper on the arrival, quickly turning to a sweeter and rounder allspice.
      Going a little dryer on cocoa powder, coffee, leather.
      Hard to identify the lighter fruit notes from the nose under all the spice and bold darkness, but it's present underneath.
    • Finish
      90 90
      I will not call the finish disappointing, because it's hard to follow such a nose and pallate. But I would have prefered it a little sweeter and less dry. No complaints about lenght, and there is a nice touch of fruit under a transperent blanket of light smoke at the very end.

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring, the 25-year-old Highland Park is already showing its full-bodied, intense and elegant side. A multifaceted conglomeration of many different flavors flows to me hesitantly. With the Nosing one can well and gladly spend an hour. Wavy changes the nose and gradually unfolds its full potential. Lots of dates, many juicy oranges, a few dried orange peel, caramel sweets, dark chocolate, cocoa for baking and intense honey notes form the first aromatic base. The sherynoten win in the course of nosing significantly in intensity. Over ripe apples, hints of red fruits, raisins, walnuts, roasted almonds and many different spices (eg nutmeg and ginger) mix with spicy oak notes. The background is always a delicate smoky note. The alcohol (45.7%) is perfectly integrated.
    • Taste
      The texture of the Highland Park is silky soft, almost syrupy, the malt wets the entire oral cavity. A few peppercorns prance on the tip of the tongue for a short time before the dark, spicy-sweet aromas fully unfold. Juicy oranges, hints of red fruit, raisins, dates, honey, caramel, sweet pipe tobacco, dark dark chocolate and a touch of espresso mingle with many different spices and stately oak notes. The fine smoky note blends in wonderfully with the harmonious overall picture. The taste is very harmonious and balanced, always intense, elegant and multi-faceted.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy and warm. Black cherries, baked apples, juicy oranges, dates, raisins and plenty of dark dark chocolate are present. A short time later, nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of leather, sweet pipe tobacco and spicy, old Eichholznoten follow. The fine smoky note lingers pleasantly in the background again and ensures the final fine-tuning. A subtle dryness remains on the palate.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It has a lot to offer ... but do not give it a whiff, but serve it bit by bit, bit by bit, so that you can take your time with the aroma research. A gentleman.
    • Nose
      Very fruity at the beginning: fresh apples, apricots, peaches. Orangenmus. Over it a hint of lavender, rose water, a touch of violet perfume. Behind them are toffee sweets, caramel and honey. It becomes chocolaty, first whole milk, then rather towards nougat / noisette. Over time, the fresh fruit, the malt is darker, earthier, it comes in raisins inlaid raisins, dried and sulfurized apricot pieces (but no sulfur notes). Very slight smoky note, which could be confused with a herbal note.
    • Taste
      Full and creamy, slightly dry, the lavender and the violet perfume from the nose, but here at the beginning of much chocolate and freshly sliced ​​raisin bread. Leather notes. Oak pushes in, but does not reach the foreground. Very mild smoke. Mild herbs, spices (cinnamon, coriander, allspice). Over time, it gets even drier, but keeps the balance very nice.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, orange peel, dark chocolate.

  5. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very fine HP, multi-layered, full of flavors, very balanced and simply delicious! (In direct comparison with my favorite drop of HP, the Highland Park 30y, 45.7%, WID: 43729, he has to give in all the way, he just plays in a different league.)
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate, caramel, heather, honey, fine sweet herbs (oregano?), Sweet oranges, light smoke, raisins, light grapes, apples, freshly grated cucumber, rose water, a touch of coconut, a hint of almonds, a hint of cinnamon, fresh sea breeze After a while, the chocolate darkens, strawberries, cherries and raspberries are added, very flowery-fruity, melon, peppermint
    • Taste
      sparkling start, like the bite into a juicy orange with a little shell, dark chocolate, the barrel is there at the same time as the orange, the chocolate turns into spicy espresso. Very spicy, cinnamon + cloves + nutmeg, raisins, quince marmalade, honey, slightly burnt caramel, ripe aromatic apples, again a touch of honeydew melon. Strawberries, raspberries, every sip tingles and warms, white pepper spreads; Over and over again, the juicy sweet orange and the pleasantly hot espresso, leather.
    • Finish
      Oranges, oranges, Espressooooooo ... Leather notes, smoke and in the end black tea with some white melon and cucumber (interesting!), Apples and a hint of eucalyptus ... medium ... sweet-herb-peppery with nutmeg

  6. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Although it states "new bottle design" for 2012 it was in fact a new bottle design for the 2007 release https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/34416/highland-park-25-year-old that was bottled at 48.1% abv. The 2012 release was the first of many different batches at 45.7% abv. And that first release in 2012 at 45.7% abv doesn't mean that all HP 25yo of 45.7% abv are bottled in 2012. Unfortunately HP doesn't do anything to indicated the different batches that have come out over the last six years.

    The HP 25yo I believe was released annually from 2012-2018 and I would estimate that the 30yo HPs of the same abv 45.7% had 3-5 different batches over the years starting in 2012 -2018, as well I've personally seen difference in colour between two bottles of the same 45.7% abv.

    Although it's well known that almost every year there was new bottles hitting the market at higher prices points in accordance with each new batch release. There is no discernible markings or stamp dating to indicate batch differences like with the Glendronach core range releases.

    One really needs to have two different batches to compare the colour difference, if you see a HP 25yo and its more gold colour with very little hint of amber that's the one that I had and rated an 87 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/79566 , the darker one is a shade or two darker and you would definitely notice it being amber in colour to a certain degree. Although an 87 is not a bad mark but it is when there are many different batches sitting on store shelves at $750cnd and one does not know exactly what quality of batch one is getting.

  7. dRambo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    awesome stuff - on the evening you do not need to do anything else :)
    • Nose
      Voluminous, he needs his time in the glass to be decipherable, dates sweet orange and orange peel with mint and a little citrus oil, a delicate bouillon sulfur note that perfectly matches the sherry tones of the nose, fine smoke that connects so finely with the spice-laden oak - that you can never name exactly if you still smells the smoke or even the oak. Oily tobacco, black tea, a cascade of flowers (violet, rose water, jasmine) - the nose has strength and endurance.
    • Taste
      dry astringent sweetness, initially very mild, almost disappointing and then it builds up - demands space, tobacco and sweet fruits tickle on the tongue, tartaric acid provides a nice antipode, very spicy, with some pepper and beautiful voluminous fruity complex - not primitive typical First Fill Club but just class.
    • Finish
      still dry - fine astringent texture, light citrus notes, dried fruit, tobacco, oak full

  8. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Top Whisky, where 400 € are for that far beyond good and evil.
    The 2006 bottling (WID: 316) really got me off the hook a few years ago, that was an experience, but in comparison, this one is as cozy as it gets.
    • Nose
      dark chocolate, dark old wood, walnut ... furniture polish, a hint of dry herbs (marjoram / oregano), a blend of cocoa and tobacco (haha, cocoa tobacco) ... orange marmalade, raisins, very sweet, overripe, cracked apples are added... After a long life dominate cocoa and furniture polish, beautiful subtly noble sweet and tart
    • Taste
      Chocolate, caramel, burnt toast, sweetish tobacco, a drop of maple syrup ... in the meantime, it also reminds me a little bit of coke sweets ... earthy, leathery ... intense, full-bodied, oily and round in the mouth, not stciht, burns or scratch
    • Finish
      long, first creamy-chocolaty, then dry and warm, cocoa, a dusty-spicy sensation on the tongue, a hint of cloves and cinnamon

  9. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic! Absolutely on the level of its predecessors, maybe even better in some respects. Less brisk, but rounder.
    • Nose
      Very full aroma. Vanilla caramel sweets, orange cream, dark cocoa powder, honey - albeit slightly different than the otherwise characteristic heather honey. Here the honey smell is heavier, more intense. Danish honey cake comes to my mind, with traditional spices like cardamom, muscat, maybe a touch of dried ginger. The longer I devote myself to enjoyment, the clearer the orange becomes. Not fresh, but slowly and intelligently reduced. The subliminal smokiness in the combination can expect a great taste.
    • Taste
      Mmmhmm! A crispy roast duck in orange sauce sizzling slowly in the oven is my first association. Sounds far-fetched? Not at all. Let's look at the individual elements. The fine smoke mixes with the festive-looking taste of glazed chestnuts. Already has a bit of BBQ. Creamy caramel notes and the warm, rich aromas of the orange reduction already hinted at in the nose remind me impressively why Highland Park has been one of my favorite distilleries for many years - even though I do not care for unnecessary carvings or overpriced NAS. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated here.
    • Finish
      The rich "fullness", the full-bodied feeling, runs like a red thread through the entire taste experience. And the conclusion? The HP25 ironically holds its elegant sweetness and never appears dry. Limey and mineral, it goes very slowly and gracefully into the light.

  10. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    a tension from the nose to the finish he impresses with a beautiful interweaving of distillery character and barrel the share of Ex-Bourbon Cask has done its part warm and complex with a well-defined aroma game - a seducer Yes! I'm in Heaven - 92 out of 100 points _______________________________
    if anyone wants to know what barrel chocolate is: barrel notes like chocolate, a bit rough and dry, almost like cocoa powder, a transparent taste not as solid as chocolate
    • Nose
      old school slightly smoky with sweet caramel Peat, bog water, heather, cucumber water, caramelised herbs, crushed light brown raisins Over time, sherry becomes more and more dominant but remains firmly interwoven with old harmonious cymbals - very nice complex, warm and salivary nose You already know how good he is
    • Taste
      on arrival warm soft raisins, light brown caramelized herbs in sherry your tongue is prickling and your saliva is flowing on the palate barrel chocolate and sweet tobacco with slightly dry red fruit
    • Finish
      long The notes of the barrel chocolate become darker, the red slightly dry fruit remains the tobacco becomes sweeter and moist the cooled juice from a baked apple

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