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Highland Park 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Ex-Bourbon & 1st Fill Sherry Casks
45.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
New Bottle Shape
Added on
25 Oct 2015 4:24 pm

Average value

€ 467.23

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  Quite a while ago I did my last head-to-head tasting so I lust after another one, this time it is this 25-years old HP versus the 21-years old HP https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/69186/21-year-old both from very recent batches.  To verify the results I repeated this tasting some days later. 

    Colour:  The 21y is burnished and the 25y two shades paler at deep copper.  The texture of the 21y shows small tears with medium fast legs while the 25y has bigger and more sticky tears with medium fast legs.  Not a really good oiliness on both drams, unfortunately. 

    Nose:  The 21y offers a nice profile of mainly autumn floral, herbal and spicy wooden aromas that is balanced but not overly complex.  Some barley sugary sweet aromas pop up after a while.  The nose of the 25y is more complex as it adds fruity and heather honey aromas to the party.  Clearly I prefer the 25y on this dimension but to be honest:  I had much better HP noses in the past... 

    Initial mouthfeel:  The 21y arrives warming and (just a little) coating on the palate with significant adstringent moments from heavy tannins and a slight bitterness.  This is not my favourite mouthfeel, unfortunately.  Luckily the mouthfeel of the 25y is better but still it is not really coating (I expected this from the rather weak oiliness already).  At least there are no adstringent or unpleasant bitter moments.  But where is the trademark great mouthfeel of HP gone these days? 

    Taste:  The taste of the 21y is very wood driven with spices and herbs in a rather bitter setting.  This is too unbalanced for me as the sweet and fruity flavours hide in the background and are hard to detect.  The 25y is better on this dimension too but again without being truly great (like older batches).  Still this is a fine and complex taste with lots of different flavours, for sure.  But I cannot score this above 90 points as this would be unfair to many other fine drams.   

    Finish:  The 21y adds some sweet flavours (sugars) during the medium finish that are highly welcomed to at least somewhat balance out the drying bitterness.  The finish of the 25y is just of a medium length too (the light texture takes its toll) and it dries out at the end (cold ashes, papers).    

    Some water opens up both the nose and taste of the 21y nicely (a two points difference in my score) but it is not recommended with the 25y as this dram flattens out quickly when reduced by water.  

    Oops, this was unexpected.  The usually very consistently great 20+years bottlings of Highland Park seem to have degraded substantially.  The rather light texture/oiliness cannot match the big mouthfeel and finish of older HP drams (did they hurry the distillation too much?).  Both the nose and taste are way simplier than previous batches and somewhat unbalanced with too much wood influence and missing many delicate fruity and peaty aromas of older HP's (for my taste buds, maybe others see this different).  To be honest, I would rather buy older batches at auctions than these new editions - even if their design is not that fancy...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. 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 bewitches 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 experience is liquid gold!

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

  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. 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

  7. Okto-Bull scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    He needs a lot of time in the glass. After pouring in, I was amazed how little there is. With a little time the malt opens. In the taste unfortunately a little too lax for a toppaint. Even the finish could be longer and more intense ...

  8. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Jim Murray has awarded the Highland Park 25 year old 96 points.

  9. Jevan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Jevan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This dram takes work to fully appreciate but it gives hours of entertainment yet is more cerebral in appeal than visceral. I fully enjoyed its complexity and rate it highly but it does not rank in my top drams and does not give itself up willingly enough thus lessening the enjoyment. 89.
    • Nose
      A lot of layers to tease out in this one. 

      At first, a lot of older, wet, oak wood which calms down quite quickly to be followed by rich, warm, earthy spices (nutmeg & cinnamon primarily) and a damp and dusty dunnage warehouse.Then it sweetens up with mead and ripe red fruits like cherries. Floral, heathery characteristics then come through. Very light peat and a hint of spearmint and thyme. With water, the spices intensify and now includes tobacco notes. The mint now comes through stronger and a hint of sharper sulphite appears. This nose really takes a lot of time and patience as it comes in waves with very different notes over time. Love the complexity even if it is not the most inviting nose I have had.
    • Taste
      The taste neat is rich and drying with lots of tannins, cocoa powder and slight tobacco! Included with this is cinnamon, white pepper and cloves. Honey adds a little sweetness but the spices and later cherries overpower the honey.

      With water, the tannins free up a little and the red fruit and spearmint become more apparent.
    • Finish
      The finish is long but drying with lots of spices especially white pepper and cinnamon with a note of spearmint.


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