- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 25 years old
- 53.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 01 May 2009 6:38 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.87 points
- Another excellent HP 25yo. By nose and taste alone I'd give it 92, but the bitter finish takes it down a point. I do love the way it is balanced much more on the distillate than any wood it's been in, because it helps drive home how different older HP is from anything available in their current core range.
Thanks to member Waykid for the sample.
Tasted with HP 30yo 48.1% (92 pts.)
Dry wood with some herbal touches. Saltwater, some machine grease, and some beefiness. If you'd call the 25s and 30s bottled in the 2000s refined or luxurious, this one is more characterful, and more saturated with those distinctive notes of pre-70's distillates. Some wet clay comes up with water, and a certain fruitiness that is like nothing I've found in HPs distilled in the later times. All told, this is a much more coastal offering on the nose than anything of any age you could buy from HP right now.
A maritime whisky this, with a fair bit of biting peat. Kelp and sea salt, and some kind of industrial lubricant. There's some sherry notes here as well in the form of quality coffee and faint cloves, but they're discreet compared to current sherried HP releases. Is there some OBE or is it just the distillate? We may never know. What it certainly is is much wilder than the current crop of older HP core range bottles, which feel managed and fine tuned compared to this creature from the sea.
Neat the finish is a bit flat. It's salty, faintly tarry, and with a bit of that old style, chewy sherry oak. Its oiliness helps coat the tastebuds well but it's not particularly vivid. There is a bitter edge to it, which is amplified by water, presenting a dilemma: put water in it and get more of the distillate's fruit on the palate at the cost of a rounder but more bitter finish, or go neat and miss the tropical notes for a better balance but slight hollowness in the finish?
- Class HP 25, a little saltier and drier than the current, pure matter of taste in my opinion.
Nice full and crunchy, oldschool, roiboostee, fennel, hazelnut, chestnut, dark malt, dark honey, beautiful sherry notes, toffee, red apple with shell, some citrus notes in between, Heiderauch clearly noticeable, more than the current
Clear sherry dominance, dry, red apple, grapefruit, Earl Gray, roiboos as well, nutmeg, nice salt and pepper, roasted malt, heather, cherries, chocolate, leather, anise, camphor and tobacco
Tobacco, hazelnut, heather meadow, some salt, cherries, long
Butterscotch, caramel, a bit of cognac, soft heathery peat. Not super aromatic, likely due to high strength (this is the highest strength 25yo OB bottled by HP).
Powerful stuff. Kinda thin mouthfeel though... which is a bit disappointing. You can taste some of the sherry in here... raisins, dried cherries, along with again some cognac notes. Also some sweet bourbon flavors. Peat, of course. To be honest, if blind, I would think this was an older Yoichi, which btw, used to be one of my favorite distilleries.
Long, sweet, nice fragrant oak, again with the bourbon notes. This commands a high price on the open market due to its older bottling status along with the 53.5% ABV but I am not sure this is better than current iterations of 25yo HP's, which seems more balanced, fresh, and approachable.
- The aroma is dense, but soft; oak, noble. Resins and gum, old sherry, oak, dark chocolate, sea notes, some spices (cloves).
The taste is sharp, slightly sweet, sherry: a lot of astringent oak and dried fruits; licorice, dark chocolate, butterscotch, tarry and light bitterness; shade of marine minerality, spices (pepper, cloves).
The finish is long, oak, astringent, chocolate, sherry, soft, moderately sweet. Cool!
Conclusion. Fine, powerful, seasoned old school sherry whisky. Perfectly balanced. I didn’t add water.
Rating: 93 (n23t23f23b24).
Closed. Peat notes, old furniture, weak iodine, sea salt.
Very sweet, light bitterness, powerful, more peat, smoked.
Very long. Peat notes, leather, ash, tobacco.
Achilles heel is a nose! But this is a Real Beast!
- No notes tasted at a show but this is the usual high quality old 25 year dumpy, great balance and flavour and almost as good as the 51.5% version
Milky, oaky and aromatic, but not overpowered, classic sherry cask, leather and dates, honey, the nose is quite shy, light smokiness and peat, ripe apple.
Rich leather, fermented bean curds, stronger peat here, fresh fruits, strawberries, more camphor, intense and aromatic.
Long, fermented beans, fresh grapefruits, strawberry, light sherry, mints.
- Very powerful, maritime, typical HP - very drinkable!
Fresh, green fruits, lemony, a bit leafy, sea breeze, hints of honey and vanilla, whiffs of smoke and leather - very good
Punchy, oily, more honey, fruity, peaches, salty, creme brulee, bananas, oak wood - great
More, punchy, long, burning