Highland Park 25-year-old

Overall rating
91.87/100
votes
152
Whiskybase ID
WB7753
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy
Bottled
1995
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L444S
Added on
01 may 2009 6:38 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1993.56

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old

25 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.87 points.

  1. saothangbay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. songsohia scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a bottle of the prestigious 95-year-old Highland Knight 25-year-old barrel, distilled around the 1970s, using a considerable proportion of sherry casks, and bottling in barrel-strength. scbp-4661, the smell is in line with expectations, but the taste is disappointing, and the bitterness is obviously too heavy. The wine has improved slightly after waking, but the wine is not as thick as it was when it was first poured.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The first aroma that comes out of the glass is a little fleshy and a little sulfurous, followed by the smell of old books, vague durian pulp, freshly squeezed red apple juice and orange juice, with a hint of jackfruit. The aroma on the top side of the glass has a hint of vanilla caramel combined with a light smoky flavor - the whole is a beautiful old wine. The raw nutty and buttery flavors of the old sherry cask will be more pronounced upon awakening, combined with a touch of new leather.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The sweetness of honey and the sourness of small orange water, the front part has a slightly ripe mango appearance, the bitterness of citrus peel and dark chocolate in the middle part of the taste is very prominent, the wine is high in fat, thick and full, and the flavor is obviously unbalanced. Alcohol is more irritating. After 50 minutes of waking up, the taste is greatly improved. The soft and glutinous durian, vanilla, roasted nuts, raw nuts, raw fennel and other flavors are full, the bitterness in the latter part is slightly reduced, and the stimulation of the wine body becomes weaker. Unfortunately, The flavor profile and level from front to back are relatively simple.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A little bit of citrus bitterness inherited from the palate, but the bitterness is gradually replaced by a sweet mint aftertaste, persistent, refreshing, with a touch of woody tannins.

  4. insieme scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    JUST GREAT

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Nectar in a glass 23.5-23.5-23.5-23.5

  6. Schollus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: salty spray, fresh coastal notes and the typical heather, brown sugar, créme brulée, herbal honey

    Palate: toffee and caramel dominate, followed by sweet cherry and blackberry notes, somewhat medicinal and hints of cough syrup, sorrel, forest herbs

    Finish: extremely long and expressive

    Conclusion: One of these OBs from golden times, with a clear HP-DNA, character and addictive factor!

  7. PRV scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    23,5/24/24/24

  8. GadflyDrinker did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    These are amazing! I have a 1991 distilled, meaning there is 1960s highland park scotch in there!!!!! So excited to open it!

  9. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      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).
    • Taste
      91 91
      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.
    • Finish
      90 90
      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.

  11. vredensever scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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).

  12. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose
    Closed. Peat notes, old furniture, weak iodine, sea salt.
    Taste
    Very sweet, light bitterness, powerful, more peat, smoked.
    Aftertaste
    Very long. Peat notes, leather, ash, tobacco.
    Balance
    Achilles heel is a nose! But this is a Real Beast!
    Great Malt!
    91/100

  14. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    3443’94

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Rich leather, fermented bean curds, stronger peat here, fresh fruits, strawberries, more camphor, intense and aromatic.
    • Finish
      Long, fermented beans, fresh grapefruits, strawberry, light sherry, mints.

  17. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful, maritime, typical HP - very drinkable!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fresh, green fruits, lemony, a bit leafy, sea breeze, hints of honey and vanilla, whiffs of smoke and leather - very good
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, oily, more honey, fruity, peaches, salty, creme brulee, bananas, oak wood - great
    • Finish
      93 93
      More, punchy, long, burning

  18. Thermidor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.)
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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?

  19. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Class HP 25, a little saltier and drier than the current, pure matter of taste in my opinion.
    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      Tobacco, hazelnut, heather meadow, some salt, cherries, long

  20. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Body: firm and rounded.
    • Nose
      Full, rounded. Fudge, white chocolate, oloroso sherry, honey, melon, lemon. Fruity.
    • Taste
      More honey,slightly chewy. Nutty toffee. Nougat. Pistache nuts. Turkish delight. Cedar.
    • Finish
      Lemon, honey, roses. Fragrant, smooth. Balancing dryness.

  21. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. Waykid did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A couple of years ago the price of it was € 360 in a European shop.

  23. Ramjet did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Serge V says: 

    Highland Park 25 yo (53.5%, OB, late 1990’s)
     Colour: amber. Nose: rather bold and extremely honeyed and heathery, as usual. Lots of nectar notes and quite some peat coming through (unusual at that level). Quite some sherry too and also some fine oaky notes. Rather complex and surely full bodied. Mouth: starts rather drier than the current version, but with lots of oomph. Strikingly saltier as well. Complex development, with some notes of seawater, wood, smoke, and still quite some sweetness, the whole being perfectly balanced. The finish is bold and long, on honey, smoke and salt. A great classic. 90 points.

  24. Collector57 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      more peat than you might normally get from HP. The expected honey and heather but more intense than in the younger bottlings
      A touch of sherry too.
    • Taste
      sweet honey with salt and a whiff of smoke
    • Finish
      The theme carries right through - peat, honey, heather and salt. Long, long, long

  25. wbarchive_973963 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, oranges, pepper, a whiff of flowers.
    • Taste
      Again chocolate, sone toffee, underlaid by a bit long smoke.
    • Finish
      Warm, oily and long.

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