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Overall rating
91.86/100
votes
136
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

€ 1367.65

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207 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 25-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.86 points

  1. 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.

  2. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    3443’94

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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?

  4. ColdAesthetics 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

  5. 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!

  6. Petrenko scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    23,5/24/24/24

  7. 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!

  8. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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).

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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