Highland Park 1956

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Green Dumpy Bottle
Stated Age
20 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Ferraretto Import, Milano
Added on
29 Apr 2016 10:39 am

Average value

€ 3073.51

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1956

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.22 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] Every year around this time I open a very old bottle to celebrate a salute to the forefathers of whisky distilling who crafted excellent drams with nothing else than their head and their hands - way before computers were invented (and I was born)...

    ...just like this flabbergasting Highland Park. Sure, the mysterious bottle maturation may have added a lot to this great experience but bottle maturation improves high-quality drams only (and makes bad whisky even worse). This was excellent spirit when filled into the cask in 1956 and outstanding whisky when bottled in 1976. And now it is just... a legend.

    There were many of these old green dumpy HP releases from different vintages mostly aged between 18-21 years and all of them are excellent. By the way, I bought this bottle for 355 Euro in January, 2009.
    • Nose
      96 96
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers subtle and complex amalgam of dozens of different aromas with not a single off-note or imbalance. There are fruits in abundance (of all kinds), heather honeys, waxes, plenty of herbal impressions as well as a significant smoky note. The spices take their time to show up and the nose enfolds greatly upon breathing so take your time with this beauty. You will find some leathery impressions beside different oils and summer floral aromas ("flowery meadow"). But the best are the fruits, no doubt and they gather in strength over time. This nose is surprisingly fresh, still after 65 years. I could sniff this forever...
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is multi-layered with dozens of interwoven flavours in each of the layer respectively. It is a lot of fun to hunt down and catch an individual impression but it is not easy because there are too many of them, simply. Again not a single flaw or off-note, all is in close-to-perfection harmony. But beware all you modern thrill-seekers and spiky flavours lovers - there is nothing in it for you. No impression dares to challenge the others as if they all were afraid of entering the spotlight. This is a perfect choral of hundred voices on my taste buds - the "Carmina Burana" of single malt whisky.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The initial mouthfeel is simply astonishing with a creamy, silky texture covering all of my mouth instantly. No bitter or drying moments, there is just pleasure on my tongue. The finish is very long and extends the beautiful taste close to eternity with no distracting feeling at all. It vanishes slowly in fading waves that literally stick to my throat as if they want to hang around there forever. Water is not needed.

  2. Fabi805 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    For my wife and I it was the absolute highlight to be able to taste such a whisky. Many thanks to Dirk for making this experience possible for us!

    We opened our sample for Valentine's Day on February 14, 2021 and tasted it in our cellar bar with a record with 70s rock 'n roll, i.e. music from the time when the HP went into the bottle.

    An absolute experience at the right time, in the right place.
    • Nose
      97 97
      First of all, a whiff of soap rose up my nose, which I knew from older bottlings from the 80s.

      Then a true symphony of perfectly coordinated nuances opens up, which carries us through an unbelievable variety of aromas over the next 45 minutes.

      The 43% vol. are exactly right and give the single malt a strong start.

      You can't and don't really want to stop soaking up this wonderful aroma, absorbing and internalizing this great fresh balance.

      First we encounter a fresh grain field and rock candy. The initially dominant soap is still slightly in the background.

      The single malt is constantly changing. If you think you have captured an aroma, it slowly fades into the background and completely new worlds of taste are presented again.

      Suddenly a fresh, juicy lemon comes, followed by a Scottish morning freshness, which I still remember very well from the daily running training through the beautiful landscape during my visits to the island.

      The whisky is generally incredibly virgin, not a bit dusty, despite the decades in the bottle.

      It continues with honeydew melon, dark chocolate, forest honey again, then a meadow of flowers, especially dandelions.

      Just unbelievable.
    • Taste
      96 96
      After about 45 minutes, the time has come: we try.

      At first the soap again. Suddenly the complete intension for the red-pink ski water, which we ordered as children for a mountain break at the hut.

      A sweet explosion, I'm sorry, but I can't believe this, it's a spectacle, a feast of flavors in perfection. Ingenious and unique. I haven't been allowed to try something like this, my wife feels the same way.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Flowery, gentle, velvety. Wonderful.

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic nose - taste and finish develop fantastically after the 3rd or 4th sip. You need at least 5cl to really appreciate the full force of this enigmatic dram.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


    Full of gold
    Wow! Full fruit and tons of heather. Sweetish on the nose, with apple, orange, gooseberry and dark plum. In addition, fatty honey, vanilla, leather, tingling salt and bland herbs with a smoky background. Absolutely powerful and guided by the fruit aromas - outstanding!
    Soft, fat and creamy on the tongue! The fruit combines perfectly with the heather, leather and herbs. The honey note is not too sweet and the vanilla adapts to it. Getting more and more chocolaty, with whole milk, nougat, cream, cocoa and coffee / espresso - great!
    Long - for 43%. Still a lot of chocolate, but now more smoky, gloomy and with dark teen notes. The fruit is pushed into the background and the spice is always present. Really tasty down to the last drop - a HP classic!
    94 points
    N: 95P / G: 93P / F: 93P

  5. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Old and Rare 2020. Herbal and mineral HP with nice obe.


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