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Highland Park 1960

Overall rating
91.68/100
votes
72
Whiskybase ID
WB81699
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Green Dumpy Bottle
Vintage
1960
Bottled
1978
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Ferraretto Import, Milano
Added on
29 Apr 2016 3:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1842.69

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72 × member ratings

57 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1960

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.68 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It worked from start to finish.
    But one has the impression of a "weak" whisky, which could collapse at any time because of its alcohol level. I will not venture on a decanter at a questionable level.
    Fortunately, it holds!
    Complexity is present, just like a super distillate.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The nose is quite impressive.
      Unfortunately, we feel that it lacks a bit of power.
      But the camphor immediately comes out and wraps very nicely all the other aromas, especially those of sherry. You really only find that in old malts, which have spent time in the bottle.
      Peach, melon, mango, hazelnut, cocoa, honey, white flower, wood, caramel, old book, dust, fresh mint.
    • Taste
      92 92
      On the palate, it is very delicate. But fortunately the complexity catches up with the low degree.
      Apple, pear, mango, green melon, apricot, orange. Honey, elderflower. Leather, caramel and chocolate, cereal bar. Leather, wood, cinnamon, bark and dry leaf. A hair of tobacco, of cigar. Even almost a little smoke?
    • Finish
      94 94
      Superb finish on tobacco, leather, undergrowth. It's much more animal., Caramel game, toffee, chocolate orangette.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Starts good on the nose - typical HP, a tad bitter on the palate and in the end - I prefer definitely the 1959 21yo over this one
    • Nose
      91 91
      Heather, acacia honey, old papers, toffee, sherry wood, pepper, nutmeg, little green fruits and leafy notes - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, liquorice, cold cigar ashes, soot, subtle sweetness, metall, shoe polish, little dried fruits - pretty OK
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium short, warm, a tad bitter

  3. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not so typical HP
    • Nose
      Sherry, light peat, old wet leather,raisins, Canned plums
    • Taste
      Initialt soft and sweet sherry tones, then rapidly spices, Woody tannines
    • Finish
      Rather short with a bitter almond finale

  4. MJ84 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. mackie_gm did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    There are 2 batches of this release, both for Ferraretto and only distinguishable if held against one another, but then the difference is easily distinguishable.
    One is darker and peatier and also more rare and expensive (sold for 2500 Euro this year). The reviews here all seem to be for the regular version.

    here the 2 versions compared on the Malt Maniacs Monitor (the dark version got 94, 95 and 96 points, the regular version considerably lower):
    http://www.whisky-monitor.com/results.jsp

    Here the 2 versions compared on whiskyfun. Dark version:
    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveaugust08-1.html#070808
    Highland Park 18yo 1960/1978 (43%, OB, James Grant, green dumpy, black label, dark vatting, 75cl) Darker than the ‘regular’ version of the 18/60, which is amber. Colour: mahogany. Nose: this version is unexpectedly less rich and deep than the 17yo but also more phenolic, almost a little metallic. Quite some gingerbread, tonic, fresh putty, peat, then cured ham, eucalyptus honey, a little camphor, hints of encaustic, leather polish, even motor oil. At the fruits department we have grapefruits, tamarind and dried figs… The whole is very different from the 17yo indeed, but as for which one is the nicest, it’s impossible to make up our mind – yet. Mouth: we’re much closer to the 17yo now, except that there’s rather more honey and more peat besides all the dried fruits and jams. Becomes more and more phenolic, with an almost big peatiness. As much peat as in very old Laphroaigs, as if HP’s peat didn’t ‘mutate’ as much as Laphroaig’s through the years. Amazingly good whisky for sure. Finish: a tad drier than the 17yo’s but similar in style. A tad waxier as well. Comments: one of the peatiest Highland Parks I ever tried as far as I can remember. Brilliant again. SGP:565 – 94 points.

    Regular version:
    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveseptember05-2.html#230905
    Highland Park 18 yo 1960/1978 (43%, OB, ‘James Grant green dumpy’) Colour: cognac. Nose: very complex, growing very coastal and rather smoky. Great notes of sea air and crystallised fruits, honey and heather. Rather light in fact but really complex. Embrocations, camphor, sweet Chinese sauce, soy sauce… Very nice indeed. Mouth: rather creamy, punchier than expected. Very interesting notes of smoked meat, resins, camphor, dried fruits… Also some ‘arranged rum’ (with pineapple juice). Very, very good, even if perhaps a little less complex than the other ‘HP green dumpies’ I had before. The finish is long, though, just slightly bitter. Anyway, an excellent old official Highland Park again! 92 points (thanks Olivier)

    Both reviews (c) Serge Valentin.

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