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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1989 GM
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.92 points
- Quality shows it's hand every time. This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
The first thing I get is liquorice all sorts, custard cream biscuit, cinder toffee, a hint of smoke, could be wrong, cream cracker, mixed fruit and for some strange reason aniseed, but only just.
As soon as you take a drink and give it some time in your mouth you know straight away that this is a nice well balanced dram. Subtle hints of smoke mixed with vanilla and white pepper. Smooth and creamy fruit notes. Wonderful.
A medium to long crispy fruit finish with very light peat on the death.
- Sweet and tasty. 81 points.
Mild, soft vanilla. Kräutrig-sweet. Green tea with lemon splashes. Also something floral is included.
Sweet herbs with some caramel. Buttery and velvety / oily. Almost a bit watery. Pastry notes are then added and the vanilla becomes more intense and fuller. So the palate needs a few moments.
Rather short. Slightly kräutrig. A subtle sweetness remains. Distant smoke.
- G&M are right on with the tating note on the bottle.
And without all the meaningless adjectives.
- A surprisingly fresh HP.
Delicious fruit juice all the way.
Light and pure fruity.
Delightfully clean and apeticing.
The tasting note sais "ripe nectarins and mangos with a twist of lime" and this is pretty accurate.
Add it all together and to me it's very close to juicy clementines.
I find it rather difficult to detect any smoke, but I don't miss it on this one.
Complete absence of vanilla, oak or any wood notes.
The taste is also extremely fruity.
Opening on sweet juicy white fruits, going into some darker notes of lightly spiced red berries.
Maybe a little "thin in the body" but I find it clean and ballanced without any off notes.
I had hopes of a little longer finish, but it ends at about medium lenght.
It stays soft and gentle all the way through, ending on light choco and hazelnuts.