Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
The MacPhail's Collection
Refill Remade American Hogsheads
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
08/07/16 160871
Added on
27 Sep 2016 12:24 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 236.99

10 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1989 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 points

  1. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Quality shows it's hand every time. This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      A medium to long crispy fruit finish with very light peat on the death. 

  2. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and tasty. 81 points.
    • Nose
      Mild, soft vanilla. Kräutrig-sweet. Green tea with lemon splashes. Also something floral is included.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Slightly kräutrig. A subtle sweetness remains. Distant smoke.

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    G&M are right on with the tating note on the bottle.

    And without all the meaningless adjectives.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    A surprisingly fresh HP.

    Delicious fruit juice all the way.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.


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