Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Wine Cask
Stated Age
28 years old
10 years in Port Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Jan 2017 10:34 am by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 271.67

14 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 1988 CA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.62 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] Oops, the experts rated this one better than the WB members (Jim 94, Serge 90) which is quite unusual because often it is the other way around. A clear case to check this dram by myself (I bought a bottle for 220 Euro in July, 2019)...

    ...and my taste buds are with the experts! This is a perfect double maturation with the port impact extremely balanced to the Highland Park profile. A Traditional Scotch style malt at its best - and it is dangerously quaffable.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose it (never drink out of these glasses because the whisky tastes dull, they are intended for nosing only). Right after serving the typical fat Highland Park profile develops with honeys, heather flowers, waxes, herbs (camphor, melissa) and distant whiffs of smoke. After some breathing the port shows up with sour and fruity aromas (peaches). All very balanced and without any off-note. Later chalky-mineral and earthy notes join in that remind me a little of old dunnage warehouses. Hey, this is a very fine nose!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is nicely layered and starts - contrary to the nose - with the sour-sweet winey flavours but some bitter-herbal wooden notes strike back very soon. Then the fruits jump in (oranges, peaches, berries) supported by delicious molten barley sugars to turn the taste back sweet again. But waxes, oils and earthy flavours save the balance with more umami notes. This is both complex and delicious, I really enjoy both to explore and to quaff this dram.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a creamy texture. No distracting bitter or drying moments here. The finish is long and adds some more bitter notes of tea and herbs (eucalyptus?) without harming the fine balance of the profile. Again no bitter or drying moments, this was bottled at the perfect time (compliments to Cadenhead for this!). Water turns the nose even bolder and the taste more quaffable but the layers are gone now. I like to explore this dram neat and enjoy to drink it both neat and a little reduced.

  2. Shane_IL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Lovely sublime dram, all the various components meld together beautifully. The rich wood and fruit notes from the port gave it such a lovely, thick character. Really a work of art that needs to be drank over a long evening to be appreciated.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    • Nose
      Creamy vanilla. Rich wood. Fine coal dust. Fruit punch with an underlying layer of dust and something slightly ashy. Scorched fruits, blueberries.
    • Taste
      Grassy. Some green herbs. Rich fruits and raisins. Powdered sugar. Some winey spice.
    • Finish
      Long. Winey spice carries through. Coal dust. Black cherries. Sweet wine cake. Slightly drying tannins right at the end.

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very complex balanced port maturation.

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Highland Park bottled by Cadenhead. Haven't had such dark grape notes very often. At the same time there is a sweet white wine note.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Sweet fruits, citrus fruits, dark grapes, some berries, vanilla, some herbs.
    • Taste
      Dark grapes, berries, raisins, sugared white wine.
    • Finish
      Medium. Again some sweet wine, dark grapes and some oak (not bitter at all).


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