Bought – Shop4Whisky (via Amazon), 28th July 2014
95.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
86.13/100 – Whiskybase (average from 25 member votes)
It’s rare for me to buy a whisky without a review, unless it has some trustworthy qualities. In the case of this latest acquisition we have:
- Highland Park (a favourite, and generally always reliable)
- Cask Strength (provides body, a kick, and long finish that I love)
- Produced by Gordon & MacPhail (bottling company with high standards)
So there wasn’t much of a gamble getting this whisky. I’ll be very surprised if, when reviews start to appear, that this bottle gets slated. I’ve now added the rating from Whiskybase and it’s fantastic. 🙂
Gordon & MacPhail, the independent bottlers of this Highland Park, say “each expression in our Cask Strength range is unique. A small selection of casks is carefully chosen and the contents bottled – always at natural strength and colour, with no chill filtering. We invite you to savour Single Malt Scotch Whisky in its simplest form.” But it’s not a free invitation, obviously! 🙂
Distilled on 18/04/2005 in first fill bourbon barrels, and bottled on 07/03/2014, which makes it an 8-year-old whisky. The description on the bottle says “malt, vanilla and fruit aromas. A subtle smokiness develops. The palate is peppery with citrus flavours. A creamy finish with a cigar ash edge.” Just so long as that doesn’t mean someone flicked their cigar into it before it was bottled! 🙂 I jest of course. Sounds delicious!
Update – added the fantastic score from Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2015 where he says of the taste “this is the sweetest a whisky can get without being cloying, the smokiest without being heavy, the spiciest without being aggressive; it is, truly…perfection.” 95.5/100 classifies this Highland Park as “a superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to live.” I’m glad I got it!