Bought: Whiskysite, Holland, 23th May 2015
90/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
86.32/100 – Whiskybase (average from 58 member votes)
This 20-year-old Highland Park is the oldest of the affordable ‘year’ series for ‘Travel Retail’ that came out before the current Warrior Series. The other years are 1994, 1998 and 2001. At least, those are the ones still available and don’t cost a fortune. The Whisky Bible mentions a 1978 for ‘Travel Retail’ with a fantastic score of 95.5/100 but Whiskybase only list it in European shops outside the UK (here), and starting at €619 (£450). I could get a bottle from Holland for €650 but only if I go insane, or win the lottery.
Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible is very complimentary about the HP 1990. He says of the taste “sublime delivery: an almost perfect degree of oil to let the honey slither into its rightful place at the head of the flavour queue with toffee vanilla not far behind.” About the finish he adds “long, with a buzzing smokiness”. 90/100 puts this whisky in the category of “brilliant”.
Over 86/100 on Whiskybase is an excellent mark. Comments from reviewers include “a pleasant whisky with enough depth to stay interesting for a while.” And “this is a great HP expression. Not a bad thing to say about this, a quality dram.”
Here’s Frozen Summers with their thoughts on YouTube (March 2016):