A very old Highland Park bottled by the oldest independent bottler in Scotland, Cadenhead's, who have long championed the absence of colouring and chill filtering.
Distilled in May 1957 and bottled April 1979 this is a lovely bottling of Highland Park in the old dumpy style bottle.
Highland Park 1957 21 Years Cadenhead (Bot. 1978)
20 years in wood plus 35 years in glass plus genuine old sherry wood, that should be perfect. Colour: amber with greenish hues. Nose: oh my oh my oh my. It’s one of these old peaters (rather medium peated in this case) that became splendidly sappy and resinous. I’ll keep this short but this combination of all kinds of old syrups and medicines with all kinds of raisins and other dried fruits is just matchless. This is exactly why I won’t score just any new booze over 95 – bee it some mundane blend by a wealthy multinational or some two years old newmake by a cool little Outer-Mongolian distillery that’s needs or deserve more exposure. We really need room for this kind of glo… , well, it’s also booze after all. Or should I go over 100 just to try to be smart? Nah, don’t worry… Mouth: orgasmic. Granted, we could do with a little more ‘modern’ power and creaminess, but other than that, it’s a maelstrom of phenolic, leathery, fruity and waxy notes. The peat remains really noticeable after all these years (are you kidding? It’s even kind of big!) Great chartreuse (I’ve heard from an old friend who’s an MW, who’s one of the very best winemakers in the world and who knows his Highland Park that the latest yellow Chartreuse ‘Cuvée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France – Sommeliers’ was on par with the best Tarragones – hear, hear!) Finish: endless, clean, incredibly complex. It’s a liqueur and not just any liqueur. Comments: I’m sorry about the maltoporn. I know, whiskyfun.com can sometimes become frankly unbearable, I’m deeply sorry. Actually, I’m not ;-). SGP:574 - 96 points.(Patrick, tu es un chef!)
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||45.7%/ 75cl|