What a fantastic old example from the Orkney based Highland Park! Distilled way back in the 50's (1958 to be exact) and matured for 17 years before being bottled and exported for the Italian market in 1975. Complete with neck tag.
It's incredibly rare to find bottles like this and we'd love to crack it open and try a dram.
Colour: full gold. Nose: this is perfectly in the style of most HP’s distilled in the 1950’s, that is to say big, oily, peaty and wonderfully dry, without these very honeyed notes that came only one decade later, unless the disappearance of honeyness is another aspect of old bottle effect (OBE). No idea… anyway, this 1958 goes on with rather grassy notes (fresh walnuts, hay), linseed oil, faint hints of lemonade (unusual), getting even a little mouldy. More smoke and more peat come through after a while (burning matches), hints of toasted bread, beer, dark chocolate… Like many of its siblings, it’s rather wild whisky on the nose. Hints of fermenting hay. Mouth: sweet yet nervous, then slightly syrupy (big contrast with the nose) before it gets back to crystallised oranges, kumquats, peat and various kinds of soft spices. Also a tad more honeyed. Extremely satisfying if not the most complex of all old HP’s on the palate. Finish: long, slightly drier (flour) and maltier. Hints of ginger at the aftertaste, also tannins. Comments: of all the old dumpies we could try, maybe this one is the closest to the current range in style. Great whisky anyway. SGP:453 - 91 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||43.0%/ 75cl|