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 18 years before being bottled in 1976. 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.
A 17yo 1958 version bottled in 1975 was superb but maybe a tad less entrancing than other HPs in these celebrated ‘dumpies black labels’ (WF 91). My favourite so far in this series were the non-vintage 17yo (WF 95) and the 21yo 1959 (WF 95). Colour: gold – it’s not one of these dark sherry versions. Nose: extremely distinctive and very ‘old middle-aged HP’, starting on quite some linseed oil, a little linoleum, a good deal of cough syrup and a rather dry form of honeyness, going on with notes of dates and an obvious peatiness, as well as quite some sea breeze and some faint tarry notes. A little marzipan as well, bitter oranges and just hints of fatty cured ham (jamón ibérico de bellota? Whatever…) Superb but that’s hardly a surprise. Great elegance. Mouth: exceptional attack, complex, spicy and honeyed as HP can be, with a good deal of peat and salt on top of many dried fruits (pineapples, figs, bananas) and an obvious leather as well as tiny-wee notes of cardboard or flour. Some oranges too, lemon-flavoured toffees… Wow. Finish: quite long, on a fab combination of honey, fresh oranges and a very elegant sweet and soft spiciness. A faint bitterness in the aftertaste (strong liquorice). Comments: just stellar. Only the wee cardboardy notes on the palate will prevent me from going higher (buggers!) SGP:564 - 93 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||43.0%/ 75cl|