Recently I’ve get the chance to taste come old Highland Park. Thus, I’ve decided to taste some of the samples in hand to have a better idea about the house style.
Highland Park 12yo (40%, OB, 2004)
Yellow brown. Malty, fruity, chocolate, mint. Balanced well. Robust, lightly peated. Hint of nut, very little heather. Smooth, nutty in mouth. Finished long. Robust. Adding water taste better. Score: 80. 2 points higher than award 2004.
Highland Park 18yo (43%, OB, 2004)
Yellow brown. Mint, mature. Lot’s heather. Flowerish. Still a little bit nutty. Even more robust. Nosing is much better than 12yo. A little bit bitter. Finished very nice. Adding water taste much better. Very fruity. Score: 85. Also 2 points higher than award 2004.
Highland Park 25yo 1979 (46%, Murray McDavid, 750b. Mission four)
Yellow Brown. Lot’s of furiy and flower. Nosing very strong. Mint and venella. Balanced, sweet. Finished long. A very nice dram. Score: 90.
Highland Park 37yo 1966/2003 (40.9%, Peerless, Cask#4637, 148b.)
Yellow brown. Nosing excellent. Ripe apple. Mature. Fruity. Weak in palate. What a pity. Very weak finish. Score: 86. I think this one would perform much better if bottled 5 years earlier. Nosing is almost perfect.