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Highland Park 25 Year Old

Vanilla Privilege...yet, really overpriced

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

17th Sep 2017


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Never in my wildest dreams had I dreamed of trying this one before I actually bumped into it at this whisky festival on Saturday. The price tag of about 700$ is really too expensive for me, so I am really thankful for having had an opportunity to try it, because...frankly, if I ever bought a bottle, I'd be really disappointed. Not because of the whisky, but because of the fact that for this price I could get a few bottles of my favorites that are equally good. All that being said, here it is...

NOSE: (without water) fruity, rounded, floral, apricots, ripe peaches. At first, this whisky is really gentle. It doesn't shout, it whispers. Vanilla sponge cake (delicious!). Now, there is also this subjective sensation you get out of it which is to do with sweetness. Here, it is beautifully polished, like a Rolls Royce surface, unlike the velvety kind of sweetness you get from a lot of other whiskies, if that makes sense. There is also an immature alcohol kick that I've preciously found in a few rums. (with water) It becomes richer in the vanilla department, pizza crust (funnily enough), bergamot black tea leaves. 23/25

TASTE: explosion of dried fruits (raisins). It needed water to really open up into fruitiness and vanilla, as well as revealing a noticeable tobacco note. 22/25

FINISH: a little bit drying with just a hint of peat. Medium length. After adding water you get a vanilla cake here as well. 21/25

BALANCE: 24/25 - nothing is out of place here. Very nice and smooth.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: a beautiful experience, but it's not worth the money you'd pay for a bottle.

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nooch commented

What are some of the favourites you would buy in its stead using that kind of cash?

3 years ago 2Who liked this?

Georgy commented

@nooch Clynelish 14 (3 bottles), Springbank 10 (3 bottles), Highland park 18 (1 bottle). These are awesome )

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casualtorture commented

The 18 is very good. The 25 is out of my reach for now. But you're right. For $700usd I could buy 10 bottles of Arran 14 or 9 bottles of Glenfarclas 12, the list goes on. The Glenmorangie Lasanta I bought yesterday was $55+tax. So what like 12 bottles? This is a fun "would you rather" game.

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MadSingleMalt commented

Four Ardbeg Tens

Five Laphroaig 10 CSs

One crazy Octomore

One Springbank 10

And one Old Grand-Dad 114

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Alexsweden commented

That's all well and good but for me, this is one of the greatest whiskies I have ever tried. A hefty price tag but sweet Lord is it good!

3 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Alexsweden, I am with you on being a huge fan of Highland Park 25 yo. I am not in on paying $ 700 for a bottle of it. If I ever get a bottle of HP25 for myself, it will probably have to be by way of a trade.

3 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@MadSingleMalt Don't forget the partridge in the pear tree.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

@nooch I think $1000 Canadian would go a short way to helping out with the reno costs... so I would probably not buy stuff instead.

However if I were dreaming, maybe a 5 cl sample of Port Ellen and another of Brora, plus shipping.... that should use it up.

3 years ago 0

nooch commented

Hmmmm...I'm going Springbank 21, Highland Park 18, Lagavulin 16...what am I up to at good prices...$600? With the other $400 I'm picking up Glendronach 21, Kilkerran 12, Benromach 10, and Talisker 10. Done.

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