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Highland Park 30 Year Old

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@Stu_RReview by @Stu_R

3rd Feb 2010

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Nose: The classic heather honey sweetness is there alongside the equally classic dark chocolate coated orange peel and ginger. There is something else, lighter and more citric as a back note with a slightly metallic note that makes for a wonderfully fresh nose for a malt of this age.

Feel: For me this is near perfect, rich and mouth coating yet not at all cloying.

Taste: Surprisingly light at first with citrus, lime and a little grapefruit before smokey edges drift in with the ginger, chocolate and orange from the nose. The oak balances beautifully with a touch of toffee and cinnamon.

Finish: The oak takes grip but within the limit and a coppery sharpness adds balance. Persistent ginger and orange with a dark caramel sweetness carry through the considerable length.

A truely classic malt for me. I have tried the Highland Park 30 over a few different years now and, while it changes slightly as different notes take centre stage it always seems balanced and beautifully elegant.

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8 comments

@galg
galg commented

too bad it's so expensive.

10 years ago 0

@PeatAndMeat
PeatAndMeat commented

@galg Yeah price but an outstanding dram. It'd not going to be on your shopping list every month though...

10 years ago 0

Kaspergvalentin commented

Tonnes better then the 25yo, it's a perfect example of an old HP. It's a great dram.

10 years ago 0

@Stu_R
Stu_R commented

I didnt think much to last years 25 compared to some older examples I have tried. The 30 has always been my favourite. They are quite different animals though.

10 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

I prefer the 30yo over the 25yo as well. But the 21yo (first version) is still better, certainly when you consider the price.

10 years ago 0

@Stu_R
Stu_R commented

Indeed the 21 (as you said, first version) is a fantastic Highland Park and the price really was very good for such a whisky. Im not sure which I would choose if I had to pick just one though.

10 years ago 0

Kaspergvalentin commented

Lucky, the 47% should be on it's way back to us again soon. HP had trouble sourcing enough casks to supply the 21 @ 47%, but they recently bought back a helluva lot of casks so that they can do just that.

10 years ago 0

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