Review: Highland Park 25 Years Old 1989 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Douglas Laing) / by Jason Hambrey

25 yrs; hogshead
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Highland Park (Kirkwall, Scotland)

An independent bottling of Highland Park as part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Partiucular Range.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Hogshead 10435

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Different in character, yes similar, to typical highland parks with Interesting notes – light sherry, green grape, gooseberry, celery, very light smoke, basil, mint, coucous, caramel,  vanilla ice cream – fresh, fruity, and herbal nose. The nose grows more creamy with time. The palate is fairly sweet, with lots of basil, drying smoke, lemon, vanilla, honey, oak, and malt. Fascinating palate, and very unique (basil isn’t one I usually get). The finish is full, long, and spicy with grape, smoke drying into terrific vanilla, oak, fresh basil, and dry smoke. Fantastic whisky.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very low, at $370.