Review: Highland Park 40 year oldApril 29th, 2008
I have a sample of the new Highland Park 40 year old. My review is below, which will appear in the upcoming issue of Malt Advocate magazine.
93 Highland Park, 40 year old, 48.3%, $1,900
Antique copper color, with some streaks of gold. A complex array of dried fruit on the nose, peppered with dried spice, orange marmalade, dark chocolate and wood shavings. On the palate, the immediate impact is once again is marmalade, followed briefly by bramble before drier notes of dark chocolate, wood shavings, anise and subtle smoke emerge. Dry and spicy on the finish, but never austere. A delicious, contemplative 40 year old Highland Park that has aged gracefully.
This is a permanent addition to the range. Out of curiosity, I tasted it next to the other great Highland Parks (the 30 year old and several very good single cask bottlings over 30 years old). This whisky is in the same league as the others. It’s only down side is that it’s a lot more expensive than the others.