Review: Two Highland Park Vintages (1964 & 1968)December 1st, 2009
Two new Highland Park Vintages
There are two new vintages of Highland Park being released. (The older 1964 Vintage will not be imported to the U.S.) While the vintages are both very good, they are distinctively different, as you will see in my review. (Note that prices are in Pounds.)
You say you can’t afford these? No worries. You can’t go wrong with Highland Park 18 year old, at a much more affordable price. And if you can afford these (you lucky dog, you), then start saving up for the next offering: Highland Park 50 year old! Details to follow soon.
Highland Park, 1968 vintage, 45.6%, £2,250
A marriage of eight casks (seven hogshead, one sherry butt). A whisky in excellent shape for its age. Very clean and bright on the palate, with no excessive oak. Notes of lemon tart, Clementine, plum, honeyed vanilla, and polished oak, peppered with clove, soft mint, marshmallow and subtle toasted coconut. Clinging, mouth-coating finish.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 93
Highland Park, 1964 vintage, 42.2%, £3,750
A marriage of two casks (refill hogsheads). Significantly darker in color than the 1968 vintage. Darker (and more serious) in personality too. Red berries (strawberry, raspberry), rhubarb, plum, oak sap, vanilla bean, smoldering peat, coffee grounds, toasted almond, and dusty malt. The finish is long and contemplative, with polished leather, juicy oak and tellicherry pepper.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94