Highland Park 1990

Highland Park 1990 (Travel Retail)

Highland Park usually works with age statement whiskies, like their regular 12 and 18 year old whiskies. But some years ago they decided to release a line of vintage whiskies, specially created for travel retail. The vintages included (among others) 1998, 1994, 1973 and also one from 1990, which I’ll review today.

Highland Park 1990/2010 (40%, OB ‘Travel Retail’)

Nose: Very fresh and soft with light peat smoke and herbs. A subtle sweetness with sugar plums, honey and cotton candy make for a pleasant (albeit unspectacular) nose.
Taste: Smooth with a more noticeable peat and smoke influence. A little spicy and bitter, but still elegant. Some tobacco, leather and granola, but also a sweeter side with dates and orange jam.
Finish: Medium and smoky with a hint of rubber (sulphur) in the end.

Rating: 86

A pleasant whisky with enough depth to stay interesting for a while. Interesting side note: I tasted this side by side with the Highland Park Odin, and actually preferred this one.

Thanks to Geert for the sample.

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