Highland Park 1995 22 Years Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
If you want to taste bourbon matured Highland Park, you’re best bet is to go and see what the independent bottlers have on offer. Like Gordon & MacPhail for example, who have bottled a Highland Park 1995 22 Years Old for The Whisky Exchange.
Finding an official bourbon-matured Highland Park is rare, as the distillery has installed a 100% sherry cask regime in 2004. However, before they did used to fill a percentage of ex-bourbon casks as well. It is from that time, that today’s bottling stems.
Highland Park 1995 22 Years Old (53,2%, Gordon & MacPhail, C#1498)
Nose: Quite spicy and with some minerals. Slightly farmy. There’s heather and straw and earth, before it being lifted by fruity notes of apple peel and pear skin. Finally a hint of cardboard. A tad harsh. While it is bottled at 53,2 percent, I expected this to be a bit more gentle after 22 years of aging.
Taste: A sweet arrival with a gentle peat influence, accompanied by soft spices like white pepper and nutmeg. A whiff of honey, as well as green apples and some bitterness. Somewhat leafy, and there’s green olives here as well. A tad dry.
Finish: Dry and spicy with a hint of smoke.
Not my preferred flavour profile, but an undeniable good whisky. If you like honest, refill bourbon matured Highland Park, you might just think of this even more highly than I do. Available from The Whisky Exchange.
Sample provided by The Whisky Exchange
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.