Highland Park 25, 2013 edition, 45.7%

The final dram in the Highlands & Campbeltown tasting at De Whiskykoning! According to The Ultimate Spirits Competition this whisky is perfection. They scored it 100/100 points. So let’s all buy this, stop blogging and never drink anything else, right!

I have the feeling that Highland Park 25 has become much more sherried over the last couple of years since in my memory they 25 year old about 6 to 8 years ago was a lot lighter in colour. I do remember from last year’s Blind Tasting Competition that last year’s release was really heavily sherried too, maybe even more so than in 2013.

Anyway, any big competition that awards something as subjective as whisky the perfect score loses all credibility. It’s all based on flavour after all. What are you going to do when you taste the Highland Park 30 next year, or they improve something that you didn’t see coming?

Highland Park 25 in it's near empty glory

Highland Park 25 in it’s empty glory

Slightly sweet with barley and fruits. Stewed fruits I guess, but also some dried ones. Fruit jam with puff pastry. It does have a slight bite but still feels a bit thin.

The palate continues on the same track. It’s very gentle, very easy going. The fruitiness never gets really big. The wood and barley flavours never get really big. There’s not a lot of spiciness going on. It’s all very delicious though.

On the finish we go back to the fruit jam. Strawberry, apricot. Also winegums.

My tasting notes are not the best. At this point during the evening we were all too busy ridiculing the Ultimate Spirits Competition.

Anyway, if this whisky is perfect, than perfection is rather boring. It’s a very delicious dram, but with such a high score there is no one, apparently, at the USC board that finds something to object to in this whisky. Which means it’s not really exciting either. It’s a bit too friendly to me. There’s nothing to talk about apart from all flavours being rather mellow. Not my favourite whisky, not even of the evening.

It is quite pricy though. A few years ago I saw Highland Park 25 around somewhere between € 125 and € 150. I think that was around 2009. Now it’s almost € 300, so if you want this, be prepared to break the bank!

Highland Park 25, 2013 edition, 45.7%, € 285 at De Whiskykoning


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Highland Park 25, 2013 edition, 45.7%

  1. pr0mille says:

    Giving a 100/100 will destroy everything, it will be all about finding the flaws.

    Got one in 2011 (48.1%) and I remember it being broader and more complex than the younger Hp’s and even a 35 I ever tasted (although that was a single cask by an Indie). Longer after taste too.

    I really loved it, but ridiculous price now. I payed around 110, so almost tripled now.

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