Single malt whisky - tasting notes

12 Nov 2010

Highland Park 1987 (SMWS 4.102)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Highland Park

Some of the titles that are given by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society are wonderfully accurate and witty at the same time. I wonder where the description “Smoked duck à l’orange” came from.

It’s a 17 year-old Highland Park bottled in 2001.


 

Highland Park SMWS 4.102 Highland Park 17 yo 1987 
(51,3%, SMWS 2005, 4.102, 260 btl.)

Nose: curious combination of heather and flour. Hints of pineapple, mango and vanilla. Quite some wax. There’s indeed a lovely hint of orange candy, like the hard candy in the form of a mandarin slice. Mouth: roasted nuts, sugar coated almonds, mocha. Then mixing with fresher citrus notes. Toasted, sour yet quite sugary. Yellow plums. Also faint smoke. Finish: nicely candied, with oranges, a little liquorice and a hint of mint.

I guess the comparison with duck à l’orange lies in the roasted / orange combination. A slightly odd Highland Park. Around € 80 back then.

Score: 85/100

Highland Park 1987 (SMWS 4.102) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-11-12

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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