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07 Aug 2012

Highland Park 1989 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Highland Park

Next up in the latest series of Malts of Scotland releases is a Highland Park distilled in 1989 and matured in bourbon wood.

 

Highland Park 1989 Malts of ScotlandHighland Park 23 yo 1989 (53,2%, Malts of Scotland 2012, bourbon hogshead, MoS 12030, 281 btl.)

Nose: very youngish, 23 years really? Pear galore, citrus and fresh grassy notes. Malt. Quite some mint as well. Lemon candles. Some flowery hints. After some time a coastal note comes out, which adds a little depth and character, but overall surprisingly bright and easy-going. Mouth: same thing, fresh citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit), slightly candied with a drop of honey. Zesty / floral notes in the background. Again some grasses and wax. Fairly simple. Finish: medium long, on lemon zest and grapefruit with hints of oak.

A fresh and summery Highland Park. Nice and easily drinkable, but not very complex. Also, I’ve seen a couple of younger ex-bourbon versions that were just as interesting in my view. Around € 115.

Score: 83/100

Highland Park 1989 (Malts of Scotland) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-07

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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!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • 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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