Review: Highland Park 27 Years Old 1988 Wine cask

Category: Island single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Highland Park Distillery

Bottling: Wm Cadenhead’s Wine Cask

ABV: 53.3%

Cost: £130 from Cadenhead’s


What they say:

Distilled in 1988 and bottled July 2015 producing 234 bottles at 53.3% ABV.

What I say:

From Moxies’s Tasting with Moxie – a Festivus for the rest of us. Reportedly matured for 20 years in an ex-bourbon cask before being re-racked into an ex Claret Red wine cask for a further 7 years finish.


Dark umbrous & ruby gold (17/20) slow medium-sized droplet tears with medium legs


Brushfire smoke, equal parts floral and ashes like burning gorse or heather, heather honey, polished antique oak wood, coconut, vanilla, parma violets, peaches and cream, sweet peas


Rich, oily, woody, maple syrup, molasses/demerara sugar, rounded and chewy on the palate, vanilla, herbal, toffee, treacle, butterscotch, heather honey, creamy condensed milk, bourbon cream biscuits


Medium-long, spiced peat smoke and highland cream toffee


Just beautiful, rich with a heavy bourbon influence showing through, this is stunning in its simplicity and gravity/weight of flavours it carries with all the while that heathery Highland Park smoke drifting down of the highlands.

Score: 93/100

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