Highland Park 25 Year Old

Highland Park 25 Year Old, 45.7% ABV, $415 CAD

  • Nose: Apples, apple pie, pie crust, sour-dough bread, honey, leather, banana, peach juice, mild chocolate, white, chocolate, old wood, toffee, vanilla ice cream, Mr. Christie’s Arrow Rout cookies, raisins, waffle cones, and a nice malty note.
  • Taste: Sherry, floral, leather, apple, honey, chocolate and white chocolate again, light cinnamon, golden plums, and underripe pears.
  • Finish: So so good! Long, viscous, slightly drying.
  • Thoughts: One of the most complex Scotches I’ve had. You get a little something new each time you go back to the glass. It’s constantly evolving and changing. Great viscosity; you can chew this forever. Delicate and luxurious. Prices on this bottle have skyrocketed (especially at the LCBO), I paid a good price considering, but I don’t think it’s worth more than what I paid from Alberta.
  • Score: 92 + 0 value point(s) = 92/100

 

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Scores:

After my initial score I will add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.

0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.
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My previous scores (including value points):
Ardbeg 10                                                     88.5
Ardbeg Corryvrickan                                 92.5
Ardbeg Kelpie                                              91.5
Ardbeg Uigeadail                                        91.0
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel – Sherry          89.0
Blanton’s Gold                                             87.0
Booker’s (2015-01)                                      89.5
Bowmore 12                                                 84.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1                     92.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3                     94.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1                     89.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3                     90.5
Caol Ila 12                                                     82.0
Compass Box – Peat Monster                    85.5
Eagle Rare 10                                                85.0
Glendronach 12 Original                           83.0
Glendronach 15 Revival                             92.0
Glendroanch 18 Allardice                          90.5
Glendronach 21 Parliament                      91.0
Glenfarclas 25                                              93.5
Highland Park 15                                         87.5
Highland Park 25                                         92.0
Jack Daniel’s SB-BP (16-0574)                   89.0
Kavalan Solist – Sherry Cask (58.7%)       90.5
Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique (57%)   89.5
Lagavulin 16                                                 90.0
Laphroaig 10                                                85.5
Macallan 12 Double Cask                           79.0
Macallan 12 Fine Oak                                 84.0
Macallan 17 Fine Oak                                 87.0
Macallan 18 Fine Oak                                 85.0
Macallan 10 Sherry                                     83.0
Macallan 12 Sherry                                     88.0
Macallan 18 Sherry (1997)                         94.0
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse                   88.5
Sazerac Rye                                                   88.5
Stagg Jr. (Batch 4)                                        83.0
Talisker 25                                                    89.0
W.L. Weller 12                                              88.0

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