Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintage 1998
40% ABV/80 Proof
$55 to $65 per liter
Travel Retail Exclusive
What the Distillery Says:
This variant of Highland Park is exclusively for global travel retail and duty free markets and was first released in April 2010, having been distilled in the year of Highland Park’s bicentenary.
1998 was the year in which New Labour swept to power in the UK whilst the USA was rocked by the Monica Lewinsky affair. In a pioneering move, California banned smoking in bars and restaurants and the first Euro coins were minted. France defeated Brazil in the FIFA World Cup final and Titanic swept the board with 11 Oscars. The world said farewell to the talents of Frank Sinatra, Roy Rogers and, tragically, Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Appearance: Rich, golden, clear and bright.
Nose: Opaque honey, dried grass with ginger spicy notes. Dried apricot emerges late.
Palate: The vanilla and honey sweetness developed from a dozen years in American oak is perfectly balanced with the emergence of the aromatic heather peat smoke. Sweet notes of cinnamon and cashew nuts emerge.
Finish: Sweet with medium lingering spice and smoke
What Richard Says:
Nose: Herbaceous and a little sweet.
Palate: Smoky, nutty, and vanilla sweetness.
Finish: Smoky and a little spicy hot.
Comments: This is an odd one. I’ve given it to a few folks and they all say the same thing. “This doesn’t taste like Highland Park.” I kind of agree. All the Highland Park DNA is there with the honey sweetness, heather, peat, smoke, etc. but it just doesn’t feel like Highland Park. I am usually on the lookout for travel retail exclusives whenever I travel because I like to try new things. This one I find very average. It’s more costly (size adjusted) than the standard 12 year old and doesn’t taste as good. Unless you’re a “must have everything Highland Park” drinker then I’d probably skip this one.
What Matt Says:
Matt has not had a chance to taste this whisky yet.