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Highland Park 1982 / 1994 Gordon & Macphail Cask #784-786, 788 56.9% vs Highland Park 1983 / 1992 Gordon & Macphail Cask #1556 59.7%

Seems like a bumper crop of young undisclosed Highland Parks has arrived at the independents, most of which seem to have been well received. How about some young HPs from some 25 odd years back?

Highland Park 1982 / 1994 Gordon & Macphail Cask #784-786, 788 56.9%

Intrinsically phenolic but in a quiet way, so just wet earth and traces of black grime without overt smokiness. In fact it’s more dank than phenolic, though a fair dose of camphor and astringent medicinal pouches is evident, somewhat unwelcome too however is a touch of mushy florals. Unfortunately the florals explode on the tongue, next to a hotly medicinal camphor and dried ginger slices. I am not sure if I should chalk it up to a bad sample as this miniature was about half full when I picked it up, or it exists by design because it’s usually very clear when whisky goes ‘off’.

 

Highland Park 1983 / 1992 Gordon & Macphail Cask #1556 59.7%

9 years old! Who said young HPs were a recent thing. A very welcome nose. Oodles of oak and a clear bourbon influence, but never outdoing the very athletic spirit – here boisterous with black earth, a real dirty flinty get your hands in the muck black earth, fresh mulch, resins, musky ambrette seeds, and balsamic. Worn leather and burnt ends. Tinge of sea air, distant peat fires and windblown seagrass mixed with a scraggly thin heather. I almost imagine Orkney and far off chimneys now – it’s can be incredibly windy in Orkney by the way. The fact is the whole is more than the sum of it’s parts and presents a very impressively coherent 9 year old Highland Park, which is an attribute somewhat lost in the recent young HPs, which feel louder, more raw but less melded – though the essence of both are drawn from the same fountainhead.

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