Douglas McGibbon Highland Park Tasting Notes

Posted: September 6, 2011 in Highland Park, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Highland Park 1999 (11 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: Sept 1999 Btl; Apr 2011/ Tasted: Apr 2011

A nose awash with toasty oak and coastal salinity along with a hint of fish and some earthy cereal and malt. The palate is lightly oiled with the caramel oak flattening the edges. Some oily fruit, malt and barley are all present. Good length with some fresh coastal citrus notes and hints of tarry, light peat.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Highland Park 1998 (13 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0718/ Dist: Sept 1998 Btl: Aug 2011/ Tasted: Aug 2011

Serious off notes on the nose. It really smells like drains with burnt caramel and spirity notes. Very unpleasant. The palate is sickly sweet, almost butyric with burnt caramel/ toffee and decaying vegetation. It’s also a bit fizzy on the finish too!

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Highland Park 1998 (14 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0990/ Dist: Jun 1998 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: May 2013

Crisp and clean, lightly coastal aromas mingle with some leafy Oloroso before moving into dark, malty aromas with hints of treacle, liquorice, manure and earthy-peat. I would definitely struggled to identify this as Highland Park and there is a faint sulphur blemish here too. 

Quite full but again that sulphur blemish is evident. Quite earthy with moist raisinated and prune like dried fruits along with hints of malt, tobacco and earthy-peat. Very intense, mouth-wateringly alcoholic finish with a sulphury bitterness.

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