1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park Review

1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park 25 Years Review

I was lucky enough to get to try this 1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park at a tasting held at my house by a very kind person who wanted to share some awesome whisky with folks. There’s not a whole lot about this particular bottle online, but what I can tell you is this. It was very obviously aged in sherry barrels (at least partially), it’s between 25 – 34 years old and it’s fantastic.

1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park Info

Region: Islands, Scotland

Distiller: Highland Park
Bottler: Gordon and Macphail
Mashbill: 100% Malted barley
Cask: ex-Sherry
Age: NAS (bottled in the 80s)
ABV: 52.8%

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: NA – Auction, Specialty Store or Private Seller

1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park Review

EYE
Dark amber

NOSE
Sherry, sulfur, hazelnut, dark fruit, spiced fruit cake, waxy cocoa and a bit of varnish and mustiness. The aroma has a sense of age and depth, but a bit harsh in its delivery.

PALATE
Sherry, dark fruit, cocoa, orange peels, spice, peat, tannic oak and dried cherries with a bit of lime. The musty quality shows up a bit here and reminds me of OBE (Old Bottle Effect).

FINISH
A long oak and raisiny dark fruit fade layered with hazelnuts and smoke.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Well balanced, round body and a heavy oily feel.

OVERALL
1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park is a lovely whisky with a bold character that overall comes off like smoked dried cherries. The sherry barrel influence is apparent from the color alone, but that sherry character is a bit lighter than I’d expect if it was 100% first-fill barrels. This could mean it’s either a combination of mostly sherry barrels with some bourbon barrels or was a mix of sherry barrels at various levels of re-fill, but with most of them being first-fill. Either way, it was a truly fantastic whisky.

SCORE: 90-92/100 (A-, consumed at a tasting)

Thanks to Alex G for the tasting
  • Nose - 92
  • Palate - 92
  • Finish - 92
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 92

1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park 25 Years Review - Score Breakdown

1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park is just plain awesome.

1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park 25 Years Label

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2 Responses to 1955 Gordon and Macphail Highland Park Review

  1. Is that a bottle of La Guita Manzanilla en Rama to the left? Does the sherry notes of the whiskey matches with the Manzanilla en Rama extreme almondy notes of the non-filtered sherry style? This tasting seemed very interesting, can we expect a future post about it? Great site, keep the amazing work!

    • You have a fantastic eye sir. Yes we were comparing the two and there was a bit of the almond nuttiness to the whisky, but the most interesting thing about having them side by side was seeing how subtle the similarities were and how drastically different they were at the same time. Unfortunately I didn’t take great notes on the sherry itself, just more of a side-by-side comparison of the similarities for reference.

      Cheers!

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