Highland Park 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Light
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
52.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0128A L21 29/03
Added on
28 Aug 2017 3:19 pm by Nidan

Average value

€ 229.31

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272 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 17-year-old

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.21 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    A little over a year ago I tried the Highland Park 17 Year Old The Dark, which had matured on sherry casks and was supposed to represent autumn. I felt it tasted great, but was too expensive. More than 200 EUR for a 17 years old malt is just not right, I think. The counterpart – The Light, to represent the summer – is also 17 years old and bottled at the same 52.9% (so not cask strength) and 28.000 bottles strong. It matured on refill American oak. The price is the same. I hope the quality is as well.

    The nose is soft and sweet on vanilla and roasted pineapple. Lots of heather, soft smoke and a bouquet of wild flowers. Reine Claude plums and pear juice, lemon and lime sherbet. Honey and mint. Pebbles on the beach. A summery shower. I daresay this is complex.

    Great creamy mouthfeel. Vanilla custard and lemon juice go hand in hand with pepper, liquorice and candied ginger. Evolves from fruity and sweet towards brackish and it works like a magical spell. Walnuts and almonds, honey and pears and lots of spices from the oak. Yes, this is complex. In fact, this is magnificent!

    The finish is medium long, nicely piquant and smoky with delicate citrus and lots of vanilla.

    Damn. Fair is fair. This is an outstanding Highland Park!

  2. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious Highland Park, no doubt! Sweet, delicious, even without water to drink well and even better with a few drops! But something in the quality class, there are already half of the money!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Mirabelle compote, creme brulee, vanilla pudding, pear juice, heather, very soft smoke, a little mint, lemon sorbet, with some lychee. Beautiful bourbon barrel nose. With a little water, the vanilla is even stronger and it comes to a delicate lilac
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy, lots of vanilla pudding, very well integrated alcohol, ginger, orange peel, allspice, salt water, licorice, honey, pears, almonds and subtly the smoke again.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Spicy and creamy with ginger and vanilla, with delicate citrus notes and roasted almonds. Beautifully harmonious and quite long!

  3. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I am a fan of good bourbon maturations. That's why this bottle fits me fully. Well done ! Certainly the called price> 200 EUR is completely wrong. Sorry HP, but the PLV doesn't work at all. Just ... and I'll say it very carefully:
    "Anyone who rates this whisky badly has not understood it" (Refill American Oak)
    • Nose
      Just like I like the bourbon stories. It comes fresh and lemon-flowery. A fine vanilla underlines the delicate oak and the subtle smoke. With a little water it's awesome!
    • Taste
      He starts softly but dominantly. Apple-pear-Helene with caramelized nuts hidden in a haze of smoke. He takes his time in the mouth. Small sips are an advantage. The wood is delicately spicy and revitalizes the tongue accordingly. Wow. Well done. Respect!
    • Finish
      Clearly long and wonderfully oily, it slowly lets go, sweetly sour and slightly bitter. This is a tailor-made finish. There is nothing to complain about here except the price. This is not a premium class. It's delicious, ... but doesn't make it to our bar.

  4. 2791knarf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A very nice and complex whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fresh green fruits, pear, a little vanilla, floral.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Vanilla, ginger, a little spicy, pear.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The ginger and vanilla keep giving in the medium to long finish. Hints of citrus are also present to me.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  8. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Fresh pears, sweet citrus notes and burnt heather with nice oak spices
    Full-bodied caramel notes, sweet vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and freshly cut wood. Sweet pear with hints of peat smoke.
    Sweet, long and with a light citrus note.

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I found this more enjoyable than The Dark. No pun intended, it is just so much brighter. In terms of how these compare, they are very appropriately named. The finish was about the same as dry-hopped ciders I’ve had and combined with that peat quality felt almost like that’s what I was drinking. Also too expensive for what it offers, but still a nice dram.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Very bright pear, lime. Floral/rose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Salt/spice really build and drown out some light citrus and floral notes.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Vanilla/woody smoke, appley malt/dry-hopped cider.

  10. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I didn't like it that much with water, it just takes time. 'The Dark' was more successful.
    • Nose
      87 87
      the white oak wood of the bourbon barrels comes into its own here, caramel and vanilla show up, along with roasted aromas, yeast and a little sponge cake, heather and honey, pear and apple, banana, hints of pineapple and orange, and after a while a little brine and creamed horseradish as well as cinnamon
    • Taste
      83 83
      sweet honey and dry oak, vanilla and caramel, ash and maritime notes, spice palette: nutmeg and clove, pepper, mild ginger, the barrel looks used up and has a little too much bitterness, walnut, apple and apricot, heather, malt
    • Finish
      84 84
      Vanilla and caramel, pepper and nutmeg, white oak, slightly bitter with plenty of earthy and ashy tones, apple, ginger and cinnamon, ripe oranges


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