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Highland Park 17-year-old

Overall rating
87.43/100
votes
167
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Light
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
refill American oak casks
Number of bottles
28000
Strength
52.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314305529
Added on
28 Aug 2017 3:19 pm by Nidan
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 216,31

67 × in wishlist

167 × member ratings

689 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 17-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.43 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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!

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Light

    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!

  3. Frank1972 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nothing wrong with it but I found it too light for my palate but there were some decent flavours in the mix.
    The Dark is much better flavours wise.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. mosesumike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Am a friend of good bourbon maturations. That's why this bottle suits me perfectly. Well done ! But the price called> 200 EUR is completely wrong. Sorry HP, but the PLV does not work. Only ... and I say it very carefully:
    "Who rated this whisky badly, did not understand it" (Refill American Oak)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Just as I like the Bourbon stories. He comes fresh and lemon-flowery. A fine vanilla underscores the delicate oak and subtle smoke. With a little water that is a hammer nose!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft but dominant, he sets off. Apple pear helene with caramelized nuts hidden in the smoke veil. He needs his time in the mouth. Small gullets are an advantage. Delicately spicy, the wood announces itself and animates the tongue accordingly. Wow. Great. Respect!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Clearly long and wonderfully oily, it leaves sweet and sour and slightly bitter going slowly. This is a tailor made to measure. There is nothing to complain about except the price. This is not a premium class. He's delicious, but does not make it to our bar.

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky, light and complex enough. It was released as a summer expression (in opposing to The Dark) and HP succeeded with that very well - fruity and flowery character is easily recognizable. However, the price is set very high (around 200 euros while 28k bottles released - a bit strange price, right?) making this bottling rather collector's item than a daily dram.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet, vanilla, pomelos, ripe pears, pineapple and honey notes, gentle smoke, more honey and meadow flowers after adding water
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy (white pepper?), slightly coastal, honey, fudge, walnut, pear, oak, lemon zest
    • Finish
      Medium-long, spicy, warm, nutty, slightly oaky, red berries notes, slightly smoky and sooty at the end

  10. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

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