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Highland Park 17-year-old

Overall rating
88.67/100
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195
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Dark
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
28000
Strength
52.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314305536
Added on
28 Aug 2017 3:54 pm by Nidan
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 221,58

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 17-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/highland-park/highland-park-the-dark-17-years/

    Highland Park The Dark 17 yo (52,9%, OB 2017, 28.000 btl.)Nose: a slightly subdued nose. There are sweet blackberries and fig pastry but mainly spices. Cinnamon sticks and roasted (chest)nuts. Soft hints of metal polish.
    Mouth: again a fairly spice-driven sherry profile. Roasted nuts and coffee beans, dark malt, including a light bitter edge of Seville oranges. Then strong herbal tea, juniper and clove. Cinnamon cake. Some heathery smoke towards the end.
    Finish: long, fairly dry, with smoky notes, herbs and a bittersweet dark chocolate edge.

    A fairly dry and spicy expression, perhaps more influenced by the type of wood than by the sherry itself. I started with a lower score but it really grew on me. A bit expensive for what it is, I think, but I admit it looks great. 

  2. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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  3. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nomen est omen: the entire flavor is 'dark': earthy-tarry, leather, roasted aromas, coffee, some smoke, spices.
    Intense and full, not particularly complex, modern powerful-straighter style, in which the HP-DNA (maritime flavors, heath) for my taste goes far too much in sherry.

    But overall one of the better newer HP-OAs, the PLV is - as so often - but a bad joke.

  4. midnite scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Leafy sherry, European oak, herbal richness, and dark, wild honey on the nose. Roasted almonds and creamy marzipan. Old leather and crème brulée. Soy sauce, consommé and game. Very rich and, yes: dark indeed. Less HP smoke on the nose than expected, but it's there, behind wafts of first-fill sherry.

    Oily in the mouth, tongue- and teeth-coating. Sweet at first, then turning towards oak spices and dark-roast Arabica coffee. The smoke accompanies everything but never plays first fiddle. Perfect drinking strength. Sweet and savory at the same time.

    This is all good and well, and excellent modern HP, but the best part is the finish. The fusion of heathery peat smoke, honey and Espresso stays, and stays, and stays, and ... This is a LONG finish, is what I'm trying to say, and the aromas that linger are on point and simply beautiful.

    I was loathe to shell out 170 € for a 17-year-old with a slightly increased ABV, but after trying a sample I have to admit that it's worth it. One of the best whiskies I ever had was the Highland Park 30-year-old at 48%, which I can't afford a bottle off, and this at least comes close. If I had to describe it, I would say: Imagine a mixture of the 30 y.o. (which is fucking sublime) and the "Dark Origins" (which is very good), and you have a rough idea of what awaits you here. Really well-made stuff.

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blueberries, cherries, raisins, hazelnut, chocolate, little coffee, leather, millionaires shortbread, hint of smoke and brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Coffee, hazelnut, brown sugar, millionaires shortbread, leather, dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, little peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, coffee, tobacco, hazelnut, leather, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, smoke and peat.

  6. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Itsme1982 scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    A real typical Highland Park, nice light smoky nose that nevertheless gives depth with a nut shades. it is spicy and fruity on the tongue. After adding a few drops of water, it will rise completely and you will appreciate this whisky even more!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    3-3-2018:

    Nose: cinnamon, ginger, chocolate

    Taste: raisins, coffee beans, hint of smokeFinish: chocolate, fruit (maybe prunes?)
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. SimpleSample scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Better like tea again bad plv
    • Nose
      DDunkle fruits .... the alcohol is something .... fresh
    • Taste
      Not as bitter as the "light" .... sweet with fruit.
    • Finish
      Milder with medium-long finish ... in the end, the tanine get through a bit

  10. Heemhoeve did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was a bit disappointed, expected more. Especially the first nip from the glass is disappointing, attack on your taste buds.
    • Nose
      soft, light peat.
    • Taste
      drunk is disappointing, quite "hard" in the mouth. Become better later.
    • Finish
      Real highland park, long.

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