Highland Park 17-year-old

Overall rating
88.26/100
votes
526
Whiskybase ID
WB100189
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 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0525Y
Barcode
5010314305536
Added on
28 aug 2017 3:20 pm by Nidan
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 296.51

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526 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 17-year-old

79 users have left 84 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.26 points.

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Better than the Fire, but even so, in the same price range it is still a bit over priced.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark and robust.
      Red fruits, licorice and spice.
      Actually quite deliciouse.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Yep, the nose delivers.
      Heavy sherry notes, chocolate and coffee.
      Spicy with a growing dryness after the sweet arrival.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A bit too dry.
      But still a savoury finish that lasts a long time.

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  3. DrOmega scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Tawny color. Warm nose and strong aroma of sweet/red fruit, light peat and lots of sherry. Warm and viscous mouthfeel, very full body. Palette is strong sherry style with sweet, fruit, spice and light soft peat. Long finish that seems limited at first but the undertone of fruit lingers for a long time. Perfect balance, strong intensity and complex. A super strong sherry whisky with soft smoke.

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An excellent, interesting whisky that definitely has a few differentiating features from other sherry whiskys.
    23 23 22 21
    • Nose
      You immediately feel the power and assertiveness of thick sherry!
      Very light smoke, at the level of traces.
      Chocolate, creamy chocolate, figs, dates, creamy hazelnut nougat, peat-smoked prunes.
      There is also sulfur and malt.
      The second wave I feel sunflower oil and awakened malt.
    • Taste
      A lot of sweetness of overripe and dried, and then smoked dried fruits (prunes, pears, dried apricots, apples, figs).
      I don't even want to add water! It is deep and complex, rich, buttery and luxurious.
      The second wave is chocolate and leather, creamy pudding.
      Bitter-sour apricot and its bone. Sherry notes of raisins here are somehow modified during long exposure.
      Well, of course. where without spices - ginger, black pepper.
    • Finish
      Copper, tart, you don’t feel the tannins and bitterness of the tannins of the barrel at all, in the end it becomes dry and, as it were, preserves itself until you drink water.
      The dryness here is the very tannins.

  5. TimkoT scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. SebStar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I am in between. On the one hand you have a really well made sherry malt with a 17 year maturation in pre-assigned sherry casks. A modern intense sherry profile, especially on the nose. It tastes very good. On the other hand, I miss the combination of light peat flavor and the heathery note that I like so much about Highland Park, which is so characteristic for me. And of course you can't ignore the high price. I compare him e.g. with a Glendronach Allardice, the 18-year-old Highlander would have the edge over me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The 17 years of aging in sherry casks are unmistakable. Right from the start a torrent of aromas of raisins, dried tobacco leaves, figs and dates. There are also red berries pickled in forest honey. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ground kitchen herbs and also a very aromatic note of wood resonates. Just the classic olfactory composition of an intense sherry malt. As is so often the case with Highland Park, I don't have any superficial smoke aromas in the smell. If so, then rather subtly in the background, but it could also be the previously mentioned oak wood of the barrels that triggers this association here. With more air, orange peels lying on the warm stove also appear, which release their essential oils into the room air. But what I miss is the heather note that is always typical for me with HP. Unfortunately I don't have that at all.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The whisky begins with a powerful attack. Here, the 52.9% alcohol content shows its effect beautifully - with the alcohol being very well integrated. First a sweetness reminiscent of the dark berries, dates, figs and forest honey from the nose. Then it quickly changes towards ginger with cinnamon and nutmeg and a spiciness coming from the wood. Some smoke flavor might also be present. Dark chocolate with roasted hazelnuts, sometimes with some skin on, with a slight bitterness. But here, as in my nose, I have no heather and no earthy peat either.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Towards the end it becomes slightly astringent on the cheeks. The spicy finish slowly ebbs away and lingers longer in the mouth with nice smoky woody notes and a combination of leather and tobacco notes.

  8. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice sherry malt with a light smoky note.
    Not more but also not less.
    • Nose
      88 88
      smoky sherry notes, dark fruits, dried fruits, caramel, berries, some furniture polish, spicy oak
    • Taste
      88 88
      spicy sherry start. Dark dried fruits, oak, leather, light smoky notes
    • Finish
      87 87
      spicy, sweet, lots of sherry, leather, a little bitter.

  11. Derufus scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Smokersroom76 scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    The best whisky for 14 years, if I had only one whisky it would be The Dark.

  15. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  16. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  17. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, sweet, dark and thick drink.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark dried fruits fill the drink abundantly. Dates, prunes, figs, raisins lying on a tobacco leaf.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, thick, rich, dense and persistent, it is full of dark dried fruits, slightly fumigated with smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet, bright, hot, long.

  18. Schafranek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Finn2206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great savoury whisky, but it is a bit pricy for what you get.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark red fruits, spice, a little hint of peat.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sherry, red fruits, chocolate, subtle peat throughout the whole taste.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish where the taste slowly becomes less noticable.

  21. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, strawberries, blackberries, nice and sweet, very light grassy, flowery, some wood, I have no smoke at all, moldy .. hmm, the old wood for me - but it could actually be the smoke, with a little warmth also comes pine needles and a few herbs
    • Taste
      slightly honey in the front and minimal fruit, lime, very dark chocolate, wood, some earth, some pepper, but I have no smoke there either .....

  22. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Cinnamon sticks, pine and ginger with chocolate chip cookies and fruit cakes that add sweetness. Powerful and dry raisins and red dried fruits. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and tobacco. Some smoke ..
    Mint, chocolate ice cream, plums, almonds.

  23. thebonewolf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This is ok, but costs more than it should. I did really like the spicy elements, it’s something new to me and while it’s not in line with my preferred profile, I did enjoy the unexpected change.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Fruity, nutty, woody, light smoke/spice.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sherry sour, smoke, big ramping heat.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Oak, cinnamon. Medium-long. Malt late.

  24. kimmosuo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      78 78

  25. Expraesi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  26. Mapl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
      Watch out for sulfur
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant and happily also full-bodied. Where HP starts to get interesting.
    • Nose
      88 88
      really smoky, very sweet orange, roasted almonds, vanilla, intense but velvety caramel, apple, raisins, hazelnut cream, plum compote, a little pepper and marzipan
    • Taste
      87 87
      beautiful full-bodied and peaty with caramel, full of sherry, the ripe oranges are of course not missing, the spice fraction is also very well represented with black pepper and cinnamon, as well as vanilla, apples, pleasantly dark and oaky, prunes, creamy
    • Finish
      87 87
      warm and long-lasting, fruity oranges mix with fatty sherry, fine smoke with lean smoked ham, hazelnuts, caramel, dark chocolate, pepper, and far away sulfur

  28. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious!

  29. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. MickMatrix scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice old cellar in the aroma. Subtle smoke on the background. Clear sherry and very intense.

  31. sakis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a good sherry malt that is more on the spicy side. He shows a strong and interesting character in the style of the modern sherry malt. However, it is also significantly too expensive at offer prices of around 150 euros. For me a malt in the range of 100 euros.
    (Rating: o)
    • Nose
      88 88
      present spiciness with a noticeable wood note; delicate dark; Fruit notes; Dried fruits; Blackberries; Caramel; Herbs; Spices; some furniture polish; initially more on the spicy than sweet-fruity side and over time the fruit sweetness gets through more
    • Taste
      89 89
      spicy; woody notes; Raisins; Plum jam; dark chocolate; Leather notes; Coffee; some cinnamon; delicate smoke note
    • Finish
      87 87
      Oak wort (slightly bitter-bitter); Sweet; Bitter chocolate; Cinnamon; delicate leather touch; espresso

  33. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Complex; Malt; Heather; beautiful smoke; dark fruits; Old barrel comes through (leather and tobacco leaves)
    • Taste
      Spicy; tender smoke; strong oak; Malt; Dried fruits; Cinnamon spicy; always malt and heather; light, buttery caramel and vanilla note;
    • Finish
      Fruity; light fruit; Campfire smoke; Dried fruit; Smoke grows cold, campfire goes out;

  34. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Sergm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great dram. Great balance of dried fruits, light aromatic peat,
    and spiciness. At a great strength.

  36. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. S_S scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  38. P.K.S scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    a lot of sherry, Vanilla some lemon comming tru, mild frut flaver at the end. it puls down in points because of the price.

  39. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Great balance between sherry and peat. Dried fruits, aromatic fruity peat. Thich, not as alcoholic at the abv suggests. Brown sugar, milk chocolate, BBQ meat and cola notes. With water becomes more peaty
    • Taste
      Intense sherry, and aromatic peatiness. Herbal

  40. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    From the scent, you can tell quite a significant difference compared to The Light. Here, everyone just has to hit ex-sherry barrels blindly. Alcohol again beautifully integrated, almost imperceptible in taste.

    In the scent I find a hint of lovage or Maggi, cloves, cinnamon, a bit of stale, dried orange, cane sugar, milk chocolate, figs and dates, and the slightest hint of smoke on top of that. The scent is constantly changing and evolving with each new sniff.

    The taste is simply divine! Definitely one of the best sherry whiskys I've had the honor of drinking so far. Dense, heavy, spicy, spicy and filling the whole mouth. Milk caramel blinks, but the dominant is peppery and incredibly spicy tone. Almost like a bite into a rather raw prepared steak sprinkled with ground pepper. At the same time, however, there is also a feeling of sweetness.

    The finishing is very long, so just as pleasantly hot, as when you have chili.

    An absolute sensation! If the tasting of the second half of the sample will be just as intense, then I will definitely not miss the bottle, even though the price is at least non-Christian.

    A few drops of water do not bring anything significant. Probably just a more pronounced hint of dark chocolate in the taste, as opposed to chili. At the end, it turns into woodiness.

    (Evaluated on a sample basis.)

  42. Kensay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    the first nose is sharp enough, vanilla red fruits and citruses
    Vanilla butter body, sharp enough, high concentration of lemonade
    The aftertaste is vanilla, more reminiscent of some cheap sweets with a lot of flavorings than good whisky
    In general - for such a distillery and age, a rather disappointing malt that you don’t want to return to

  43. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  44. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I was really surprised by this, quite heavy but very tasty and much better than the 17 year Light version.
    I have another sample from a different bottle so will check out again soon.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  45. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. face scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Will not meet my expectations for the second test. This is a good, dense-intensive sherry malt the spicy direction. Sulfur is present (which does not always have to be something bad), I have a slight "artificial sweetness" in the nose, which I like less.

    What surprises me, these are the descriptions and sometimes very high ratings of the Dark of many of me valued users in various forums, blogs, videos and here in the whisky base, which I can not understand. There is little of much oak and sulfur and a lot of intense sherry, typical HP herbs and spices, intense fruitiness and the like. to read.

    Could it be that the "limited 28,000 bottles" are not bottled in and out of batches, and some have just as I (and others) caught a "not so good" batch? Is the sample just faulty? Or are the impressions really so different with this HP? Who knows ...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Also in the second test of the Dark comes a bit of sulfur in the nose, and even three quarters of an hour after pouring and repeated panning. Behind it follow oak and ripe dark fruits. The slightly artificial "Edradour-sweetness" will step into the background with time. Raisins and some plum jam will be more intense.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Comes very intense and compact in the mouth: plum, raisins, oak and yes, even in the mouth follows a little tender sulfur. Very dense and tingling, the 52.9% make a lot of steam. The mouth feeling I feel much better than the nose at the second test; The dense fruitiness with slight sweetness alternates with oak and sulfur.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The medium long to long finish is again dominated by the oak, followed by herbs, dark forest soil notes, a little sulfur. A very spicy sherry profile on the finish.

  48. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Here the evaluation is even more difficult than with the Light. I already said it. The packaging probably costs a lot of money. Because this bottle is actually not worth more than 100 EUR. Sorry HP, but the PLV doesn't work at all.
    • Nose
      Admittedly great nose. But only with time and water. Then there are pleasantly dark fruits behind a delicate smoke with lots of caramel and berry-like sweetness. Anyone who sniffs exactly will find complexity. A Christmas dream in front of the fireplace! Well done.
    • Taste
      Smoky sweetness with a spicy, sharp start. Now comes the full Scherry program. A Christmas market in a glass. Malty and nutty with metallic notes. It is therefore slightly salty.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and spicy oak, the smoke slowly fades away with ashy notes. Slightly bitter but always on the sweet side, it convinces despite the price. I'll buy another one. Wait for bargains. I like the.

  49. Kaleva scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Decent whisky, quite spicy and “heavy” making it a really winter dram. Quite closed without dilution but getting vivid sherry character with water. Rather enjoyable expression despite “dirty” notes in the nose. Although there is nothing really outstanding in this expression, it’s very expensive as for 17-year-old of this quality and this amount (28 000) bottled. Even a fancy packaging cannot be an excuse.
    • Nose
      Slightly sweet and dusty, tad malty. Very light smoke, cinnamon and cloves, ginger, raisins, baked apple, caramel, blood oranges, citrus peel, wet cardboard, solvent notes. Water opens up strong sherry notes: dried dark fruits, cane sugar, amplifies caramel
    • Taste
      Spicy (peppers and ginger), slightly salty and bitter, industrial notes (motor oil, metal shavings), malt, walnut shell, lemon zest
    • Finish
      Medium-long, slightly spicy and sweet, oak and malt and ash notes

  50. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] After Macallan the Highland Park is second in heavy marketing - distilleries that once were famous for great drams but now their marketing department does not really care about quality any longer. Most of the recent releases of these distilleries were sub-standard in quality but priced like a super-premium product. Astonishingly, this strategy seems to work (except on my taste buds)...

    ...and this release is a perfect example of that strategy. The quality is abysmal but they sell it for a hell of money (in a fancy packaging). This is a dram for all who prefer design over taste - I do not. To be honest, I would not spend any money on such a whisky (because I do not enjoy any low-quality drink)...
    • Nose
      81 81
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a dirty modern sherry profile that is ... nothing else than weakish. There are almost no pleasant aromas to find (like fruits, honeys or spices) but many dull "artificial" ones (old papers, candlewax, matches, brackish water). This is not even a shadow of the great HP noses of the past.
    • Taste
      78 78
      The taste is sulphur-spoiled (matches) and dominated by bitter flavours. Later some chocolatey flavours pop up but even they are not able to turn this profile into something good. Water just strengthens the sulphur both in the nose and on the palate, I do not like this dram neither neat nor reduced.
    • Finish
      75 75
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and sulphurous-coating (this unpleasant scurfy impression) and turns bitter-drying over time. The finish is long what is no advantage in this case. It starts bitter-astringent and gets even more bitter and more astringent towards the end. Sorry, but I used the spittoon.

  51. schengel10 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    With 180,00 € damn expensive - but you get for an intense HP in mature sherry barrels of European oak was allowed!
    • Nose
      dark fruits (raisins, berries), sherry, tobacco, wet wood, leather, smells "old";
    • Taste
      strong intense onset, complex, sherry, dark fruit, spicy, oak, dark chocolate, oily, mouth-filling, very soft smoky notes;
    • Finish
      long, warming; dry off;

  52. Vallado scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Decent whisky, the typical Highland Park character takes a back seat here. The currently called 180 € he would not be worth it to me. From my point of view, the dram lacks a bit of complexity overall.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruit bread, cinnamon, almonds, a little ginger
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dried fruits, sugar candy, cinnamon, coffee, light spiciness, minimal smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, chocolate grilled, sherry-fruity, juniper, laurel

  53. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      red berries, dried fruit, figs, subtle aromas of nut, the highland park floral, fresh slightly spicy aromas (heather?)
    • Taste
      oily, full bodied, tendency to acidity
    • Finish
      dry
      Red berries

  54. Jeadrick scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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

    21 21 21 21

  56. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.

  57. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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, beef consommé and game meats. 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 toward oak spices, chocolate, 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. A fusion of heathery peat smoke, honey and Espresso stays, and stays, and stays, and ... stays. This is a LONG finish, is what I'm saying, 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, and this at least comes close. If I had to describe it, I would say: Imagine a mixture of the "Dark Origins" (which is very good) and the 30 y.o. (which is fucking sublime), and you have a rough idea of what awaits you here. Really well-made stuff.

  58. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  59. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  60. Itsme1982 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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

  61. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    03-03-2018
    • Nose
      73 73
      cinnamon, ginger, chocolate
    • Taste
      81 81
      raisins, coffee beans, hint of smoke
    • Finish
      77 77
      chocolate, fruit (maybe prunes?)

  62. SimpleSample scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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

  63. 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.

  64. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly spicy, not the sherry dominate. Matured, nice HP, but it's a bit expensive.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Complex. Sherry, black currant, prune, cinnamon, ginger, salted caramel, fig and orange peel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet and spicy. Malt, sweet fruits, orange, milk coffee, cinnamon, chestnut puree, juniper and mild wood smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, dry, bittersweet.

  66. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  67. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://youtu.be/9JHjWvIsQgcPat Hock sagt: Der beste HP den ich je im Glas hatte !

    ___________________________________https://youtu.be/FTnVHpPnjDo

    Thomas Thiemeyer sagt:  Ein Spitzenwhisky

    ___________________________________https://distiller.com/spirits/highland-park-the-dark-17-yearWhisky of the Week at Distillers   91 Points 

  68. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose was rather quiet, but on the palate, this malt developed into a beautiful dram. More expensive than 200 EUR, which is quite a lot for a 17 year old malt.
    • Nose
      The nose needs a bit of time, but with some hand warmth it opens up nicely. It is dark and sweet from the onset and very spicy. Think ginger, cloves and loads of cinnamon. The sweet notes refer to burnt caramel, fresh figs wrapped in a slice of bacon, candied orange peel and roasted chestnuts. A bitterness as if from green tea that stood to long. Some dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      It is dark and sweet and very spicy on the palate as well. Yes, the spices do attract all the attention at first. It turns warm and spicy and you might neglect the fruit at first. But once the malt has settled in your mouth, the chestnuts and oranges return, upholstered with some top notch espresso and some nice woodsmoke that can be from both the cask as the heathery peat.
    • Finish
      The finish is very dry and mildly bitter, but pleasantly long.

  69. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  70. LairdSebastian did not rate this whisky Member Junior

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  71. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Hype or not - bock strong Highland Park for me and definitely a highlight among the last bottlings.
    • Nose
      Dried fruit (apricots and apple rings), sweet licorice, fresh gingerbread and spice speculoos. Pears overripe with a little water, noticeable herbaceous impact, even the gentle smoke is now coming to light. Light, almost flowery sweetness (reminiscent of the typical violet note of Glenlivet).
    • Taste
      pleasantly viscous, more pronounced oak and clearer smoke than in the nose. Cooked fruits flash, but are quickly replaced by a hay, dry-grassy herbal note, which combines with the smoke. The oak is present, spends some spice (pimento, clove, nutmeg and cardamom), but it does not get too loud. In the taste an interesting counterpoint to the nose, dry spicy with pleasant fruit from sherry casks.
    • Finish
      Strong dryness in the finish, dark chocolate with at least 80% cocoa content. Occupies the oral cavity, stays there for a long time

  72. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  73. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty drinkable, however, I also think it's way overprized
    • Nose
      Intense, nutty, sherry notes, fruity, dark berries, coffee - not bad
    • Taste
      Very punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, hints of toffee, dark chocolate, spices, subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      Long, warm, zesty

  74. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quality-wise it reminds me on the Bruichladdich Br7 which has also such a great nose & taste but unfortunately cannot keep it to the end. Nevertheless a great dram that can be recommended for a glass. A bottle I would not buy as for almost 200€ you get better balanced older and more complex drams!
    • Nose
      Nice sherry nose with decent smoke in the back which brings salty bacon, cherries & honey. 
    • Taste
      The taste is the nose but much more intense and very nice balanced. Highland Park has really achieved a great dram here!
    • Finish
      The finish is falling a bit down and you realize that it is just 17 years.. Very dry and even a bit metallic.

  75. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    great Highland Park with a lot of facets 

    I love this dram. Simply the price (200€ 02/2018) is too much.

  76. mr_barleycorn did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The full review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      Elegant smoke is the first thing that strikes me. Immediately, a sweetish note of marzipan chocolate is present, which is complemented by a pleasant freshness. Behind it open up ripe fruits like cherries and a little peach. With a few drops of water, the malt opens again and now releases more Christmas flavors. In addition to the fruits that are still present, there are also cinnamon and vanilla. Very suitable for the season.
    • Taste
      First a slight tingling, then oily on the tongue. Pleasant peat smoke in combination with a sweet spice from the oak barrels. You can tell him the age quite. I no longer have the association with marzipan, but with roasted almonds and dark chocolate. Again, the dark fruits leave some time. The cherries can be perceived more and more clearly. Water brings some light into the dark and elicits more malt, cinnamon and crème brûlée. Pretty much to discover.
    • Finish
      Long and warming, a bit peppery, apricots and soft peat smoke. Almost no bitterness.

  77. Dominik scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very fine whisky by Highland Park. Calling it a "limited bottling" when there are 28,000 bottles is bad marketing and the price is too high, in my opinion, but that shouldn't dilute the fact that "The Dark" is a yummy dram. Liked it quite a bit.
    • Nose
      Soft peat, salt and sweet dried fruits alongside a strong ginger spiciness and wooden notes. Hints of citrus. Water tames the spiciness by bringing out notes of vanilla and cherry.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouth feel with salty liquorice, malt and lots of dried fruits. Nice. I like it better with a few drops of water though as it gets even creamier and slightly less salty.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet, then quite peppery. Later, dry oak and bitterness.

  78. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Maturation in European sherry oak gives Highland Park The Dark a beautiful flavour of dried fruit, sherry sweetness, acacia honey and dark chocolate. After 17 years, nicely balanced with a warming mix of pepper, oak spice and cloves. It is not as sweet as I expected, but the fruity notes are wonderfully complex and everything is nicely wrapped in pleasant smoke. One can spend a long time with this savoury beauty in front of a cosy fireplace.

    I thank Highland Park for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/02/02/highland-park-17yo-the-dark-2017/
    • Nose
      Smoke at first on the nose. Not obtrusive, but nicely embedded in a sweet mix of sherry and complex dried fruit - mainly apricots, black berries and raisins. Creamy and spicy with acacia honey, oak, subtle cinnamon and a touch of dark chocolate in the back.
    • Taste
      Intense start on the palate. A bit sweet with sherry, barley sugar and dried fruit. Pleasantly warming with a delicate peppery note,  cinnamon and cloves. Notes of acacia honey arrive, followed by slightly dry oak spice, black tea and subtle tobacco leaves. This is nicely wrapped in tender smoke. Rich and salivating.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm and creamy with caramel and bitter oranges. Becomes drier on the tail with spiced oak, pepper, cloves and a touch of smoke.

      With water: Slightly fresher on the nose when adding a splash of water. There's more vanilla and toffee coming through while the sweetness and fruity notes are tamed. Sweet and creamy, even sticky on the palate with fruit jam and caramel. Then warming with a fairly amount of pepper, oak spice and cloves. Lively with prickling oak on the tongue. The finish is still long and creamy with acacia honey with dry notes of oak and tobacco leaves. Crisp smoke overall.

  79. robain scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      butterscotch, pepper, sweet, dried fruit, sherry
    • Taste
      butterscotch and sweet.
    • Finish
      old and dry sherry, fruity

  80. robain scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  81. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Caramel, cherry, peach, apple syrup, peat ash, cookie dough and minerals.
    • Taste
      Typical HP peat ash and a cookie maltiness. Caramel, hazelnut paste, apple and spice.
    • Finish
      Caramel, cookie, peat ash, milk chocolate, apple and vanilla.

  82. 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. 

  83. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The Highland Park 17yo The Dark is the first filling of a diptych that celebrates the seasons of Orkney. While "The Dark" focuses on autumn and winter, "The Light", published in 2018, refers to spring and summer. The Highland Park The Dark matured for 17 years in European sherry casks, which gave it aromas of dried fruits, nuts and herbs and ensnare the smoky peat excellent. The circulation is 28,000 bottles, which were filled with a strength of 52.9% Vol.

  84. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    intense dark fruit, dried apricots, raisins, sweet. there is a gentle hint of peat, spices, oaky, malty. some drops of water are fine and make the dram a little better. the finish is dry, and surprisingly oaky even a little bitter. Nice bottle though (WSZ17)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  85. ceeskn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

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