Highland Park 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Dark
Stated Age
17 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
52.9 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Aug 2017 3:20 pm by Nidan

Average value

€ 238.89

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 17-year-old

69 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.29 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


    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. 

  4. 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;

  5. 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.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 89 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.

  7. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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