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Highland Park 17-year-old

Overall rating
89.28/100
votes
67

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Tastingtags

11 Notes

WhiskyNotes
Expert Senior WhiskyNotes Note
14 Dec 2017 11:32 am
WhiskyNotes gave this whisky 88 points

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. 

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Segens
Connoisseur Segens Note
17 Feb 2018 6:11 pm
Segens gave this whisky 89 points

great Highland Park with a lot of facets 

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

mr_barleycorn
Member Junior mr_barleycorn Tasting note
06 Feb 2018 2:21 pm
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Eleganter Rauch ist das Erste, das mir auffällt. Sofort ist auch eine süßliche Note von Marzipanschokolade präsent, die durch eine angenehme Frische ergänzt wird. Dahinter tun sich reife Früchte wie Kirschen und etwas Pfirsich auf. Mit ein Paar tropfen Wasser öffnet sich der Malt noch einmal und gibt nun eher Weihnachtliche Aromen frei. Da ist neben den Früchten, die immer noch präsent sind, nun auch Zimt und Vanille. Sehr passend zur Jahreszeit.

Taste

Erst ein leichtes Prickeln, dann ölig auf der Zunge. Angenehmer Torfrauch in Verbindung mit einer süßen Würze aus den Eichenfässern. Man merkt ihm das Alter durchaus an. Die Assoziation mit Marzipan habe ich nun nicht mehr, dafür aber mit gebrannten Mandeln und dunkler Schokolade. Wieder lassen sich die dunklen Früchte etwas Zeit. Die Kirschen kann man aber immer deutlicher wahrnehmen. Wasser bringt etwas Helligkeit ins Dunkle und entlockt dem Malt noch mehr Frucht, Zimt und Crème brûlée. Ganz schön viel zu entdecken.

Finish

Lang und Wärmend, etwas pfeffrig, Aprikosen und weiter sanfter Torfrauch. Fast keine Bitterkeit.

Comments

Das volle Review gibt es auf mrbarleycorn.com

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Dominik
Member Senior Dominik Tasting note
05 Feb 2018 8:52 pm
Dominik gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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.

Comments

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.

Whisky-Connaisseur
Expert Senior Whisky-Connaisseur Tasting note
02 Feb 2018 9:48 am
Color
Russetmuscat
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.

Comments

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/

robain
Expert Senior robain Tasting note
27 Jan 2018 1:57 am
robain gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

butterscotch, pepper, sweet, dried fruit, sherry

Taste

butterscotch and sweet.

Finish

old and dry sherry, fruity

Comments
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robain
Expert Senior robain Review note
27 Jan 2018 1:51 am
robain gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.7
Nose
89
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
85
Presentation
90
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KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
04 Jan 2018 9:16 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Deep copper
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.

Comments
Drochaid
Connoisseur Drochaid Note
05 Dec 2017 4:02 pm
Drochaid gave this whisky 89 points

Der Highland Park 17yo The Dark ist die erste Abfüllung eines Diptychons, welches die Jahreszeiten der Insel Orkney zelebriert. Während sich der „The Dark“ auf den Herbst und den Winter fokussiert, bezieht sich der in 2018 erscheinende „The Light“ auf den Frühling und den Sommer.

Der Highland Park The Dark reifte für 17 Jahre in europäischen Sherryfässern, die ihm Aromen von getrockneten Früchten, Nüssen und Kräutern verliehen haben und den rauchigen Torf exzellent umgarnen. Die Auflage beträgt 28.000 Flaschen, die mit einer Stärke von 52,9% Vol. abgefüllt wurden.

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Achany
Connoisseur Achany Review note
04 Dec 2017 8:24 am
Achany gave this whisky 88 points

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)

Weighted Rate
87.8
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
80
Presentation
90

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