Highland Park 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Series
Stated Age
13 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
61.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Highland Park – The Founders Series: Grundtvig
Added on
29 Aug 2017 7:44 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 274.98

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2003

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.73 points

  1. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Decent bottling, but there is more development potential showing than a really good dram.

    Review: https://youtu.be/N5wjpMpyVmw
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice sherry nose, toffee, ripe bananas, raisins, dates, a bit of fig jam, light note of spruce, a bit of furniture polish, peppermint, very light smoke, a bit of wax, some honey, sawdust, just the faintest sulphuric note. Really nice, overall.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Alcohol bite is noticeable, but manageable. Light burn, some black pepper, light smoke, nice cane sugar sweetness, fresh hay, some oak, lots of barley sugar, toffee, very light ginger. The texture is rich, oily. Very nice start. Second chew is a bit more powerful, a large dose of freshly cracked black pepper, it's thicker, some olive oil, and a clear sulphuric note, which I have noticed more in HP these past few years. More smoke, also wet rock minerality. Third chew is pushing it a bit, almost too aggressive bite, and it becomes very oily. More ginger and mint, it's very fresh. Definitely had development potential to become a big whisky. Also some steamed carrots showing up here, and more smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoke dominates, steamed carrots, light sweet apple, banana skin, ginger, toffee, light note of coffee beans.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tastes a bit younger than 13 years, it is nevertheless a good example of what a good distillate Highland Park produces. Thick, heavy, and that typical Orcadian peat we know so well. There is also the tiniest bit of sulphur in the cask. I do not agree with putting out whisky at this age when it obviously can mature for a number more, but it is what it is. Swims well. 


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