Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
17 years old
First Fill Bourbon Casks
47.2 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0529Y LO4
Added on
04 Oct 2017 9:31 am by FredZeppelin

Average value

€ 108.43

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Full Volume

80 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.12 points

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very beautiful highland park. With the character, they should simply bet on bourbon barrels much more often.
    • Nose
      Flowery sweetness, lemon drops, vanilla, fresh hay, frosting, a little mineral to maritime, a bit ashy in the background
    • Taste
      Sweet, more vanilla than in the nose, very creamy, perfect alcohol, effervescent powder, again a bit mineral, no bitterness
    • Finish
      Here are very light oak bitterness, very Springbank-like, beautiful mineral, the citrus notes are again very present, longer finish, without overstraining

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      A fresh symbiosis of sweet, fruity and floral aromas stands out from my glass. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, cereals, mineral aromas and beautiful vanilla notes are additionally supported by light fruits, which easily drift off into the tropical spectrum. Pears, apricots, sugared pineapple, mangoes and a hint of blossom honey are perceptible. Hidden deep in the background is a tender smoke flag, which reminds me a little bit of cigar or pipe smoke. The alcohol (47.2%) makes itself felt very easily in the nose at first.
    • Taste
      Very creamy and intense. A wonderful sweetness runs down the cheeks, while on the tip of the tongue a delicate Pfeffrigkeit sets in and causes a slight tingle. Plenty of vanilla, citrus fruits, grains, unripe oranges, pineapple, mangoes and coconuts give the malt an enormous freshness and a sweet-tropical fruitiness. The alcohol content fits perfectly in terms of taste, the harmony and balance of the Highland Park is simply very good. The variety of flavors also gains in depth: mineral notes, hints of herbs, pleasant oak and fine cigar smoke set in the background a nice contrast to the sweet fruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet-spicy and warm. Slightly peppery and with many bright fruits, the well-balanced finish starts. Again I find citrus fruits, apricots, vanilla and mineral notes. The beautiful cigar smoke gains a little strength, but remains more in the background. Herbs and spicy oak let the malt slowly fade away and leave a minimal bitterness on the palate.

  3. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For musicians, amps and equalisers maintain critical balance at high volume by finetuning musical frequencies – at Highland Park, our Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, does a similar job. FULL VOLUME was created using 100% ex-bourbon casks rather than our traditional sherryseasoned ones. During 1999, a combination of 481 casks – 200 litre barrels and 250 litre hogsheads – were filled at strengths of between 63.6% and 63.7%. The whisky was filtered at just over 4 C and delivers flavours of creamy vanilla and sweet citrus fruits from the bourbon casks, balanced by Highland Park’s characteristic aromatic smokiness.

    Vanilla | Coconut | Mango | Pineapple | Cedar Wood | Lemon peel | Vanilla pods | Light smokeLight straw, clear and bright (average colour tint 6.5)

  4. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Beautiful highland park with lots of coconut, combined with vanilla, all covered in a light smokiness. A great whisky.

  5. Broussard scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    A fresh 18 year old citrus candy.

    You can sniff for a long time and always gain new impressions, very complex in aroma. The taste continues what you have already smelled. Especially sweet citrus, orange and spices. An honest guy. Which is also very complex and a lot of fun.
    • Nose
      Fresh citrus notes, light orange notes to ripe juice oranges, the smoke is very delicate and far away, vanilla paired with sweet cream. Various spices with clove in the background. Generally citric, fresh, sweet.
    • Taste
      First sweet citrus fruits, then full volume with juicy oranges, sour fruit notes and slightly bitter grapefruit, from which the oak with spices and pleasantly sparkling pepper develops. The alcohol is perfectly integrated.
    • Finish
      Sparkling oak, bitter fruit notes, some vanilla, very light smoke at the end. Medium to long finish.

  6. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Really good 100% ex-bourbon matured Highland Park. I haven't been the biggest fan of their OB expressions recently, but I thought the flavors in this bottling were nice. P.s. not sure what "full volume" means but this was not aggressive at all. Should've bottled it at cask strength with a name like that.⁣

    Shame the marketing department keeps shoving this gimmicky shit down our throats. Just stop. Please.⁣


  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon casks shine with this one, vanilla, lemon, custard, mild peat, maritime salinity. A nice sweet and heat combo!

  8. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Another quality malt from HP and this was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger. If you are looking for a high quality fruity malt, look no further.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet, and this time I mean sweet as in confectionery. Pear drops, vanilla, rhubarb and custard. More pear, in fact lots of pear. Really nice, i would never guess this was a HP. Creme brulee and banana on white bread.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Everything on the nose just continues on the taste and it's fresh and vibrant. Fruit cocktail explosion. The 47% is just about spot on. It's funny because the flavours almost hold back and then all of a sudden bang, there you go I was just teasing you.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish is amazing. It's like a cake throwing fight at the back of the tongue or I've just been whacked by Bugsy Malone.

  9. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    With a name like "Full Volume" I anticipated a cask strenght bottling, but 47,2% feels very right for this.
    It's the same age but less than half the price of "The Light".
    That one is 52,9%, so you get less alc strenght, but double the volume of a better whisky for the same money.
    "Full Volume" may not be such a bad name after all ;-)
    • Nose
      90 90
      It's HP, but rather more fresh and bright.
      Honey sweet lemon drops.
      Peach and pineapple juice.
      Hint of vanilla and deep down a little smoke.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet on yellow and white fruit.
      Peppery spice from the get go.
      Half way the oak takes over and it gets more dry and a bit tannic bitterness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Good length with a nice warmth of spice.
      In my opinion it's a little bit too dry/bitter to be in tune with it's sweetness.
      None the less, a pleasant whisky.

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

    A completely different, official bottling of Highland Park - without sherry cask maturation. And that's exactly what makes it so interesting for me, because the delicate yellow fruity flavours are very well balanced with the vanilla and cereal sweetness, surrounded by spiced oak and light tobacco smoke. When adding water this dram gradually loses its sweetness and more and more spices from the bourbon barrels come to the fore. A really enjoyable bottling, completely different from HP's usual core range.

    I thank Highland Park for the sample! https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/highland-park/
    • Nose
      Fresh on the nose with a fruity start - apricots, hints of pineapple and subtle lemons. Then sweet notes of vanilla arrive, nicely intermingling with cereals (porridge-like), tender herbs and a whiff of tobacco smoke in the back. The alcohol is noticeable but not pungent at all.
    • Taste
      Bold and intense on the palate. Starts with a creamy sweetness of vanilla and malted barley, followed by apricots, oranges and lemon zests. Then warming with oak, white pepper, mint, and heather honey in the back. There's a hint of herbs towards the finish, nicely wrapped in tender tobacco smoke. Rich and mouth-coating.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium-long, warm and creamy with acacia honey and oranges. Becomes drier on the tail with spiced oak, cloves and a whiff of smoke.

      With water: Clean and fresh on the nose when a few drops of water are added. There's more citric fruit coming through while vanilla and cereal notes are tamed. More oak spice with a whiff of tobacco smoke in the back. Wow - fairly spicy on the palate with cracked black pepper, oak, tannins and cloves. The delicate sweetness and fruity flavours are almost completely gone while a touch of smoke lingers in the back. The finish is short, slightly warm with creamy vanilla and subtle smoke. No fruits anymore.


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