Overall rating
84.30/100
votes
58
Whiskybase ID
WB103670
Category
Blend
Bottler
Highland Queen Scotch Whisky (HQSW)
Bottling serie
1561 - Blended Scotch Whisky
Bottled
29.09.2017
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5060074862985
Added on
15 nov 2017 8:41 pm by tony087

Average value

€ 110.15

4 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

115 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Highland Queen 30-year-old HQSW

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.30 points.

  1. ahroeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: apples, oranges, spices, sultanas, some hay, oaky vanilla. Peat? Pleasant and complex!

    Taste: smooth, oaky vanilla. Cooked fruits, with that subtle sherry influence. Fresh. I think this one needs a few drams to take in its complexity fully. Could use a bit more abv.

    Finish: just grows after I've swallowed. Delicious vanilla coupled with the syrupy sherry. I have given it a high score on "Price", based on the current Norwegian government store price of €45.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

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  3. Likudi scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      A dark hazelnut chocolate, cherries and after a while pears
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very oily, almost like liqueur in the mouth. Takes up a lot of space, he is welcome to do so. You could spend a whole evening there. What a delicious little stick
    • Finish
      92 92
      A really, really great old drop, I can't understand the criticism of it here. In particular, the price-performance ratio is a hit

  5. Ken1985 scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Off course I saw the 40% so I knew it would not be a taste bomb but this dram dissapointed me. Nice nose, much better after time and 1 drop of water. The taste is quite weak to my opinion, I had it in the mouth for a long time. The finish is medium long and ok. Not expensive for a 30 year old blend.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    According to the producer this limited volume blend consists of 75% malt whiskies from 1982 and 25% grain whiskies from 1978 and 1979. That blend was then recasked in sherry butts and left to marry for 6 months prior to bottling.
    Bottled 03.10.2017 (batch #17/0117), so it is actually 35 YO, with its grain components being 38 and 39 YO.
    This bottle was opened three years ago. That has given it plenty of time to breathe and oxidate, from which it has benefited. When initially opened it was clearly less complex and a bit acidic.
    NOSE: Dried and fresh citrus fruits and sherry: Initially vanilla and sweet oak. With time come oranges, dried orange peel, lots of orange liqueur and old limoncello, some baking spices, raisins and toffee. Some volatile notes as well (nail polish, varnish). Not very intense but what's there is lovely. Comes and goes a bit. (89p)
    TASTE: The arrival comes with more aged orange liqueur and mild baking spices. On the mid palate more of the same, plus mild wood bitterness, dried fruits, sweet barley juice and hints of vanilla. Not directly suffering from its low ABV (40%) but how I would have loved to try this at 46%, not to mention at cask strength! (88p)
    FINISH: Dried fruits, baking spices, less orange liqueur, light syrup, very mild pepperiness, dry. Long. Quite nice. (87p)
    OVERALL: A lovely old malt-heavy blended whisky! Needs (a long) time in the bottle to breathe and open up. Also rewards time and patience in the glass.
    TOTAL SCORE 88 points.

  8. el Gato scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Wet wool. Then some fruits after being quite shy. Herbs. Even more time, then Peaches and grapes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      S: Fruity yet a bit dry. Some sweetness, Brown sygar and eventually pears.
    • Finish
      84 84
      F. Short - medium. A tad bitter. Citrus. Black pepper, and then tobacco. Vanilla

  9. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    'The folly of one man is the fortune of another', they say. At 45 €, this bottle of 30-year-old Highland Queen was an unbelievable bargain. With a malt content of over 75%, Tullibardine seems to be the main contributor. Oranges, tinned peaches, toffee and a light 'sherry overcoat' define the nose, with notes of banana and nutmeg hiding in the back. The age shows on the palate: fruity, spicy and aromatic flavors take turns, all very balanced and with a surprisingly long and satisfying finish. Forget about 'smooth' - this blend has depth and a real personality!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

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