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Highland Park 2003

Overall rating
86.00/100
votes
16
Whiskybase ID
WB105112
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Series
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Refill Puncheon
Casknumber
6324
Number of bottles
390
Strength
60.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Bottled with SISU
Added on
15 Dec 2017 11:40 am by SOKN
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.99

4 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

76 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2003

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fiery beastie!
    Definitely a challenging one, youthfull spirit at full intensity. Lots of space to experiment with water.
    Tasted at Black Door, Helsinki.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sulfur, lemongrass. Grapefruit oil, fresh ginger, coriander seed. Lemon sorbet, nutmeg, light sherry Dark wood. Very clean well defined notes on the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Burning alcohol. Phosphorus, spent matches. Chili, cardamom. Desperate for water.
      With water: the phosphor remains up front and maltiness starts to appear.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short, the alcohol burns out everything except for the oily woody mouthfeel.
      Water brings out the woody side of this malt. Lively spices, and paraffin like texture.

  2. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nicely sherried whisky, tasty and balanced. Requires dilution for better getting into it. Hard to find due to release limitation.
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried fruits, raisins, light smoke, caramel. Water opens fruity notes
    • Taste
      Slightly smoky, spicy (ginger), light minerality, honey, brown sugar
    • Finish
      Long, warm, somewhat nutty, sweet

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Talk about a challenging malt to score. Nose, taste, body, finish all very fine, but adding any water instantly shaves off 3-4 points. Hence an average of 86 on account of being a cask strength whisky but not being able to take any reduction.
    • Nose
      Without knowing the cask type, it's obvious this is sherried. Stewed fruit with that recognizable barky, turfy HP peat. Some ethanol pushes through every now and then but never in any amount that could be considered a flaw. Water amps the smoke and reduces the sherry influence, and more water makes it just meh.
    • Taste
      Neat the body is very much ready to go - astounding at over 60%. No overt sharpness, just this tasty, full red fruits and faint resins flavor with medium peat. Water shaves off a fair amount of the complexity and brings in some peaty roughness and bitterness.
    • Finish
      Cigarillos. Lots of cigarillos. One of the most obvious cigar leaf-type tastes I've ever encountered in any whisky.

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