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Highland Park Spirit of the Bear

Overall rating
80.48/100
votes
119
Whiskybase ID
WB114740
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Sherry-seasoned American Oak casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml 1000 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L0268A L10 19/05 11:10
Barcode
5010314306397
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
08 Jul 2018 11:51 am by ctu
Uncolored

Average value

€ 55.70

23 × in wishlist

119 × member ratings

529 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Spirit of the Bear

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.48 points

  1. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Moderately smoky, very "drinkable" whisky that lacks strength. Another boring release with no age indication.
    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly smoky, with a high content of hints of malt and citrus (grapefruit, pomelo).
    • Taste
      Lightly salty, peppery, smoky, with a lemon note.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, completely repeating the taste palette.

  2. gaboruso scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. Dr_Strangelove scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Very good and well balanced with what we like about Highland Park but it is not surprising and could be more complex?
    • Nose
      A dessert flavor (caramel pudding?) With a little Tobacco and Dried Fruits, then Chocolate (or brownies?), Orange, and Caramelized butter in a cast iron skillet.
    • Taste
      First the sugar, the butter, and the chocolate, with Peat hovering above. Then Orange and Carrots (carrots that cook in butter), a little Lemon and Pepper to finish.
    • Finish
      Finish: The pepper stretches and oscillates with the Lemon, then the Alcohol which comforts.

  4. Dutchdram scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      In the beginning sweet and fruity. Vanilla and ofcourse a very clear scent of Okney-heather. Heather honey complemented by notes of lemon with a hint of oranges. Very little peat and smoke, but it's there!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Compared to the nose, in my mouthit starts with the "bold" notes of little hints of peat and smoke, complemented by ginger and nutmeg. Goes very well together! Now the sweet and fruity tones. Hints of oranges, vanilla and heather honey. Also a lovely note of caramel toffees.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long! Toffees keep playing in my mouth for quite some time. On the background notes of nutmeg and ginger.

  5. yfalkov scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Lightly peated, some sweet notes, quite young but mild
    • Nose
      78 78
      smoke, floral
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet, smoky, vanilla
    • Finish
      79 79
      short, peat, wood

  6. DennisV scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  7. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. tangtang scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Good everyday and entry-level whisky. Quite nice but not unusual. Still ok.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Smoky, sherry and spicy, slightly fruity
    • Taste
      80 80
      sues with vanilla and banana, becoming spicy
    • Finish
      79 79
      spicy sues, rather short to medium-long, later light smoke and ginger

  9. Wolf68 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Myke scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Spicy and sweet HP with little smoke - I think it's great, even if the nose promises a little more than the taste. I find PLV fair and for me a very pleasant, delicious EveryDayDram.
    • Nose
      82 82
      very light smoke (tends to be more like campfire smoke, even if there is still something very medical here). Fruity, for me a banana aroma is dominant. Seasoning (towards nutmeg and somehow ginger) and sherry notes. Slight hint of vanilla in the background. Later some red dried fruit and a little more sweetness. I find it harmonious and balanced, the smoke is not superficial, but rather easily integrated. The aromas develop a little in the air.
    • Taste
      81 81
      very soft and sweet. Seasoning (nutmeg and ginger spiciness) occurs nicely. Seasoning persists for a long time with a slight oak note and sherry aroma. Fruit retreats somewhat. The second sip makes it even sweeter, but seasoning remains.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Wort stays with oak and sherry for a long time, gets drier out the back. Very light smoke. Very light coffee-bitter aftertaste.

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