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Highland Park Spirit of the Bear

Overall rating
81.03/100
votes
92
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Sherry-seasoned American Oak casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
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

Average value

€ 56.31

22 × in wishlist

92 × member ratings

451 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Spirit of the Bear

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.03 points

  1. DennisV scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

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

  2. 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.

  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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

  5. Wolf68 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

  8. dramidaris scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. RazvanGheorghies scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    80 – 82 (B-) = Not-too-bad – no major flaws, worth tasting
    This is the stuff I’d recommend you try at the bar, an event or at a friend’s house before buying a bottle. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it’s just not… quite… there.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    The new entry level in HP's duty free line-up.
    I actually like it better than the old Viking Warrior entry.
    Sweeter, rounder, more enjoyable.
    Thanks to ronnholt for the sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Nose is nice enough, recognisable HP profile.
      Mellow sherry notes.
      Very gentle, sweet and rounded.
      Ripe orange, prunes and dades.
      A little spice and wood mixed in.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Arrives with a very nice velvety mouthfeel.
      But it doesn't manage to hold it, kind of delutes in the mouth.
      Tastes good though. Sweet, but not overly so.
      It's what you would and should expect from a 40% NAS in this price range; simple and basic, yet something I would not mind to sip for an entire evening.
    • Finish
      76 76
      This is it's weak point.
      There are some chocolate and spice notes, but they don't last very long.

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