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Highland Park 16-year-old

Overall rating
85.06/100
votes
191
Whiskybase ID
WB114744
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wings of the Eagle
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
44.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010314306410
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
08 jul 2018 11:54 am by ctu

Average value

€ 103.82

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191 × member ratings

690 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 16-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.06 points

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

    This 16-year-old Highland Park has wonderful aromas of fruit, creamy honey notes, spices and heather on the nose. All in perfect balance and wrapped in fine wood smoke. On the palate, however, there is a dominant spiciness of oak and pepper, leaving little room for the filgrane fruit aromas to unfold. On the finish dry notes dominate again. A dram for the colder days of the year, but from my point of view there is no need of adding any water.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/09/10/highland-park-16yo-wings-of-the-eagle/
    • Nose
      Warm and gentle smoke, nicely embedded in a sweet mix of sherry and dried fruit - mainly apricots and oranges. Creamy with honey, caramell and a floral touch, maybe heather. Round and very appealing.
    • Taste
      Intense start on the palate. Pleasantly spicy with a warming mix of oak, cinnamon, caramelised ginger, subtle cloves and nutmeg. Juicy oranges shine through, accompanied by a whiff of heather and subtle wood smoke. Less sweet than one could have expected from the nose.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, warm and dry with spiced oak, cloves and a whiff of cold smoke.

      With water: Slightly fresher on the nose when adding a few drops of water. There's more juicy oranges coming through while the wood smoke is almost disappeared. On the palate, however, it becomes quite spicy with lots of dry oak, black pepper, cloves and wood smoke. The pleasant fruity notes of oranges are tamed significantly. The finish shows medium length with very dry and adstringent oak spice and cold smoke.

  2. Koloman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A Highland Park, clearly marked where it came from - which was not the case with some of the more recent bottlings. The combination of light smoke and flower or heather scent is, in my opinion, what makes a typical Highland Park. And this whisky actually offers both.
    • Nose
      Smoke, yes! Not much, but noticeable, the warm, gentle smoke of a fire fueled with dry wood. Floating above, but stronger, against the smoke easily asserting flower scent - heather? From me ... With time (and a few drops of water), fruity aromas are added: apricot, strawberry and orange. The overall impression is mature, harmonious and complex
    • Taste
      Mild wood notes, which, if at all, only taste of smoke, fragrant and spicy honey, apricot and strawberry, with dried dates. The addition of water does not result in any noticeable change. The overall impression is tasty and stately, but not difficult or even intrusive, but of mature, almost elegant restraint.
    • Finish
      Fruitiness and spice give a very short guest performance, smoky and woody aromas linger a bit, but really only a little longer. A few percent more alcohol would have been helpful at least at this point. In this respect, the addition of water can not improve the overall impression.

  3. 2ndSip scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    fruity and sweet on the nose; I miss the typical HP heather note - but it doesn't always have to be there.
    Where others write something of a phenolic hospital note - sorry, I don't even have the slightest bit of that.
    It actually looks like a 16-year-old in the nose - sedate and voluminous with an amazing aroma of oranges and plums (mus). Wow.
    Set in taste and the way to the 18 is not far anymore ... so how some people here talk / write badly ... I don't understand.
    It has a complex nose and that also shows up in the taste. In all honesty: this is one of the best HPs in recent years.
    I'm starting to doubt myself ... did I get another batch? They are all from 2018, so there shouldn't be such big differences (?).
    And if you talk about the fact that you could use more percent, you should rethink your drinking habits, just as a hint.
    [95 - 91 = great whisky -> the real good stuff]
    • Nose
      92 92
      ostensibly plum jam with juicy orange, both appear creamy and oily. In addition, acacia honey, caramel / brown sugar and fudge as a sweet component.
      Other typical sherry aromas such as dried fruits of raisins, apricots, figs and dates follow, but remain more in the background and give a nice complexity.
      Slight spices of cinnamon, cloves and a little herb garden with a few flowers (heather in the beginning?) Are subtly present and only sometimes stand out in the foreground.
    • Taste
      92 92
      very gentle start. Creamy-oily / viscous with a little spice from cinnamon and nutmeg. The fruit of oranges and plums are instantly present.
      A ginger spice knocks briefly on the tongue, but disappears again. It becomes drier, but more spicy and dry.
      Fruit aromas from the nose are all present.
      Some oak appears. The HP heather note can be guessed at in the approach.
      A round malt that has everything you can expect from a 16 year old.
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium to long finish of (oak) spice and fruit.
      Very, very late there is a leathery / ashy note (cold campfire).

  4. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    All in all pretty mannered dram. The alcohol is surprisingly strong enough, but it lacks in complexity, especially considering the 16 years. Since I had better, but admittedly much worse of Highland Park in the glass.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Distinct smoke, surprisingly phenolic for HP, because the hospital is quaking! After a while, the smoke has dropped significantly. In addition, there are now floral notes, but I can not find any fruit or caramel or similar. With plenty of time and warmth, apricots and oranges are added, but very restrained. Damp forest floor.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Mild in the beginning, slightly oily, honey sweet, the alcohol pushes backwards but quite clearly. In addition then a clearly spicy component, ginger. Fruit in turn, no indication.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The finish is quite short, it warms slightly, then dries and is already gone.

  5. Glenjasper scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Light nutty sherry with toffee and orange notes, no obvious flaw, quite ok

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Not very complex but typical HP and rather easy drinkable
    • Nose
      86 86
      Some honey, heather, toffee, hints of dried fruits, whiffs of smoke and leather
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, punchy, spicy, subtle sweetness, more honey and heather, toffee, tobacco, fine hints of leather, nuts, sherry notes
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, spicy, tobacco, nuts

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The more samples I try from Highland Park, the more I start to appreciate this distillery.
    She definitely has her own character and profile.
    I haven't had many very good Highland Parks and this one isn't an overly beautiful dream of a whisky, but I like this straightforward and recognizable profile of very light smoke, herbal sweetness, some fruit, a bit of wood and the balance of the different flavors.

    The 16 years are already noticeable and the almost 45 percent have enough intensity.
    The finish is nice and appropriate for the profile.
    At least a good whisky.

  9. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. autorefill scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. MGHOW scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    A bit neutral and lacking flavour. Almost like whisky flavoured vodka or something an extraordinary disappointment.

    Surprising how far the once great Highland Park has fallen in the past ten years.

    I don't know who this marketed to and who is buying this regularly. I can't see the business model of producing expensive flavourless whisky will pay off for long.

  12. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. eNZzo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. fnk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: light smoky, very light, rubber, some industrial aromas, .plastic, there are light sweet motives, forest dampness \ moisture. Very nice and characteristic aroma. Very well balanced, with character, tasty, definitely a successful release!

  15. RJKrueger scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park is experimenting a lot with marketing and finishes. You always don't know to what extent each filling is worthwhile. I am often cautious, especially with travel retail. But I think this 16 year old is very successful.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh in the glass, the nose is a bit closed. After a while, the aromas open up with fruity notes of sherry. With a longer time in the glass, the fruit notes go in the fermented direction with light sulphurous nuances. Where I'm a bit sensitive - so don't wait so long to drink.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the taste, unexpectedly rather lighter notes with ripe pears, grapes, maybe even a bit of banana, very sweet in the beginning. Then there is a peppery spiciness with typical Highland Park herbal notes and oak spice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      For me, the finish is rather medium-length, a lot of herbs and wood, later slightly waxy.

  16. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Suprisingly good. Maybe a tad expensive but elegant with nice abv. increase. Recommended.

  18. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. tester1277 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nothing special in my opinion.
    Wouldn't buy it again, because it's too expensive for what it offers.
    • Nose
      Herbs, cool and fresh, fruity.
      No smoke.
    • Taste
      spicy, oak, the alcohol is noticeable.
      Tastes like ashtray.
    • Finish
      medium length and spicy

  21. yfalkov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Light nose, soft in taste, very small touch of smoke
    • Nose
      86 86
      sherry, smoke, toffee, dried fruits, cherry cake
    • Taste
      84 84
      creamy, a bit sweet, a bti of resin
    • Finish
      82 82
      long, bitter, fresh

  22. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

  23. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

  24. Seanzhang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. Seanzhang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Definitely too woody for my personal taste, this HP. The nose is quite promising with creamy, heathery and light notes of smoke but this changes on the palate. Much more oak influence and quite bitter wood on the disappointing finish. Expected more from a 16yo HP.

    Thanks to Ruben @whiskynotes.be for the generous sample!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  27. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  29. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruits, smoke, wood and spices in a pleasant ratio. 85/86.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral. Exotic fruits, sherry, honey and caramel. Touch of smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy. Spicy oak, wood, honey and fruits, mainly orange.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, fruity, spicy.

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