Highland Park Earl Magnus

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Inga Saga Trilogy - Edition One
Stated Age
15 years old
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
52.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 nov 2009 10:33 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 654.95

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Earl Magnus

18 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.60 points.

  1. Imp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: beautiful!.. Delicate and subtle, if the nose of St Magnus 12 yo was predominantly on red fruits, then here I'd go for yellow ones: pineapple, apricot, melon, apples, even some sour touch of lemon and lime insted of usual oranges. After a while you catch some grass, vanilla and flowers.

    Taste: sweet, oily and smooth, white chocolate, citrus and malt notes, even some wax and nuts.

    Finish: long, sweet, citrusy and salty with classic "gentle smoky aftertaste".

    Overall: I do suspect there are some older spirits in this batch, such refinement and tenderness of initial Highland Park spirit I met in 20 - 30 yo independent bottlings matured in bourbon casks.

    Score = 23 23 22 23, 91/100!

  2. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Imp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    head-to-head comparison with 12 yo Saint Magnus and 18 yo Earl Haakon can be found here http://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2017/01/whisky-felling-tasting-2-orkney-saga.html 

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Punchy, honey, leather and little zesty and a tad bitter in the end - still very good

  6. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very drinkable at 52,6%. A few drops of water are no problem. One of the best HP I ever drank. Extremely well balanced. IMHO a great deal of effort has gone in creating this whisky, and it shows. Slainte!
    • Nose
      First and foremost; Fruit. A mix of green, yellow and red. The best kind. The red fruit is very ripe, although not overpowering the green and yellow. Let's not forget the oranges. Dark chocolate. Some leather. There is vanilla, some mint and maybe even some coconut. It totally lacks the spices I find in other modern HP. Very well made!
    • Taste
      Dark honeyed cigars, chocolate, ripe red fruits, there is some yellow fruit there, but I cannot taste any fresh green fruit. Leather. Vanilla. Some mint. And yes, salty.
    • Finish
      Quite long and not drying at all. Dark red fruits linger, the mint and vanilla come back in waves, everything is coated in a leathery kind of light cigar smoke.

  8. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This was a really lovely expression, completely different from any contemporary Highland Park I’ve tried. It felt kind of like an older style whisky, rough, dirty and rich. Very big on complexity and a very dynamic palate, with the flavours constantly developing. Absolutely stunning.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/09/02/highland-park-earl-magnus/
    • Nose
      Rich nutty wood. Brown glue. Plum wine. Orange cake. Jam biscuits. Vanilla caramel. Very subtle but present sandalwood.
    • Taste
      Leather. Dusty books. Dry, sweet wood. Oranges. Ruby grapefruit. Slightly earthy. Bitter wood and green herbs on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Medium. Very salty. Toffee. Plums. Bitter wood. Woodspice.

  9. ZwiJo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. barryfox915 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold.
    Nose: Peaty, tarry, maritime, on heather and honey,
    tangerine, citrus, orange marmalade and some seaweeds. A quite dry and tarry
    Taste: Slightly dry and citric, on peat smoke, tangerine and
    some cold ashes. The finish is long, dry, mineral, peaty, slightly lemony, on
    seaweeds and tangerine.
    General Impression: A quite dry and mineral expression of
    Highland Park, slightly farmy and "old fashioned". Very pleasant.




  11. Finlaggan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My notes, along with the other bottlings in the Magnus series, can be found in this HP Special on my blog:

  12. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  13. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Okay, I have to admit
    it: this one was very much hyped, but it lives up to the challenge. Around 400
    EUR you say? Ah, there is always a catch.
    • Nose
      I like this nose from
      the very first whiff. Wonderful HP with loads of heather, mint, hay and grass,
      flints, buttercups, white fruit and citrus. Coconut, too. Bit of camphor. Rubber
      hose (not to be confused with sulphur, please!). Nice smokiness, without
      putting to much stress on it. Adding water makes it very clean and brings out
      more smoke. And more rubber, too. This is good.
    • Taste
      It is very creamy and
      sweet on the palate with loads of citrus. Grapefruit, but also apples. The
      smokiness is bigger now. Very tight and does not need any water, while it
      carries it gracefully. Well seasoned. Good stuff, indeed.
    • Finish
      The finish is long,
      good and becomes pretty zesty. Bittersweet until the end.

  14. Furtia scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Definitely not what I expected. Actually nothing special...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. D3US scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The bitter edge in the taste takes some getting used to, but after the third sip this is no longer an issue. The oak is nice, as is the soft spice and sweetness. 
    • Nose
      Citrus fruit and vanilla, subtle smoke in the back. Spices and sharp oak and now fresh fruit; apples and berries. 
    • Taste
      Sharp and bitter edged oak, vanilla sweetness and spices. The fruit is here as well, but the main flavor is that slightly burnt (roasted coffee) bitter note. 
    • Finish
      After that blast of flavors and when the bitter edge dies out, a very warming and nicely sweet malt remains. The vanilla remains, as do the soft fruits. The gentle smoke in the background makes this trademark HP.

  16. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, vanilla, raisins, dried figs, floral honey, toffee, herbs, liqourice, oak and hints of smoke. Medium sweet and nutty taste, caramellised apple, walnuts, orange marmelade, lemon juice, grapefruit, honey, mint and peat. Long, herbal end.

  17. I_SPEY scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    For me this is an average whisky, my expectations were greater than the naked reality, disappointing. How sad, never mind! A realy, very bitter whisky!

  18. TDMartijn scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Overhyped and overpriced imho.
    • Nose
      Very flat, some saltyness
    • Taste
      Neat: Bitter and salty

      With water: less bitter but the saltyness stays.
    • Finish
      Bitterness here again. 

      Finish is long, but bitter still.

  19. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Highland Parkâ€

  20. fudodachi scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Thick, oily. (I have no note on the color.)
    • Nose
      Menthol, fresh, spices, something deep.
    • Taste
      Delicious berries, blackcurrant leaves.
    • Finish
      Good, long.


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