Highland Park 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Series
Stated Age
10 years old
European Oak
Number of bottles
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Spirits in the sky 2019 Exclusive
Added on
08 Nov 2019 4:02 pm by jellyfish
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.24

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2008

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.89 points

  1. Peregrine scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    I doubt that this is a refill. Needs a few drops of water. Full on sherry with a hint of smoke. Absolute cracker
    • Nose
    • Taste
    • Finish
      Whisky. Long.

  2. Odinson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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      88 88
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      89 89
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      89 89

  3. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
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      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
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      86 86

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Honeysweet & Umami

    I hope this Corona virus crisis blows over quickly, for in November I would very much like to return to the best whisky festival in Belgium: Spirits in the Sky. Last year, Mario and his team released a single cask Highland Park in honour of their festival.

    Very powerful nose on roast beef, raisins, plum liqueur, walnuts and a date marmalade like the one you’ll get served for breakfast in Tunisia. Honeysweet and umami. Chewing tobacco and a light smokiness like we are used to from Highland Park. But it must have been quite an active cask, considering that it was a refill hogshead!

    On the palate as well, it is an immediate bomb! Dark sherry notes (dark fruit, cloves, chili peppers) joined by lots of umami traits like gravy and chewing tobacco. It’s grand, but at the same time just a tad too much for me. The smokiness is certainly bigger than the nose announced. This is truly a powerful flavour bomb.

    The finish last forever, puts your saliva glands to work and ends with a beautiful trace of cherry juice.

    I think this whisky will polarize. Some will find it outstanding, others will think it’s over the top. I’m afraid I’m with the second group. But it certainly is good.

  6. Arranthony_Moray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Highland Park is known for it's extensive range of quality single casks that are bottled in limited numbers for specific markets. This HP was bottled specially for the Spirits in the Sky Whisky Festival in Brussels in November 2019. This single cask is a beautiful expression of a powerful sherry matured Highland Park.
    I was really surprised when I learned that this was aged on a refill (!) hogshead ... unbelievable !
    • Nose
      89 89
      On the nose you get a really beautiful and powerful punch of raisins and other dried red fruit, think of dried figs, prunes and dates. The nose included a really gentle touch of sweet smoke in a signature Highland Park Style. This gentle sweet smoke reminds of sweet prune tobacco with a really gentle and delicate touch of spearmint.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Like the nose, the taste starts with a lot of sweet dark sherry. The texture is very oily and meaty and reminds me in mouthfeel strongly of a classic style Mortlach. De flavour of raisins and other dried red fruit is quite prominent present but is accompanied sublime with sweet and gentle hints of milk chocolate and a really delicate touch of sweet prune tobacco. The extremely soft and delicate hint of smoke is really well integrated in the entire flavour profile en is only noticed in the end, between the taste and the finish … this is Highland Park at it's best for me !
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is really long and can stay in the mouth for over an hour after consumption. The finish is dominated by sweet tobacco and reminds me of an e-cigarette with cherry of strawberry flavor. Even the smallest sip of your glass results in an explosion of flavor and can keep you company for a whole evening.

  7. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Big, big sherry, perhaps a little over the top for some, and not entirely as clean or fruity as I’d like. Recommended for those who like meaty, full-bodied sherry bottlings though.


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