Highland Park Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Robust & Intense
sherry seasoned American oak casks
Release No. 1
63.3 % Vol.
350 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Sep 2020 2:39 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 86.43

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Cask Strength

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.59 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    The Highland Park Cask Strength Batch 1, a NAS whisky with a strong 63.3% and a price of around 70 euros does not need to hide against its competitors such as Glendronach Cask Strength, Benriach or Benromach - quite the opposite. The Cast Stength offers the typical HP distillery character and rewards the connoisseur with a balanced profile. A clear purchase recommendation for the current prices. I will certainly treat myself to another bottle. All in all, I gave 91 points.
    • Nose
      The HP is oily and rather restless with its 63.3% in the nosing glass. The high alcohol content initially cools the nose a little. But after a few minutes this has completely disappeared and wonderful HP-typical notes come through. Honey, vanilla, heather, fine wood and really just a tiny nuance of smoke. The alcohol seems to be blown away and you can rightly say: THAT is a Highland Park!
    • Taste
      First I dare to try the HP on its own. Old Swede, it goes off in your mouth! Understandably, the 63.3% push hard at first, but to my astonishment the malt is soft, oily and smooth on the tongue after a few seconds. As with the HP 1995 MOS, there is a little more smoke in the mouth than in the nose. The flow of saliva is properly stimulated and hints of light chocolate like oranges and a hint of coffee and nutmeg are added to the honey and vanilla notes. Very interesting, very pleasant and dangerous to drink!
      With water: With water, the HP opens up a bit and looks a bit more complex in the nose. Suddenly I hear a delicate note of caramel and after sniffing a little, I also have the cigar box in the background. On the tongue, the HP is now a bit milder and sweeter, but the basic character is retained.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the sweetness of honey and oranges dominate, but the spicy notes of oak soon take off. Nuances of pepper and ginger now speak up and play a harmonious counterpoint to the herbalism from the nosing. The sweetness cannot be completely suppressed and there remains a long-lasting potpourri of the elements on the tongue that conjures an ecstatic smile on your face.

  2. Amaliana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The messenger of the gods brought me the new Highland Park Cask Strength today
    NAS, 63.3%

    I was very skeptical but too curious not to order it.
    So far not a fan of HP, never been, good the 40y is cool and the one we bottled ourselves on site

    And now this one? NAS ... but at least in barrel strength

    What can I say? Great stuff

    Even in the bottle it smells wonderfully sweet and only in the glass

    Sweet and spicy like forest honey
    Really thick and oily, like good olive oil
    Ripe apricots, homemade vanilla sauce, a bit tart at the end like this orange jam with the whole slices together with sweet porridge

    I love him and will reorder something for bad times

  3. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Well done Highland Park, a real showcase of the distillery! This is what whisky drinkers want from you: affordable high quality whisky at cask strength (instead of an endless parade of indistinguishable NAS Viking bottles). It's incredibly soft for its high strength and doesn't need water to open up, very impressive!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Typical Highland Park peat: light but aromatic. A bit floral with a raw metallic note, but sweetness dominates: honey, grilled pineapple, some passion fruits and chocolate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Light peat waves, with more pronounced floral notes that borders a perfume. Citrus fruits, apricot, subtle notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The metallic note of the nose can be found again, and it also has some mineral/coastal notes. Above all it is very soft for 63,3%, which indicates well integrated alcohol. Very good!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Waves of mild aromatic peat, with citrus fruits, chocolate and coconut. Some leather too, and it's quite oily. A sweet aftertaste sticks.

  4. SteveW110 scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    90 points or more?
    I laugh my head off!

    The part is biting, even with water and then bitter without end. Metallic youth dominates the finish ...

    It may be an interesting malt for beginners, but not for whisky connoisseurs

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    The leathery notes are really not bad but rather typical for some HPs and you really smell the Vikings - not much water needed but better because of the high abv
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lot of heather, leathery notes, tobacco, hints of toffee, whiffs of honey, chocolate, little earthy and farmy - really not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very punchy, oily, more farmy, leathery notes, spices, oak wood, little nutty, citrusy, lemony, little smoky - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, spicy

  6. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. just 2thetop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Surprisingly good without water or time in the glass. Not so far from the 12 but amped up rich and sweet which makes it a little less complex for my palate but still very enjoyable.

  8. Myke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A really pleasant malt on the nose. The taste - for me - can only be tolerated with water. Everyone has to assess that for themselves.
    But I think that water is basically good for him and he does not lose anything, the only thing is that it (for me) gives him more bitterness.
    Hitting the sweet spot is the challenge for me here.
    Overall an interesting release 1; makes you want to release 2.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...]
    • Nose
      87 87
      without water:
      Initially nutty aroma - that's where the Oloroso sherry comes through for me. After enough time / air it goes towards oily macadamia and walnut, and some hazelnut.
      The nutty one also brings - for me quite clearly - brown sugar and marzipan, which I personally like very much.
      Dark fruits of raisins, juicy plums are dominant in the foreground and I also have something berry at first, but then goes more towards cherries.
      In addition, there is an aroma of milk chocolate.
      A little further back, the seasoning and the heather come into play and yet clearly transport the DNA of HP.
      The 63.3 vol% are actually quite well integrated and are not consistently penetrating, even if the nose tingles really well every now and then.
      No trace of sulfur. So really great in the nose; I didn't have that at a first tasting ... maybe. was because the sample was able to draw in more air.
      I had a similar effect with Macallan, where the malt got better over time, because it could improve with more air in exchange.

      with water:
      it opens up even more and pushes the sherry character with even more nut flavors to the front. The fruits are now even more noticeable.
      For me it is very clear: this malt can tolerate water.
    • Taste
      85 85
      without water:
      First of all: I'm not the typical Cask Strength drinker who needs 60+ vol%!
      phew, the alcohol kicks in quite hard on the tongue. Because of the alcohol and the stinging sensation on the tongue, I have no real taste at all.
      I get a maximum of the nuttiness, but that's about it for me. I definitely need (enough) water.

      with water (reduced to below 50%):
      soft, oily, more spice pushes itself on the tongue. But it then also turns into a tart coffee aroma / espresso / dark chocolate very quickly,
      which, with more time, drifts into a walnut skin aroma that I don't really like; Fortunately, it is limited.
      Dark fruits can then be perceived a little further back - this shifts towards the nose.
      the more water he gets, the better it is drinkable for me, unfortunately this also pushes the bitterness more into the foreground; mmh, it's a shame for me.
    • Finish
      82 82
      without water:
      Nutty aromas and tart notes of dark chocolate / dark cocoa beans linger a little, unfortunately - for me - not more.

      with water:
      similar to without water, just a little more bitterness.
      Overall, the finish is limited, even if the nuttiness lasts for a reasonably long time; the rest is gone too quickly in my eyes.

  9. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is pretty intense but simple with notes of fried eggs, smoked citrus fruits, leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is very hot, intense and beautifully peated with typal HP-ish burnt flowers, chocolate and citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is long, peppery with lingering spices and notes of chocolate, fried eggs and bitter oakiness.

  10. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Deeper orange amber.

    Nose: Bigger smoke and spice, vanilla, apricot, caramel, camp fire.

    Palate: Sweet caramel, campfire smoke, vanilla, apricot.

    Finish: Creamy vanilla, stone fruit, pepper.

    With Water: Needs quite a bit. Sweeter, softer.

    Overall: Young but powerfully flavored, nicer than the 12 yo and up there with the 18 yo.


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