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

Average value

€ 80.09

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Cask Strength

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 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. 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

  4. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. just 2thetop scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: actually it doesn't need any water at all, but it can take a good shot without falling apart, which speaks for a decent amount of older malt, with water it becomes fruity and sweeter and the leather note takes a back seat. I think it's better with water

    Conclusion: For a long time again an HP OA under 100 Eur, which convinced me. Great whisky with which the HP DNA comes across well, also the combination Armican Oak and Sherry
    • Nose
      super intense, but by far not as alcoholic as initially feared, leathery sherrynoen, forest honey, subtle heather peat smoke, forest honey, orange peel, toffee, tobacco, apricots
    • Taste
      very oily, the alcohol is clearly noticeable here too, of course, but still very well integrated, bold, nice sweetness, plus leather, tobacco, a little wood and heather, apricot jam
    • Finish
      long, the heather peat is a bit stronger here, oranges and apricots, honey, light wood spice at the back

  9. Derufus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry, sour cherry, black forest, heather, rum soaked raisins, waxy, tiramisu cream, dark chocolate flakes, distant aromatic vanilla smoke
    • Taste
      89 89
      In line with the nose, very soft and well balanced. Very sweet, orange liquer, oily, carrot cake, morello cherry syrup on pancakes, whiffs of vanilla smoke
    • Finish
      88 88
      Not very long but leaves such a velvety feeling upon your taste buds, so soft.. for 63.3% it's quite an achievement


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