Highland Park Cask Strength

Overall rating
86.35/100
votes
347
Whiskybase ID
WB166530
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Robust & Intense
Bottled
04.08.2020
Casktype
sherry seasoned American oak casks
Casknumber
Release No. 1
Strength
63.3 % Vol.
Size
350 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0201C
Barcode
5010314310035
Added on
30 sep 2020 2:39 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 98.56

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Cask Strength

72 users have left 73 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.35 points.

  1. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Strong, but quite good without water.

  2. zurbaran scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. aw-home scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Fudge with heather, honey, spices, hints of peat smoke and citrus.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fudge with spices, mango, a hint of peat smoke and heather.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long with tangerine, mango, hints of peat smoke, heather and fudge.

  5. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Ringstone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A real Highland Park but stronger, there's a lot to explore!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. man2392 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Heather honey, vanilla and toffee

  8. lingige scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. jazzvilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  10. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

  11. molpet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very nice addition to the core range. Typical HP notes: heather, honey, spices and light smoke.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. The whisky is definitely oily in the glass.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Light sweetness. Vanilla. Caramel. Lots of spices. Rather spicy. Traces of cinnamon. Maybe nutmeg. A trace of dried fruit, but far in the background. Heather honey. Heathers. The high alcohol strength is quite clearly perceptible. The nose seems neither too full nor very complete. Maybe a little water would be good. Milk chocolate began to appear in the background against the other nose. Less spiciness, more sweetness. Even noticeable aromas of meadows and flowers.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A trace of smoke. A lot of honey, rather heather honey. Lots of spices. Chili, hot black pepper. Caramel. There is oilyness.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sweetness. Honey. Caramel. Traces of yellow fruit in the syrup. Peaches. Very delicate ginger, but it may be leftover from the tongue, where it was definitely more spicy. Here the finish is smooth. A distant trace of cocoa. Dessert chocolate. Medium-long finish.

  13. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  14. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  15. KB201 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The Highland Park Cask Strength underlines the most important features of the characteristic taste profile with an alcohol content of 63.3%.
    A robust and intense bottling from the Orkney Islands.
    • Nose
      Soft toffee, heather honey, freshly grated nutmeg and citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Orange peel, ripe mango, sweet pear and creamy vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long and soft with lasting peat smoke.

  16. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, powerful dram. Nice combination of floral tones and a touch of sea breeze.
    • Nose
      Sweet, dark honey. Malt and caramel. Nose tingles a lot. Already smells oily. More floral and herbaceous after the first sip. In addition, a touch of mineral sea breeze.
    • Taste
      Powerful start. Nougat. Pepper. Honey. Sweet barley malt. Delicious. Spicier with water. More oak.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Stay cute. With water, the pepper comes back in the finish and it becomes significantly drier.

  18. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    the pretty good characteristic of american sherry

  19. g2ther scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Casketje scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad whisky (no off-notes anyway) but wayyyy too much alcohol on the palate - even with water the alcoholic sting didn't go away.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] "Curiosity killed the cat" but not the whisky connoisseur (so far) that is why I bought a bottle of this new cask strength edition from this distillery known for excellent young drams too (there not that many of them)...

    ...and this dram is pretty nice, but I had better 8-years old cask strength editions before (e.g., from Gordon & MacPhail). Nonetheless, this is easy drinking stuff at 63.3% abv (not joking) provided your taste buds are capable to cope with such a high proof. Remember the old ad slogan "If it is too strong - you are too weak!"?
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is amber and the nose offers an impressive and surprisingly mature profile with all the trademark Highland Park aromas presents, among them heather honey, old-style waxes and a whiff of peat. The wood is firm but not dominating and despite the high proof (63.3% abv!) this nose is not punchy at all. This is quite good for a NAS edition.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is very sweet with much more sherry-induced flavours than with the nose. The wood again is firm and provides a solid backbone with spices and tannins but never tries to dominate. The waxes grow stronger upon chewing and add to the bitter side what I like but there are sweet fruits which counter this attack, too. Water turns both nose and taste punchier, surprisingly but does not add any new impressions. A further reduction takes this away again but now an unpleasant metallic/cardboardy note pops up in the nose while the taste flattens somewhat. As strange as it sounds - I prefer this dram neat at 63.3% abv.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating without any hot moments despite the high abv. Wow, this is really excellent for such a dram. The finish is of medium length and adds some chocolatey impressions and (even) more barley sugars. Again, no distracting moments except a minor bitter wooden note towards the very end.

  22. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    After tasting my first glass I was quite enthusiastic, a dram with power. After my second glass, I was actually disappointed in HP again. A one-dimensional whisky with a concealing high alcohol percentage. I never touched the bottle again.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Young, slightly smoky, vanilla.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Youthful, metallic, slightly smoky, honey.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short finish, much of the same.

  23. prestonclub scored this whisky 15 points Expert Senior

    I think that the terms “Robust & Intense” are perfectly justifying from the first seconds in the mouth of this alcohol which is no longer, at this stage, peppery but spicy. Alcohol literally burns your tongue and palate even with just a few drops in your mouth.

    So okay, it is 63.3% but all the same, it is on the verge of twisted guts. The flavors of caramels and licorice appear fleetingly to you but the searing alcohol quickly takes over and leaves you with a nice feeling of constant heat in the chest.

    A mountain whisky but certainly not for informed amateurs.

    Without doubt the worst whisky for the end of the year
    Indeed, it's strength is 63.3% but still, it's on the verge of a bad gut. The flavors of caramels and licorice appear fleetingly, but the searing alcohol quickly takes over and leaves you with a strong feeling of constant heat in the chest.

    A whisky for bikers but certainly not for experienced amateurs.

    Without doubt the worst whisky for the end of the year

  24. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    solid malt
    would have expected more sherry influence
    too much rotten eggs
    no painting for me
    • Nose
      nutty, heather, mini vanilla, drying up tree leaves, spicy, oak, mini flowery, mini honey, colorful and salty (almost like a chlorine bath)

      with water: milk chocolate, earthy, elastic band, mini fruity comes
    • Taste
      full, strong, oily
      tingling, minimal smoke, slightly rotten eggs, oak, mini chemical, a note that I can't name but is great

      with water: softer, very nutty !!, raffia, coffee, pepper
    • Finish
      long
      Oak, sulfur is less, bitter, plastic

      with water: bitter, moist coffee powder

  25. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Another Highland Park, which has stayed in my house, I like and taste very much. I like whisky with the power of a barrel, and the one with 63.3% voltage is surprisingly well-balanced, with well-hidden alcohol.
    After adding water, a young oak tree appeared in the aroma, and the flavor was chocolate filled with chilli with a little salt.
    Overall ... This is what I like. I will definitely buy a second bottle as soon as I see the bottom of the first one.
    • Nose
      delicate, refreshing, vanilla, a bit of raisins, new skin
    • Taste
      sweet, slightly coffee, quite strong, orange peel, a pinch of pepper
    • Finish
      long, honey, warming, pleasant

  26. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. 2ndSip 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.

  28. Sporx scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    + 20.11.
    Aroma sherry, a little sulfur, a little cowshed, dried fruits

    Taste sweet, a lot of fruit, vanilla, spicy

    Medium-long finish, becoming a bit bitter

  29. elipszis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Base line piece, but does not compete with
    'Single Cask Series'
    • Nose
      87 87
      vanilla pudding
      sherry
      alcohol
      mint/nettle tea (herbal notes)
      honey
      peach
      citric
    • Taste
      87 87
      honey
      oily
      salty
      peaty/smoky
      the pungency of a wooden barrel
      nettle tea
      citric
    • Finish
      86 86
      salty
      brown sugar
      acid lemon juice

  30. diamond2000 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, burnt caramel, creamy toffee, dried apples and pears, honey, floral motifs, sweet citrus fruits with zest, - oranges, tangerines. Phenolicity quite slightly, - a burnt piece of wood, smoke in the distance; slips something sea, salt, dry kelp.

    Taste: bright, honey-peppery, burnt caramel, dried fruits, black coffee, cinnamon, bitter zest, oak, all this on a smoky substrate, buttery.

    Finish: medium length, caramel, burned, orange liqueur, dried fruit, minerality, salt, tobacco tones, oak.

    Score: 87

    Bottom line: not very versatile, but with its own charm, generic HP traits are in place - honey, creamy caramel, sweet citruses, light smoke.
    It also makes sense to experiment with water, some nuances become clearer, but something fades.

  31. 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.

  32. Don Cassi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts out very intensely after rum pot and strawberries, buttery, the alcohol stings in the nose, but is still well integrated and leaves room for the remaining aromas. In the background a light herbal note and some banana.

    In the mouth it is very intense and full, plus fruity and sour.

    In the finish it comes out very full and intense, with chocolate and nuts, heather and polished oak, at the end it ends with a little peat smoke.

    Great, intense HP, the alcohol is well integrated and literally burns the aromas into the palate. He can only be accused of being young.

    Grade: 2+

  33. DGV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The taste in this sample represents the strong point of the beverage. The aroma is of average quality, without unnecessary frills, perhaps this is a consequence of the influence of a high degree, however, we had to try samples even stronger, but with a much richer palette. As a result, it turned out to be a good, not complex whisky, for lovers of cask strength.
    • Nose
      Thorny, the fortress from the very beginning declares itself. Rubber band, fruit and berry tones, warm pastries, very light smoked.
    • Taste
      Enveloping, I would even call it mild anesthesia, but not alcoholic. Light wine tones, hot pie, raspberry jam, barrel.
    • Finish
      Long but simple.

  34. StephenG scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Beautiful color for a start, pretty attractive. As for the nose, it smells good (cooked and dried fruits, a bit of smoke) but there is clearly no complexity in it and the tasting confirms it soon enough. This is not a bad whisky, not at all, but it simply lacks depth and complexity. The high alcohol level is not as harsh as expected, it's more a thrill on the tongue than a burn in the throat, pretty well done for 63,3% ! Once tasted, the finish is quite unfortunately very disappointing, light and quick as lightning.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  35. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Lots of sherry, very sweet and does not bring the intensity of the distillery character I was hoping for, and the abv would suggest. A competent quaffable dram none the less.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  38. 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.

  39. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  40. mnljng scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Yarema scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Whisky that will clear the nose and throat of any Covid patient -))
    Nose - 20
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 83

  42. 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.

  43. KonstUA scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21.5, finish 20.5, balance 21

  44. Comet67 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  45. DannyDram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Peat smoke, marzipan, red berries, roasted aromas, transformer lacquer. Creamy, oily, full-bodied, somewhat bumpy, limited depth and complexity, medium intensity.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This one builds up the pleasure. The nose starts off quite modest, in taste it gains power but actually the finish is the best part, long lasting cigar tobacco.
    Overall this one has less traces of peat than I use to notice in most HP's.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Earthy notes, some slight touch of peat. Some fruitiness, ripe apples. A bit modest nose, hardly any alcohol, despite the high Abv. Some prunes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pretty some power now, intense. The high Abv shows itself. A touch of sweet smoke and peat,fruity, prunes. Some licorice as well. A bit drying mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still some power, more smoke and a whiff of bitter ash, with some prunes and tobacco. Pretty long and intense finish. A lot of cigar tobacco now.

  47. Daan2 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Delicious peppery Highland Park. Although I am not a fan of this brand, it hits like a bomb. Complex and peppery

  48. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  49. Canucks89 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Aroma: Sweet. Lightly seasoned. Funk.
    Taste: Spicy.
    Aftertaste: Medium long. Spicy. Let sherry. Maybe a little smoke. Short Peppermint.

  50. jazzvilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  51. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    20 22 20 21 83

    Powerful, strong, but positive, though I had to drip a bit of water, but that's personal ...

  52. 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

  53. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting
    This was not easy to classify.
    A lot of interplay, but everything a bit impetuous. On my rating scale, which is in principle between 80 and 95, it is in the middle of 86 and 87.
    • Nose
      87 87
      86.5-87
      Bronze tones, somewhat herbaceous, fermented grape pulp, kitschy vanilla-toffee note and also some dry hay.
      Can't really classify it all, but there is definitely a lot and that's not done badly. But time does not bring more clarity here either.
      In blind tasting, tap on approx. 50% and max. ten years.
    • Taste
      86 86
      86.5-87
      Here then already lighter, much sharper and hardly classifiable again, not even after 30 minutes.
      Rather dry, bitter and more like woody hay than sweetness.
      Here I guess at least 50% in blind tasting. With a little imagination I can find smoke tones.
      Mainly dry and a sovereign strength.
    • Finish
      86 86
      86.5
      Remains dry, medium-long bitter and with a burnt ham spiciness.

  54. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice one but maybe too strong for me
    • Nose
      Soft sweet mix of white flowers, leather, honey, and vanilla
    • Taste
      Very oily, sweet honey, leather, and savory (umami?)
    • Finish
      Medium, alcohol bite appear, honey, vanilla, and citrus

  55. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  56. Derufus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  57. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-29-2020

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. Berti scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Sample, allowed approx. 30 min. linger in the glass
    Smell: I find a little beach and sea breeze, hidden behind it are ripe fruits, I actually don't find any smoke at all
    Taste: Oily, finely spicy, alcohol despite 63% nicely integrated not extremely dominant, vanilla cake and cocoa
    Finish: Oak comes after and then also the strength of the alcohol, a slightly bitter but not at all unpleasant note remains

  61. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, strawberry, caramel, orange, a little cinnamon, a little peach, grasses, flower meadow, dried herbs, very little smoke (yes, really WTF), lemon, the alcohol is not bothersome despite over 60%
    • Taste
      Honey, apple, pear, cereal, lemon, lime, some chocolate, some coffee, pepper

  62. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Diluted down to about 52%. A little water is very good for him.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Beeswax, heather, marzipan, almond biscuits, red currant. (Coal) smoky note stronger than in other Highland Parks. Overall very round, no alcohol stinging.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very oily. The nose is roughly reflected on the palate. Again the peat smoke is very present.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warming. Short to medium length. The smoke with some coffee roast aromas remains.

  63. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  64. Gregers scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Oh, what a disappointment. I had expected a core range style expression, but to me this is an experiment gone wrong. Drinkable, yes, but not enjoyable, and far from a classic HP.

    Review: https://youtu.be/0xkGKyEHJWU
    • Nose
      73 73
      Some acetone, beeswax, lemon zest, then light sulphur starts to develop along with green apple skins, light dried fruits, raisins, dates, quite a bit of honey. Heathery notes and hay also start showing up, but the sulphur note keeps developing until it basically takes over, overpowering the last notes of sweet mint and toffee.
    • Taste
      76 76
      The two first notes are strong alcohol and lots of sweetness. Cane sugar and very sweet apple juice. Oh, it's too sweet. Freshly cut grass and oaky bitterness join in, and something slightly minty. Second chew shows a more approachable dram, still warm and peppery, but there's also toffee and custard, along with some welcomed light smoke. Still no match for all that sweetness, though. Third chew is more oily, and while it's still too sweet, the smoke helps. Bitterness is gone, but mint is everywhere. Sweet peppermint and ginger, light smoke, toffee. Drinkable, but not a pleaser. Really not an obvious core expression for HP.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Alcohol is down, leaves warmth, sweetness is now a carrot sweetness with extra sugar, and there's still some smoke. Not exciting at all, and doesn't leave a lasting impression, or any desire to refill the glass.

  65. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo 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

  66. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not immensely complex, quite dry and not very sweet. But well done, simple and effective.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very typical HP nose: wax, honey, heather, floral. Pleasant notes of baked almond cake. Don't look too young. Reminds of the more powerful HP12.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly creamy on the palate, a little rough "robust", not too sweet, made here younger, more vegetal. Always almond cake, heather, honey, maybe a few traces of iodine and a bitterness of plants.
      Creamier with water, the sherry comes out better.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather long finish, on heather, almonds.

  67. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  68. Odinson scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  69. koensieben622 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A nice one from Highland Park but I expected a little bit more to be honest. Nevertheless, worth a try.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry and vanilla in the front, a little bit of 'old, dusty wood', a little bit of smoke but it's not that prominent at all, some chocolate and sweetness, cherries. Very nice and sweet.
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first the warmth, a little spicy/pepper, some wood/oak, a little smokyness and wheat but very little, oily and thick. Some red fruit.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A little peppery finish, somewhat bitter, medium long, the smoke appears after a while.

  70. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Too young and unbalanced for me. In the background I have a very slight sulphurous note like so often the last time in HP bottlings. Will try Brach 2 again but Batch 1 is not mine.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  71. 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.

  72. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 91 points Photo 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.

  73. 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

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