Highland Park 16-year-old

Overall rating
90.05/100
votes
25
Whiskybase ID
WB166973
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
TWE Exclusive
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
First Fill European Oak Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1885
Number of bottles
585
Strength
58.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
TWE
Added on
07 oct 2020 7:30 pm by Piazzolla
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 257.54

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 16-year-old

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.05 points.

  1. HSARGU scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  2. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park 16 year old 2003 sherry butt 1885 TWE Exclusive 58.9%.

    Opened for my son’s 6 month ‘birthday’, Dec 2021.

    Now this might be up there with the darkest whiskies I’ve ever had in a glass. Red brown when held to light; when not it’s just the purple side of black.

    Aroma is plummy, perfumed, touch of menthol-blackcurrant cough medicine, treated wood, the dark fruits go beyond actual fruit into something more liqueur or concentrate-like. It’s a restrained aroma though. Not muted, not closed as such...just restrained. Doesn’t sing or shout.

    Taste is dense, not hot at all, salt comes through the dried fruit (I would say mostly chocolatey dates with a hint of cherry and fig), there’s a medicinal dental rinse waxiness up front that subsides and is replaced by a hint of ginger.

    Very well balanced and cohesive. A good cask this one. It’s a sherry bomber’s dram but not as one-dimensional as I often find them. Actually I’m enjoying this more than most. I’d be wary about adding water to something that already drinks this easy, so I didn’t experiment.

    A very solid sherry bomb without the poor improperly emptied or seasoned cask complaints I usually have. Sulphur? Nowhere near this one. Good stuff.

    If I like it this much, it must be God-tier sherry bomb action! 3.675/87.5

  3. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I found this quirkier than most people
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nose: engine oil and rum raisin cake, oiled leather - saddles and boots and chainsaw gloves. Some gasoline. Hungarian dessert wines- Tokaji? With water more figgy and some maybe slightly strange aromas - some Chinese herbs, astragalus maybe? Some dong quai? And real licorice root glycerrhiza.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Palate: high octane juice! Thick thick mouth, high alcohol - you feel the almost 59%. Rum raisins, espresso and moka, some chocolate covered dried cherries, bitter 100% cacao. Some of the same herbal flavors after water as the nose, plus some rock dust.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Finish: Maple sugar, and tobacco and those worn oiled leathers.

  4. Gris scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/notes/highland-park-16yo-twe.html

    This Highland Park 16yo TWE, on the one hand is a bit like the badass A'Bunadh of Highland Park with its very sherry and cask-raw side… But on the other, even if the latest versions of A'Bunadh have lost a lot in quality (and in interest), we are in a completely different price range. If we compare the two in terms of the age / quality / price ratio, obviously. Because, ultimately, at HP they remain logical with the price of assemblies of this age and of equal (or lower) quality. Afterwards, other single casks (admittedly younger) have good looks too, a little less certainly but for half the price ... But this one has a body and a character a little more up to the asking price than not bad of assemblies giving in the fan-service.
    • Nose
      It rocks heavy and we will let it breathe ... Then I think we will add a little water, rather quickly. Very marked by sherry, as its color suggested. So nice and frank notes of leather and tobacco, chocolate also emerging with the addition of water ... A rather light peat, a little too light even (which evaporates with the addition of water). Notes of red / black fruits (such as blackberries), or dates / dried figs are unfortunately very little present (almost non-existent). This despite my expectations in the matter. Strong, interesting but also a little disappointing.
    • Taste
      Ha yeah, anyway, cocky like mom (mom won't mind, don't worry). A slightly “badass” whisky, very dark, on chocolate (dark and intense), liquorice, soya, tobacco… With the addition of water, notes of nuts emerge, just like figs finally appear. a little more smell with a touch of caramel. Going from cask brut to whisky diluted with a little water is very pleasant I find. I like both but it feels good to switch from one to the other, half-glass like. Take it all in, then we'll give you some ointment. Ya know watta mean?
    • Finish
      Long, on chocolate and tobacco. A fairly strong dryness in the mouth (passing better with the addition of water).

  5. chiefcfc1 scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Wow. Was expecting this. Unbelievable sherry bomb. We need more single casks like this from HP. Only wish I had another bottle

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I'm sure many people will looooooooove this. Man, it's been a while since I have had a bomb like this.
    • Nose
      Roasted coffee beans and dark caramel with loads of warming spices like cinnamon and cloves. There's a touch of burnt rubber, but also soy-marinated, barbecued chicken (focus on the soy). Bung cloth and chili-laced dark chocolate too. Finally a whiff of resin.
    • Taste
      Big, intense, dry and heavily sherried, yet it has preserved a bit of juicy sweetness. There's even a tinge of smoke (while I couldn't detect any on the nose). The spiciness is spot on and well-balanced with dried fruits and burnt caramel. Some tobacco leaves, maybe even a touch of mint.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, raisins, caramel, coffee grounds. Very long.

  7. PeteBoxall scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Not my review, but have 2 bottles at home waiting to be tucked into: TWE have finally released tasting notes
    • Nose
      Singed caramel, worn leather and malt loaf to start. Rich, dark fruity notes build, with fruitcake and bittersweet chocolate joined by blackcurrants and dried cherries. A touch of aniseed and pine spiciness develops.
    • Taste
      Intense, as the colour suggests, with brown sugar sweetness and dark and smoky barrel char tussling at first. It quickly calms, to aromatic oak, dark caramel and rich dried fruit. The fruit cake and malt loaf notes from the nose take centre stage, with cola sweetness balanced by dry spice.
    • Finish
      Caramel, toffee, spiced fruit loaf, stewed raisins, baked apples – long, lingering, spicy and rich.

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