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Highland Park Saint Magnus

Overall rating
86.60/100
votes
249
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Inga Saga Trilogy - Edition Two
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
12 years old
Number of bottles
11994
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314089108
Added on
18 Aug 2010 2:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 421,01

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Saint Magnus

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 points

  1. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well, I think this one really shows the potential of the distillery. There is nothing fancy about it, just the basic thing: sweet and heathery, lightly smoky and rounded, nothing special, the contents are just what they should and could be doing all the time. Actually bought a bottle for keeping a few years back. It was, of course considering facts of the matter, overpriced already then (about a hundred €). It actually took until now that it is getting even more (insanely in honest) overpriced.

  2. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Excellent mole, nondescript and chained aroma foreshadowing boredom and despondency is replaced by an explosion of heat, joy and fun, power and depth are attached, pitches in the same place. If it were not for the fragrance, it would easily overstep the 90, and so - a little less.
    • Nose
      Restrained, cold, grain, malt, dry grass, barnyard, salt, window putty, light smoke, smoked notes.
    • Taste
      Warm, rich, sweet-oak with astringent bitterness, peppery wave, burnt dried fruits, dried apples, burnt biscuits.
    • Finish
      Spicy oak, ginger, orange peels, coriander, rye bread, stout, dry herbs, a few needles and tar, very rich and warm.

  5. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Imp scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    head-to-head comparison with 15 yo Earl Magnus and 18 yo Earl Haakon can be found here http://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2017/01/whisky-felling-tasting-2-orkney-saga.html 

  8. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Deep old golden color. Gorgeous, fresh, slightly smoky-sweet scent, as it arises when you throw fruit pieces, especially pineapple, on the smoker in summer. On the palate Sherrynoten, restrained sweetness - a caramelizing cinnamon sugar mixture, was mixed at the expense of sugar. Bitter orange marmalade, orange zest and cardamom give the malt at least a touch of pre-Christmas enjoyment. The cleanly integrated alcohol awakens all spirits. At the conclusion of the smoke is more pronounced, the finish is wonderfully elongated and occupied towards the end of the tongue with the characteristic film. Class! Now I feel warm again! For me, still one of the most interesting malts that HP has brought to market in recent years. The comparison to the current 21er and even the last 25yo he does not have to fear for my taste, which is a great compliment for the young saint, given the quality of this malts.

  9. Hemdl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great malt, no doubt. If you omit all the junk (wooden box, story, high price) and put it on permanently, Highland Park would have climbed the top of the standard bottlings in this segment. So "only" remains the title as -for me one of the few really convincing special bottlings of recent years, which could almost justify their price.
    • Nose
      Ashy smoke with initially slightly acidic notes, which I assign to the sherry casks. Quite a bit sulfur, superficial but very fresh and fruity, citrus fruits set the tone next to the smoke.
      Great nose and really impressive for the young age. No comparison to the normal 12 highland park.
    • Taste
      Restrained sherry notes surrounded by sweet smoke and some vanilla. Again, citrus fruits are between sweet-spicy oak and winter spices like cinnamon. Nice mixture of strong and subtle notes, which give a coherent overall picture. The strong volume percent and the noticeable smoke give the malt a certain mouthfeel, which nevertheless allows for lighter notes and does not have an overwhelming effect.
    • Finish
      In the long finish initially sweetish-spicy, later a little bit more dry with mininum bitterness.

  10. janos63 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Note by Serge:

    Highland Park 12 yo 'Saint Magnus' (55%, OB, 11,994 bottles, 2010) A sequel to the excellent 'Earl Magnus' 15yo from last year. Mostly Spanish oak casks, of which 20% first fill. Please not that the picture is of last year's version but it should be very similar. Colour: gold. Nose: really punchy, starting quite smoky with hints of barbecued spare ribs with honey sauce and a noticeable kirschiness. It’s no gentle whisky – or is it a gentle brute? It’s also rather flinty and liquoricy, with some leather as well as quite some grass and spicy oak. Very nice but a tad rawish so far. With water: gets grassier, as expected, closer to the malt, with some smoked apples (or something like that) and maybe hints of banana skin and heather honey. Smoother but still quite ‘terroir’. Also damp clay, slight mouldiness, very pleasant.

    Mouth (neat): really punchy, starting all on spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and a tarry smokiness that reminds me of some sherried Islayers in a certain way. The cinnamon is really big. Only marginally honeyed so far. With water: now it’s really excellent, with a great earthiness, roots (is that terroir speaking? ;-)), marzipan, a waxiness, notes of bitter oranges… Finish: long, with a wee dash of pepper and ginger added to the combo. The peat is more obvious too. Comments: it’s got an obvious relationship with last year’s ‘Earl’ but this one is maybe a little rawer – and, I think, peatier. Global quality is similar in my view, and this one swims very very well. A true islander. SGP:363 - 89 points.

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