Highland Park Saint Magnus

Overall rating
86.74/100
votes
319
Whiskybase ID
WB17759
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 2:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 424.40

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Saint Magnus

38 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.74 points.

  1. robbert88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    highland park saint magnus

    The best highland park I've had the pleasure of drinking so far. A really delicious whisky for the wet, cold and dark days.
    • Nose
      91 91
      N: wow. I've never had a nose like this in a highland park. They should make this more!

      On the nose scents of raisins, sherry, apple crumble, gently some cigar leaves, warm apple pie, vanilla, sweet peat, black pepper, cinnamon, old dusty books.
    • Taste
      90 90
      P: pepper, more peat smoke than the nose suggests. It is apparently hidden in the nose under a thick sherry layer and pops out in the palette. Honey, tobacco, leather, slightly salty, can also be called a bit earthy, clear sherry, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, mandarin peel,
    • Finish
      89 89
      F: long, warming, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, peat smoke, burnt wood,

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  3. springtank scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

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

    Overpriced.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fine leather and tobacco leaves notes, but there is a quite distant still noticeable rubbery note.
    • Taste
      90 90
      An all rounder , with heather, chocolate plus smoother tobacco notes and a slice of quince.
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. manmathiou scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Hlektrion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Imp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: lots of sweet sherry notes, dark chocolate, oranges, hints of heather honey and peat, even some ham and meaty notes.

    Taste: strong and heavy, but not harsh as you might expect from 55.0% strength, lots of sherry sweetness again, spices and touch of oak.

    Finish: long and spicy with just a hint of peat, adding a splash of water adds more smoke.

    Overall: it doesn't feel like young 12 yo malt, powerful, convincing and mature spirit it is, way better than standard 12 yo expression.

    Score = 22 22 22 22, 88/100!

  11. John87 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  13. Gregers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful dram, if only any 12yo from HP these days was up here with this one.

    Review: https://youtu.be/ikateDT1ITU
    • Nose
      91 91
      Definitely sherried, light dried fruits, but really the first note that hits you is freshly baked scone and a pouch of pipe tobacco, really nice. Raisins, dates, dried apricot, light orange oil, little bit of marzipan and marshmallow, toffee, vanilla, maple syrup. A little bit closed, but really a very nice nose. Some wonderful notes of glazed walnuts show up as well.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The ABV is really perfect, strong with a little pinch, black pepper, it's filling with cane sugar sweetness, light smoke, little bit of ginger, toffee, lots of barley, fabulous malt. Very pure, and balance is great. Second chew brings more smoke and ginger, but also richer toffee, and sugary molasses. Tobacco leaf, apricot jam, orange oil. Yum. Third chew is slightly drier, but also ripe red apple and ripe banana joining the party.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Light smoke, light oak, fruity and stewed vegetable sweetness, light mint, tobacco.

  14. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good, warm, like a cupcake, whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark dried fruits, raisins and grapes, baked waffle and cupcake, oily, warm, full of autumn tones. A little smoke.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, slightly spicy, dried fruit compote, plum and grape jam.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Aftertaste of sweet raisins, prunes and baked apple.

  15. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fragrance: rich and sweet with sherry, honey, tropical fruit, green banana, cooking pear, cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaves, mocha and milk chocolate. Behind it cedar, moss, oak, orange, a touch of smoke and sea.

    Taste: Peat, clay, earth, sweet honey, orange marmalade, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather, malt and salty sea.

    Finish: almond, clay, peat smoke, honey and fruit.

    If only every Highland Park had this quality with 12 years old ... And then for a normal price.

  16. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    edited 12/2020 - second bottle.
    notes from a blind tasting i did whisky mystery style

    very drinkable for it's abv. Soft beautiful whisky, light peaty touch, some old dusty smells, nice & sweet!
    • Nose
      92 92
      old leather, old books, very nice
      dried fruits, smokey wood fire, herby, earthy, woody
      sweet, light peatsmoke
    • Taste
      91 91
      dried fruits, seems sherried, sweet & sour, very nice
      bit burnt, acts light & gentle
    • Finish
      91 91
      nice, warming, sweet/sour, long but soft in a good way

  17. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  18. 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.

  19. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Imp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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 

  22. 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.

  23. Maltkanzlei 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. barryfox915 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold.
    Nose: On vegetamine, yeast extract, some rubber, toffee and
    burnt seaweeds.
    Taste: Peaty, salty, very maritime, on burnt rubber and some
    sulphur. The finish is long, bitter, rubbery and sulphury.
    General
    Impression: Not my style of Highland with its intense flavours of burnt tyres
    and matches. I liked the first version very much, but this one is a different
    beat, with probably a fair proportion of first fill sherry casks.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting16.html#Nov21

     

     

  27. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    88/89.
    • Nose
      A clear sherry influence. Dark cherry, toffee, milk chocolate and lime. Clearly a sulphuric touch like liquorice as well, but in a positive sense actually. With water some peach and ash.
    • Taste
      Cherry, toffee, dark chocolate, liquorice and peat. Water releases more of the peat.
    • Finish
      Toffee, chocolate, liquorice, peat and cherry.

  28. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (citrus, apples), caramel, vanilla, honey, peat smoke 
    • Taste
      Spicy, fruity (oranges, apples),honey, earthy 
    • Finish
      Long, dry, some bitterness

  30. Wild Thing scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry and light smoke. Honey sweetie and then come dry fruits. Very far away a touch of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Very intensive. First ginger and nutmeg. Then sweet and smoky with nuts ... maybe a baked apple?
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Some smoke.

  31. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hot on the heels of the well-received Earl Magnus 12 years old of high strength, limited edition Highland Park, the distillery now Saint Magnus, which is a setting of whiskys largely ripened in Spanish oak barrels, of which about 20 percent were first fill. The youngest whisky in the setting dates from 1998. Warm and spicy on the nose, leathery, with dried fruit and a little smoke. With time Relatively dry on the gently smoky palate. Water versions more smoke and sweet heather blossom. Smoky, black pepper, orange and spicy oak in the finish.

  32. Finlaggan scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My notes, along with the other bottlings in the Magnus series, can be found in this HP Special on my blog:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2012/06/highland-park-distillery-special.html

  33. D3US scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I must admit I remember this as delicious, almost mythical whisky, just like the Saint, but I'm a little stumped now. It's not bad, not at all, but it's not as great as I was expecting. Adequate nonetheless, but not one I'd quickly buy again, especially at the price it's going for nowadays.
    • Nose
      A bit earthy and something reminding me of copper and dried grass. But there's some nice fresh fruits and a spring flower note. Oak and some nice malt, also some dry sherry at the back.
    • Taste
      A very dry mouthfeel, sherry kicking in. Some sharp oak as well and citrus fruit like orange and pineapple. Honey sweetness now, after the mouth is done tingling. Still at 55% it's not as taxing on the mouth as I expected.
    • Finish
      The gums and tongue regain feeling and the mouthwatering begins. Fruity sweetness with honey, some coffee-like spices, caramel, roasted nuts and an oily quality to it, coating the mouth. At the end there's some of that HP gentle smoke, but not as much as I'd like. 

  34. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Malty and fruity aroma, floral honey, vanilla,

    enigine oil, dried figs, prunes, ripe melon, smoked bacon and cinnamon.

    Peaty and tannic taste, vanilla, floral honey, lemon pepper, rubber,

    cashew nuts and orange marmelade. Long, peaty and herbal end.

  35. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  36. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: earthy, nice sherry influence, some peat, stewed meat and aniseed
    T: grass and cacao, syrup, creamy, sweet and gently smoky
    F: syrup, peat, heath and lingering smoke

  37. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is an interesting <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Highland Park, but not earth shattering. The price is exactly that, if you consider the fact that this is a 12 year old whisky, after all. The unique packaging does not change that fact.
    • Nose
      After the initial alcohol burn, the nose offers new leather, dried citrus, heather, apples in caramel, honey and pepper. But the whole is rather sharp and young. After a while, I get some earthiness and grilled pig, covered in honey and a slight smokiness.
    • Taste
      The palate starts rather dry, but very spicy, on cinnamon and ginger. Again apples in caramel and dried oranges. Liquorice, woodsmoke and a handful of nuts. A lot of sherry, even turning somewhat bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, drying and (too) bitter towards the end.

  38. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The second edition of Highland Park`s Magnus series sees the former Earl

    elevated to sainthood after his canonisation following his murder by an

    evil relative.

     

  39. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hot on the heels of its well received Earl Magnus release of high-strength, limited-edition Highland Park, the distiller has now issued Saint Magnus, which is a vatting of whiskies largely matured in Spanish oak casks, of which around 20 per cent were first fill. The youngest whisky in the vatting dates from 1998. Warm and mellow on the spicy, leathery nose, with dried fruits and a little smoke. With time, earthier notes and damp, forest floors develop. Relatively dry on the gently smoky palate. Water releases more smoke and sweet heather notes. Smoke, black pepper, orange and spicy oak in the finish.

  40. hsmithjr scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Serious bang for your buck. Nice job, HP!
    • Nose
      Sweet. Dried friuts (dates, raisins). Sherried. Honey. Creme brulee. Leather.
    • Taste
      This is serious! Huge flavor! Sweet vanilla icing, holiday spices, nutmeg. More dark dried fruits and some wood. Peat smoke.
    • Finish
      Pepper and spices. Oak. Fairly long and smoky.

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