Highland Park Cask Strength

Overall rating
86.08/100
votes
144
Whiskybase ID
WB190042
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Robust & Intense
Bottled
01.07.2021
Casktype
Sherry seasoned European & American oak casks
Casknumber
Release No. 2
Strength
63.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314311360
Added on
19 aug 2021 10:46 pm by drwolfi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 82.65

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Cask Strength

34 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.08 points.

  1. KB201 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Highland Park Cask Strength Release No 2 is the second batch of Cask Strength bottlings. In addition to the slightly higher alcohol content of 63.9%, the taste profile has also changed. However, Release No 2 is also a robust and intense bottling from the Orkney Islands.
    • Nose
      Rose, ripe pear and fresh coconut with peat smoke.
    • Taste
      : Sweet and spicy with poached pear, almond biscuits, honey and salty liquorice.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting with toasted oak, black pepper and sweet anise.

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  3. Qyqyqyqyq91 scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    It’s next springbank!

  4. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ZLako scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    "For this second release in the Cask Strength series, Gordon Motion, our Master Whisky Maker, selected mainly sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, along with just a few ex-bourbon casks. You’ll find aromas of summer rose, ripe pear and fresh coconut gathering on a wave of aromatic peat smoke, followed by a wild harmony of sweet and spicy flavours - poached pear and rich almond cake, a drizzle of cloudy honey and a twist of salty liquorice. There’s the suggestion of toasted oak and intriguing notes of orchard fruits, black pepper and sweet aniseed linger, in a satisfyingly long finish. In a word (or three) we call it ‘smoky peppered praline’."

    I will try this whisky both without and with some water due to it's extreme ABV 63.9%. The highest I have ever had.

    N without W: Alcohol sting right away but what would you expect from 63.9%? Going over that, extremely intensive and complex. Strong oak notes. Loads of vanilla and citrus with a whiff of aromatic peat smoke. Heather and caramel. Amazing. (89)

    P without W: Here we go. Bold. NO ALCOHOL BURN, means it's nicely composed. A very nice mint note with cooling notes. Very rich on the vanilla and and citrus side. Dark sherry notes such as figs, raisins and plums. Heather honey and caramel with some smoke dominates. (88)

    F without W: Long and dry with loads of menthol, spice and aromatic sweet smoke. (84)

    Water added to be around 50%.

    N with W: Wow, definitely opens up the nose. Rich yellow fruits, honey. Some banana and sweet toasted oak. Heather and caramel with some smoke. Red fruits and caramel appears. (90)

    P with W: Some bitterness which is most welcome. Citrus and honey. Heather with caramel and some smoke. Very earthy. Some coal and tar. Very wood forward now. Figs, raisins, plums with strawberries. (94)

    F: Long and dry. A nice bitterness with citrus fruits, heather honey and smoke. (86)

    89 / 90 = 89,5
    88 / 94 = 91
    84 / 86 = 85

    89,5 / 91 / 85 = 88,5 so I'll make it 89 pts / 100

  6. Larry411 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Honey, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, Swedish berry candies, whispy heathery peat, cinnamon hearts

    Compared next to the no. 3, this one has more citrus and tropical fruits, is a smidge spicier, notably less peaty, and seems to veer more to bourbon, but with plenty of great sherry to make this sherry head pleased. The no. 3 veers more peaty, with more sherry, and is a bit gentler over-all. Both are great for different reasons - comes down to taste preference or mood that day, really...

  7. _Dziki_ scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose, tobacco, ripe red wine, leather, marmalade, raisins, dried fruit compote, mash, rot, pickled cucumber pickle, cloves and mulled wine.
    Taste, aroma step by step, more herbs tarragon, dry mulled wine, cumin, tea with rum, despite high ABV alcohol does not dominate, warms but does not burn, more like herbal pepper, chili, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, black cocoa, caramel .
    Finish, long, quite salty, caramel, dry, satisfying

  8. Candy62 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A strong, warming and strongly sherried whisky. Is this good for freezing weather or for Christmas time?
    Nose: oak, honey, sherry, dried fruits
    Taste: mouth filling, honey, sherry, vanilla, cream, soft pepper
    This is richer, and sweeter than Release No 1. But I prefer No 1 because it's straight, drier and more simple and still a wonderful dram.

  9. aquataste scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, vanilla, caramel, clear notes of sherry, green apples, orange peel, ripe fruit, malty, slightly floral, a breath of smoke
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet, ripe fruit, honey, vanilla, notes of sherry, a pinch of white pepper, peat smoke in the background
    • Finish
      Quite long, peat smoke, dark chocolate, a pinch of pepper

  10. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. TKoolhaas did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Coffee, red fruit, salty butter, lemonade, cake, chocolate, wood, mandarin, creamy, fresh hay, liquorice
    • Taste
      Fruitcake, liquorice, orange grater, strawberry milkshake, licorice
    • Finish
      Orange grater, dark chocolate, freshly curled wood, red fruit

  12. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Derufus scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  14. TimkoT scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. Ringstone scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Compared to release no. 1 More sherry, more sulfur and more nutmeg, but less bitterness in the finish.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. glen efze scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    So Highland Park again, it's one of my favorite distilleries... This time the second edition of Highland Park Cask Strength with 63.9% vol. This is the strength that other distillery distillers dilute their New Make to prior to cask bottling. No information on age, the barrels are the usual seasoned barrels made of European and American oak. The whisky is rich golden, a beautiful colour.

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    • Nose
      The alcohol is immediately in the nose and disturbs the aromas. At first only the alcohol develops, as the expected aromas from the sherry cask and the heather peat smoke are hardly present. Water can tame that a bit. Then come fruits and honey, figs and dates. And alcohol ... But there is also fresh wood on the nose. The smoke is barely noticeable in the background, some dry heather. With more water comes more creamy caramel, fudge with mirabelle plum and vanilla. Even the hint of dirty Springbank smoke that is otherwise not felt at all at Highland Park.
    • Taste
      Clear smoke unfolds in the mouth, strong and unrestrained. Despite dilution, the alcohol burns strongly. With more water it becomes more tolerable and stays on the smoky side. There is sweetness, some smoky caramel - but the aromas don't really unfold, the fruit is also missing. But it tastes a bit atypical for Highland Park.
    • Finish
      There remains smoke, there remains wood - but Highland Park is missing.

      The whisky is too alcohol-heavy and the alcohol is not well integrated. This disrupts the Highland Park characteristics and makes the whisky straining, disrupting the aromas. This is not a mature and well-composed whisky, it came into the cask with too much alcohol and was then bottled too soon. But that doesn't calm the distillate. It's not really good. As I said in another tasting - it's a favorite distillery that makes it increasingly difficult...

  17. besar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Thatch scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Somehow not as magnificent today as at the last tasting. In full strength as well as in any dilution not as exciting and varied as I remembered.
    Still a tasty malt, but no longer great.

  19. sakis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  20. dapoinbua scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. Thatch scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Batch #2 was great in my opinion, but couldn't compare to the other batches.
    • Nose
      87 87
      not so inviting at the beginning, one-dimensional. You have to give it time! After 10-15 minutes in the glass, the complete opposite! Endless sherry, red fruit and prunes, followed by that signature vanilla caramel potpourri of creme brulee. You can discover many other flavors with water, bring out the smoke, etc.
    • Taste
      89 89
      First you taste the 63.9% clearly, very strongly. Then an explosion of fruit and smoke, very warming (not surprising given the alcohol content). The smoke fills the entire mouth.
      With water, the HP becomes fruitier and fresher, but also spicier. Smoke can only be guessed at the beginning, but increasingly crowds out the other aromas. Great!
    • Finish
      89 89
      long finish, deep smoke with dried fruit. But once again it only shows its true greatness in diluted form. great salty smoke and dark chocolate followed by an intense spice. The spice disappears after a short time, the dark chocolate stays for a long time. Fascinating play of aromas.

  22. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. DramALife scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    Very smooth nose given its strength, with consistent sweetness carried from nose all the way to the end. This is the dram that changed my mind about the distillery. According to the brand ambassador, the age is between 10-15 years.

    N 27
    - Very creamy
    - Caramel fudge
    - Dry fruit aroma, almost PX cask like
    - Very mild peat hiding behind the fruit

    P 25
    - Orchard fruit, fairly sweet and fruity
    - Then punch on the palate with spice and sweet chilli sauce

    F 24
    - Mid- long finish
    - Dry & fruity
    - Subtle smoke lingering

  24. MarcinCh scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Amber color with slightly reddish accents. Definitely oily in the glass.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Caramel. Creme Brulee. Vanilla pudding. Then some fresh fruit. Then the red fruit. Milk chocolate on the other nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Caramel. Fresh fruit. Dried fruits. Red fruit. Dried raisins. Heavily dried plums. Dessert chocolate. Also milk chocolate with cherries. Ginger. Cinnamon. Oily and full. You can taste it without water. Smoke traces.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Caramel. Smoke traces. Spices. Salt. Medium-long finish.

  25. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A dense forest, with heather, berries, blackberries, ferns, fresh bark, thyme, basil, very rich earth. A campfire in the distance. It's a pine forest, with needles everywhere, and beautiful pine cones falling on us. The peat is relatively light, compared to the intensity of spices and dried fruits, apricots, bananas, prunes. We get closer to the campfire, we smell soot and coal. With the addition of water, the smoke awakens. In the background, iodine. Salted butter caramel. Very full mouth, warm at first, with red fruits, currants, raspberry, then the spices arrive, they are very strong, pepper, cumin. Final on the same momentum, quite aggressive but also very long, woody, charcoal, sparkling, cola, ginger.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/01/highland-park-cask-strength-release-n2.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  26. Jackson05 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I understand value is subjective, but around me this is ~$130 CAD. Simply too many better options for the price.

    If it is indeed true that this is 13+ years old… why, WHY would they not put an age statement on that? To me this makes ZERO sense and I simply must assume it’s not the truth. They have everything to gain and nothing to lose by putting an age statement on there.
    • Nose
      82 82
      A really nice peat running through this dram. A gravelly and ashy peat. Some orange oil, chili chocolate, new plastic, vanilla, and a stuck match fell into the pot.. To me the peat is the star. It saves an otherwise youthful, boring, and somewhat flawed experience.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Gravelly and ashy peat. Vanilla. Chilies. Earthy sherry, a couple of dirty casks in there, me thinks.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Those matches have infiltrated the finish and are distracting. Nice peat as before. Still on orange, chilis and vanillas. It doesn’t inspire me.

  27. HoneyBadgerZ scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    cask strength for this little definitely going to my collection, another one to be cracked open with a few drops of water to open up a little all the goodness. Cheers

  28. HoneyBadgerZ scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    cask strength for this money from highland park is a real deal almost steal

  29. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A "cheated" dram that benefit from the high strength. Really needs water to open up
    • Nose
      85 85
      Rather bland at the beginning but became better with time and water. Cocount candy, brown sugar syrup, choloride-processed tap water, rubber, caramelised popcorn (must came from the poorly seasoned sherry casks), vinegary. With water: a splash of honey! Lemon, soysauce, sour dough, little bit of wax, and a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      89 89
      That's where the money is. Intensively sweet but followed by mild saltiness and tanginess, bold, sharp, oily and a light umami blast on the palate. All were balanced with pleasant bitterness.
      Heather pollen, sweetened lemon, dark chocolate, sour dough (I happen to found it when I clean my palate with water)
      Just don't add (too much) water, it needs such a high strength to deliver its beauty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Round, oily, tongue coating. Sweet malty flavour, a hint of smoke/burnt wood but that was really light, resurge of seasalt,

  30. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    63.9%, wow...
    I was lucky enough to get two bottles of the 50ml version and enjoy it this evening as we bid farewell to 2021.
    Because of the alcohol concentration, it is indeed a little irritating when it first enters the mouth, but it passes quickly, and the very concentrated taste remains in the mouth, but I guess the age is only about 10~12 years?
    In terms of taste, it is similar to Highland Park12yo, and then the smoke is reduced and more fruity sherry is added.
    However, because it is cask strength! The impact was so violent, like being hit by a train full of sweet sherry, it was a magical experience!
    Although its price is slightly more expensive than 18yo, it can have a completely different experience, but I think 18 will be more suitable for me.
    If you want to try the super rich version of Highland park 12yo, I recommend trying it!
    The sum of the taste is 90 points, and 1 point is deducted considering the price, for a total of 89 points.

  31. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I think Batch 2 is much better and more pleasant than Batch 1
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  33. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Vanilla, caramel, hint of chilli powder, more savoury spices, red fruits, pears, apples, oak, shortbread, even oranges and tropical fruits after adding a fair amount of water. Creamy and malty. A bit of dunnage. Switches a fair bit with varying quantities of water, which is what I look for in a cask strength whisky. The alcohol is very well integrated. Wonderful stuff.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. Oggiesdrams scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    So after talking with the brand ambassador of highland park about the batches and how the future of HP CS will look I have this:

    HP CS #1 - Exactly 12 years old - Basically a cask strength version of the core bottling, so we knew it was going to be good.

    HP CS #2 - 13+ years old, focused on sherry casks, Oloroso mainly. Older and much deeper richer flavours than #1, less smoke and more of a winter dram - In my opinion incredible and more to offer than #1 hence grabbing 2x before it all gets snapped up!

    HP CS #3 - 'The future CS', told this will be younger than previous expressions and focused on smoke....all I could get i'm afraid

  36. Nazin scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: liquorice straight ahead, some green apples, honey, almonds, alcohol well integrated.
    Taste: some red fruits, sherry influence, oaky, peppery, some pears.
    Finish: quite long, fruity, tangy, plenty of alcohol.

    After adding some water there is more red fruits on both nose and palate. Finish is better with less alcoholic feel.

  37. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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