Highland Park 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Heart
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Seasoned Oak Casks
44.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0245D L21/13/08
Added on
24 Sep 2021 1:52 pm by Tauti

Average value

£ 85.89

23 × in wishlist

63 × member ratings

282 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 15-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.22 points

  1. Official tasting note

    This is a wonderfully rich and complex single malt. Opening with rich and spicy aromas of crème brulee, heather honey and crumbled cinnamon, intensely fruity notes follow - fresh pineapple dressed with a scattering of sun-kissed lemon zest. There’s a hint of freshly-baked sponge cake too, warm from the oven, and you’ll find cinnamon again, but toasted shards this time. Citrus and vanilla notes linger in the aromatic waves of peat smoke.

  2. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    No missing notes recognizable - Compared to the 12, more fruit, rounder and fewer herbs - Time in the glass is very good for him - For me personally, however, too expensive (99 euros - 2021) and bottled with too little%.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Creamy, sweet and tasty; shows much of the Highland Park character. Delicious, but not at the price of just under 100 euros! 40-50 euros would be appropriate.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. pr0mille scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    After many disappointing releases, for me personally, I was really positively surprised by this one.
    It has the typical Highland Park kind of peat, lavender and some dark and lighter fruit.
    For me, sufficient depth, getting to a proper age and probably comes from some decent wood.
    Will test/taste again, but my first dram comes close to the 18, which I find best HP value for money.

  5. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Subtle sweetness, vanilla, some putty dough, honey, orange
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft, mild, a little orange, a little honey, later more sherry, a little smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      Mild, honey, oak, some smoke, slight bitterness, long

  6. Nazin scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Far superior when compared to 12, apart from fruits, there is some nice minerality on the nose. Taste is more dry and fruity. Finish is kinda disappointing with mostly oak and a little saltiness.

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-20-2021. With more ABV it would be great!

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Myke scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Give time to breathe;
    It looks quite ripe on the nose, but I would not have given it blindly for 15 years - especially since it should be a sherry maturation (?), Then I miss the typical sherry aromas in the nose ...
    Generally quite fruity on the nose.
    In the taste then actually more sherry aromas. Good but not earth-shattering. The almost non-existent finish with a few bitter moments and tannins and it's gone ...
    Sorry Highland Park - your malt is good, but not worth around 90 euros. At 50-60 euros I would go along and understand, but 90 euros is too expensive for this malt.
    Deduction in the B-Note because of the price: [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe ...] -> but not for this price! If it is on offer somewhere at some point, I might think about it again; but at the moment the sample is enough for me.
    For a few euros more you can currently (10/2021) get the 18, and there is more sherry influence there.
    • Nose
      85 85
      initially fruity with ripe apricots, plums, floury apples, juicy pears. Everything is quite fruity, but without bringing any sweetness.
      The sweetness is more of the kind Demerara sugar mixed with vanilla as well as blossom and acacia honey; caramelized pineapples also have a certain sweetness.
      Spice comes out of the back and emerges with light notes of heather, which tend to stay in the background and take a while to be discovered.
      In general, a few more herbs like basil and thyme appear.
      A splash of lemon and lemon zest add sour and tart notes.
      He looks "older" or "dull" in the nose if he could draw air; but the sherry influence is lost a little - at least in the nose - even if there is something that looks like sherry.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A gentle start, seasoning and spices are added quite quickly.
      More sweetness than in the nose, the fruits are back, but you actually have more influence from a sherry in the form of the spices and spices that I expect from a sherry.
      Cinnamon and nutmeg are also provided.
      Second sip: even more sweetness, fruit; you can tell that he has a few years under his belt. But it's not that earth-shattering either.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Um, well, it's a little short for a 15-year-old ... Tannins from the oak, a few spices from the sherry and that's it.


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