- 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
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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
- 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.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
Subtle sweetness, vanilla, some putty dough, honey, orange
Soft, mild, a little orange, a little honey, later more sherry, a little smoke
Mild, honey, oak, some smoke, slight bitterness, long
- 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.
- Tasted on 11-20-2021. With more ABV it would be great!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.