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Highland Park Thor

Overall rating
87.55/100
votes
391
Whiskybase ID
29909
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Valhalla Collection
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
16 years old
Number of bottles
23000
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010314094607
Added on
25 Jan 2012 12:25 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 853.23

130 × in wishlist

391 × member ratings

1650 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Thor

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.55 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] When this Valhalla series was released by Highland Park I refused to buy any bottle because I thought these were completely over-priced for just 15-16 years old stuff and I guessed the quality would not match such a high price (of around 150 Eurobucks)...

    ...and my guess was justified, This is an average-quality Highland Park (by the standards of 2012) with some sherry notes that should justify the price premium from a marketing perspective - but it does not from my perspective as a drinker! To be honest: I liked the standard 18-years old HP (bottled around 2012) better and you got two bottles of that for less money than one Thor demanded...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose is that of an average mid-aged Highland Park with some sherry casks added to the batch. It is fine and delicate and both without highlights and flaws. What else to say? There is not a single whiff of sulphur in this dram - back in 2012 no first tier distillery dared to release sulphur-spoiled casks in special editions (but this changed completely since then, greed kills modesty - finally)...
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste starts unimpressive compared to the standard 18-years old HP of that time but it adds some shy sherry flavours (chocolate) and a touch of liquorice after some chewing. Later some spices join in but I miss the lush fruits and honeys HP is famous for, usually. Nevertheless, a delicate taste and very quaffable - but again: Does this justify such an extraordinary high price for a mere 16-years old? Everyone should decide by him-/herself - I did...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming but with almost no coating effect on the palate which provides a rather thin mouthfeel. The finish is of medium length and shows even more of the liquorice with some subtle chocolatey notes. No distracting bitter or astringent moments both during the mouthfeel and finish. Some water releases more earthy aromas in the nose and turns the mouthfeel and finish a little more creamy - I like this dram best a little reduced to about 46% abv.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is ok, some decent sherry notes mixing with peat and dark fruits and hints of honeycomb.
    The palate being completely honest is a little boring but it has a good mouthfeel and does improve over time.
    Medium finish with a little spice coming through.
    For the price it is a bad buy IMHO, there are better whiskies around much cheaper than this, even other HP.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Could have bought a bottle at the distillery (Aug-2017) at £350, while average WB price is €800.

    It's not a £350 whisky, and I'm not a punter.
    • Nose
      Recognisable HP nose, maybe a little bit more herbal and earthy mixed in with the more expected light citrusy honey sweetness.

      Light caramel and smoke.
    • Taste
      Got quite a kick on first impact, but calms down quick. Spicy, sweet caramel with a light salty sprinkle. Rather thick mouthfeel and a little dry.
    • Finish
      Medium+ in lenght, slightly bitter orange note and some drying spice.

  4. Yarema did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Unexpected and very confusing. Expected a lot more. Very closed nose and otherwise very conflicting tastes ...
    Nose - 21
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 86

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 22 86

    Powerful, cute, but little expression, sorry ...

  6. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22.5, taste 22, finish 21, balance 21.5

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great packaging !!!
    Whisky is very fitting in the Highland series, but the complexity is somewhat disappointing. The drink is a bit "hard in the mouth", expected more ......... Take the time for Thor's experience and deeper layers are discovered !!!

  9. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    What a great whisky. A shame, what happens to the bottles in pure intuition collections. This malt is so worth drinking.
    • Nose
      dark forest berries, cream toffee, heather, hay, cigar tobacco, sweet chestnut, dark, earthy and mineral, honey and some beeswax, orange marmalade and cinnamon
    • Taste
      strong onset, immediately oily, linseed oil, licorice, salmiac, gingerbread, caramel, pepper, fennel seed, browned butter, spicy nuts (walnut)
    • Finish
      very long, strong licorice, clearer smoke, Assam tea

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