Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
48.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
19 Aug 2007 6:36 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1205.79

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 30-year-old

77 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.71 points

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Überwältigendend. So complex, so intense, so good. 94 points.
    • Nose
      Enormously intense and full of pressure on the nose. First the oak is there. Aromatic, sherry-soaked and herbal. Eucalyptus crystallizes out. It does not take long before overripe fruit comes. Apple, orange, fig, apricots. Significantly fermented. Sweet caramel is mixed with this fruit compote. Brittle and trail mix. In the background are sherrylastige wine flavors. After some time, the herbs come through stronger again, this time with honey and cherry. And now - after twenty minutes - comes a delicate, barely noticeable trail of smoke. With spice it is more smoked cheese than real smoke. Dry pipe tobacco. Modriges leather. Then still peach. Unbelievably interesting. Enchantingly aromatic.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, but immediately accompanied by tingling, oak. Tobacco, orange concentrate, resin, fermented fruit, woody honey, a rollercoaster ride. After swallowing, a nice bitterness slowly sets in, leaving enough room for the intense fruits and the sweet spice composition. The Nachschmecken is dominated by tobacco and baked apple. With further swallowing it becomes kräutriger.
    • Finish
      Very long. Tobacco, fruits, dark chocolate. It gets drier after minutes.

  2. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very surprising HP for us.

    Sometimes this 30yo gets really impetuous! It seems to have a really strong character ...

    After the tasting I don't have the feeling that I got to know the whisky by now.

    Really looking forward to further tastings!

    Complex and demanding.

    Very good.

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      Sweet tartness with jams and citrus emerge from the bottle.

      In the glass more jams at the beginning (currant, wild berries) but accompanied with strong and spicy Sherry casks.

      Dired heather and lots of blood oranges (meat and juice). Suddenly a peat wave wanders through the whisky and disappears again. These changes go on for at least 15 minutes - the peat comes really intense, tart and spicy, sometimes with some pear puree. The peat and the jams have some collisions as if they were fighting for the upper hand. Still quite 'nervous' and surprising until now.

      After some minutes there are more candied orange peels and hints of tart jams. Clear gooseberries now - with or without peat.

      Clear oak and salted and peppered cherries. Even some sea air with some 'peatwood'.

      Finally some settling is happening and sweet/spicy (pepper) raisins appear and very tart honey mixed into some alcohol (maybe (sparkling) wine or even something stronger).

      The peat doesn't 'cut' other aromas now and the quite wonderful spice mixtures can be now experienced coated by lemon juice and some oranges. Some upholstery and more and more dark chocolate from minute to minute. More interwoven now.

      Some barley from time to time, tart hazelnut cream, honey poured over cherries, spicy wood, hints of rum and honey cake.

      Not elegant, more rough and tart (maybe even rude at the beginning) and the HP character shows itself more on the spicy side.

      Later even some burnt caramel and hints of latte macchiato.

      Many spices such as mustard seeds and hints of cumin, etc.

      Unusual nose.
    • Taste
      Orange peels, pepper, wood, cherry juice and sweet cherry jam at the beginning.

      Then there come the old Sherry casks with something really 'old' such as scouring powder with an old cloth and some moving resin.

      Very dark chocolate, spiciness and tart leather.

      A lot of citrus and a lot of fire - really intense!

      Later some gooseberries again and tart fruit sweetnes.

      Peat and then spicy honey - getting sweet in a slow pace.

      Espresso powder, plum puree in a chocolate coat.

      Bread with dark jam.

      Charcoal and some bark, dark cognac and brandy beans.

      Finally there is the 'clear' HP character not only from the spiciness but overall!

      Nice oiliness.

      Dark and voluminous.
    • Finish
      Sherry casks with peat and a lot of spiciness.

      Tartness with orange peels and spice mixtures. Cherries, hints of woody vanilla.

      Cognac, brandy beans and a tart sweetness, later with pickled fruits.

      The feeling of honey.

      Then comes a wonderful coffee-chocolate with some tart leather and later joined by some peat. Some sourness from the wild berries, the wood has also some 'soft' components in all its spiciness (oaky).

      Getting dry late. Long and warm - slow finish (now more elegance but also a bit furry from the intensity of the huge palate).

      Chocolate bakery and later really dark chocolate with the mouthfeel of it - wonderful.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This truly is a grand Highland Park, but unfortunately the price has become unreachable (to me, at least). I cannot afford 750 to 900 EUR for this bottle (it is not an Auchentoshan after all!). 
    • Nose
      Yes! That nose! Strike that. That Nose! Creamy and sweet on all kinds of dark and candied fruit – peach, apricots, sultana – with a good dollop of heather honey and a truckload of toffee. Add some brown sugar and beeswax, liquorice and milk chocolate. The whole if finished with some leather. This is simply magnificent and easily entertains you for a full 15 minutes. Delicious.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is quasi creamy and immediately pleasantly sweet, but with a trace of salt and a touch of smoke. Mildly drying as well. Quite spicy. The fruit from the nose reappears, but is somewhat overpowered by the spices, unfortunately. Nevertheless, it remains a grand malt, do not worry!
    • Finish
      You can easily call this a long finish, with sweet peat and dark fruit at the death.

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it at a Highland Park VIP tasting at Whisky-Live in Spa (Belgium), February 4th 2018. I now tasted most of the standard range of this distillery and in the high range this 30-year-old is my favourite one. It beats the much more expensive 40-year-old in my opinion. The 25-year-old (first fill European oak) and especially the 40-year-old (refill European oak) are much more oak driven with peppery/woody notes, especially in the finish. The 30-year-old (refill American oak) is all about smoothness, call it EVERLASTING smoothness! A true delight and I’m happy to have one bottle at home.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Raisins, fruit cake, some orange zest. With more air come more fruits, both red and green. (89-90p)
    TASTE: Green apples, gooseberry jam, summer honey sweetness (90-91p)
    EXIT: Sweet fruit juice, lemon juice, sweet tannins, a touch of smoke. Long. (90-91p)
    SCORE: Very juicy, balanced and elegant. 90 points.

  6. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Deep perfume with nuances of dried flowers, honey, varnish, persimmon and burnt wood.

    RATING: 92pts - [n24,t22,f23,b23] → |90-92: Excellent|

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    He is just mine again, on the one hand a little sweeter instead of bitter, but also a nice antidote in acid and teenage and a little dryness, dream part, I would drink every day if I could.
    • Nose
      Good Corner sweeter directly than the 2013er, has proper orange-ginger jam, blackberry jam, dark toffee, dark honey, cherry sweets, dried fruit, trail mix, cinnamon, rosemary, lavender, touch of noble herbal soap, white tea, roiboos, eucalyptus, light raisins, juicy pear , Plums, incense, honeydew melon
    • Taste
      Strong onset, dark honey flows, rose water, orange peel, white tea, light raisins, candied pear slices, plums, ginger, cardamom, baked apple, cinnamon, marzipan, leather, does not seem as overdried as 2013, fennel, grapefruit, slightly sweet, dark malt , Candle wax, waffles with apricot jelly
    • Finish
      Sweet, melon, green and red apple, now lighter malt, even light citric acid, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, tea, very long

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I recently did a head to head HP 18, 21, 25 & 30 year but 25 &30 had both the 45.7% and 48.1% versions so 6 drams in all, the 30 year 48.1% won that H2H.

    Now I try the 30 year against the 40 year 48.3% and for me on taste alone the 40 year is way out in front, it is more complex, thicker on the palate with basically a perfectly weighted profile in my view.  I am not sure of the casks used but if similar the extra 10 years is telling. I have to say the 30 year is more vibrant, more fireworks on the palate its just the overall package of the 40 that wins by some distance.

    Now if you bring price into it, the gap narrows considerably.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is the result of an HP tasting yesterday:-  

    1st -highland-park-30-year-old 48.1% 

    2nd - highland-park-30-year-old 45.7%  

    3rd highland-park-25-year-old 48.1%  

    4th - highland-park-25-year-old 45.7%  

    5th - highland-park-18-year-old 43%  

    6th - highland-park-21-year-old 47.5%  

    The 30 year 48.1% is the best but there is little between the 25 year and 30 year offerings.   The 18 year is good and better value than the 21 year.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I have already reviewed this from my last bottle but this is another bottle.

    I think the 48.1% original 2006 bottle is better than the 45,7% later version
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94


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