- Single Malt
- Highland Queen Scotch Whisky Company (HQSW)
- Bottling serie
- Majesty - Highland Single Malt
- Stated Age
- 16 years old
- Oak Casks
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 10 Feb 2013 6:47 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Highland Queen 16-year-old HQSW
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.97 points
one needs a bit of time. It took about 3 glasses over as many days for the
whisky to open up. It was originally bitter green fruits, oak, and floral with
sherry notes hiding in the background. Latterly, the sherry influence and malt
notes have moved more to the foreground. It's much more pleasantly rounded now,
with dark chocolate replacing the harsher floral and tannin notes. I'd say this was probably not matured in the freshest of sherry casks. It's acting like 16 going on 12, with the spirit still predominant. To its credit, the age has added a lot to the finish, which is long and lingering.
Malt, long citrus note (orange and lemon oil), dark
chocolate covered pineapple, tart strawberries, dry sherry tannins and oak, hints of bitter honey and mixed nuts, dark cherries
and yogurt, saline and salty hard cheese (pecorino or manchego), ash and beeswax.
Tart dark fruits and malt, a flash of clove and nutmeg, extended dark chocolate, a touch of hay and char, a touch of spiced dried fruits
Touch of bitter chocolate and ginger, bitter floral, oak,
and butter fades to a whisper of rice pudding
- Surprisingly good quality for the price of this whisky. The best to drink on sunny days!
Apples, pear, vanilla, honey, lemon, white grapes, sugared sweets, peach, grapefruit and nuts
Vanilla, barley, apple, toffee, lemon, oak, peach, pear, grapes, grapefruit and nuts
Finish, grain, dry, slightly sweet and citrus fruits
- Little smoke, bit of peat. Super whisky, in which the fruit flavors are easily recognizable. A 16-year-old who reveals many of his tastes. (sweet, fruit, sometimes a little nut) The price in relation to the taste: a must!
The Highland Queen Scotch Whisky Company was founded
in 1893 by Roderick Mcdonald. He even owned the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain
to provide for his blends’ malt. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, crowned in 1567,
is featured on the label of this rather unknown brand. Today, they have three
blends (3yo, 8yo and 12yo) and 6 single malts (would that be Glenmorangie,
then? I doubt it). I will try the Highland Malt 16 Year Old.
Surprise! This is quite good. But seems more like
Tullibardine than Glenmorangie, if you ask me. But I am absolutely not sure, of
course. I am, however, pleasantly surprised!
The nose is very robust with quite a bit of sweet
fruit and loads of sherry influence. Spices, grapefruit, nuts and dried
pineapple. A bit of grasses. Apricots. Milk chocolate. Maple syrup. Very
pleasant, in fact.
The attack if powerful and spicy with sweet fruits. It
contains a nice whiff of smoke, really. Somewhat unexpected, I must admit.
Toffee and sugared breakfast cereals. Syrup, again.
Fairly long and sweet finish, in which a bit of peat
rears its head again.