Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 36,50

2 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

107 × in collection

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

  1. jankes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. Wolv scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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. 
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      Touch of bitter chocolate and ginger, bitter floral, oak,
      and butter fades to a whisper of rice pudding

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly good quality for the price of this whisky. The best to drink on sunny days!
    • Nose
      Apples, pear, vanilla, honey, lemon, white grapes, sugared sweets, peach, grapefruit and nuts
    • Taste
      Vanilla, barley, apple, toffee, lemon, oak, peach, pear, grapes, grapefruit and nuts
    • Finish
      Finish, grain, dry, slightly sweet and citrus fruits

  6. old mill scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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!

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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!
    • Nose

      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.
    • Taste

      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.
    • Finish

      Fairly long and sweet finish, in which a bit of peat
      rears its head again.


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