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Highland Park Svein

Overall rating
80.35/100
votes
219
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Warrior Series
Bottled
2013
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5010314300418
Added on
28 Mar 2013 6:50 pm

Average value

€ 43,30

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Svein

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.35 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] Just a short review of a sample (I would never buy a full bottle of such modern NAS stuff without trying it before)...

    ...and it was a good decision, again! This is a boring and unimpressive modern malt that lacks almost everything a Scotch single malt release should offer. Not worth any money (go for blends instead, they offer more value for the buck). Such releases are the undertaker's of the current malt whisky boom...
    • Nose
      78 78
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose shows a modern "designed" whisky profile with mainly immature mashy aromas that are somewhat camouflaged by excessive wooden notes. Boring and unimpressive - why should I sniff at such stuff?
    • Taste
      79 79
      The taste is sugary sweet (rather industrial sugar, not the fine barley sugars I adore) and ... of course, woody. Cheap stuff, distilled and matured in a hurry to maximise output (and profit to the owners, an investment group) and marketed for the quick buck. I guess, warrior Svein would not be amused to read his name on this release...
    • Finish
      75 75
      The whisky arrives with almost no mouthfeel on the palate (neither warming nor coating) but with drying-astringent moments from heavy woods. The finish is short as a lightning and leaves no lasting impression beside the drying-astringent tannins again. Water just flattens the dram (further). To be honest, I flushed the rest of this sample down the drain...

  2. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A decent OB. I'm not a fan of newer HP OB's at all, but this is quite OK. Better than the new 18-yo IMHO and on-par with the 2001 1L Travel Retail, but less sulphury and with less smoky notes.
    • Nose
      A mix of yellow and red fruit, ginger dipped in vanilla desert (Dutch vla), a sulphury oaky wood note, I'm missing the whim of smoke present in a lot of HP OB's
    • Taste
      Weak at first,then honey sweetness, vanilla and caramel, some oak on the sides of the tongue, then some coffee and dark chocolate notes on the back of the tongue. Ginger notes everywhere.
    • Finish
      Medium long/Short. Keeping the coffee and dark chocolate notes, a warm (alcohol) feeling flows through the mouth front to back. Nothing else really.

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    An average malt; the first from the Warrior series;
    Liter bottle; without can;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      68 68
      slightly fruity, sweet, slightly malted, woody, without smoke;
    • Taste
      67 67
      slight onset, some fruit, malt, wood, minimal smoke; distinct youth (metallic, immature);
    • Finish
      66 66
      short to medium long, some smoke, slight tart spiciness;

  5. Falnor scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      66 66
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      69 69

  6. HGILES scored this whisky 68 points Member Junior

    I do not find harmony in this whisky, no particular pleasure to the tasting alone or a whisky "of thirst". Maybe to highlight with a whisky-dish association?
    • Nose
      60 60
      Little marked, notes of fresh butter maybe ... I'm waiting for a greasy whisky, round in the mouth.
    • Taste
      73 73
      On the palate perfumes arrive gradually, very slowly (flat at the very beginning). Whisky that appears fresh (I can not find the nose), green wood maybe, gray pepper - my lips a little anesthetized! - very light peaty notes.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Do not bring me new flavors. Persistence of gray pepper.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 55 points Connoisseur

    Awful stuff, the worst Highland Park I have ever tasted.

     What are they thinking of bottling something so bad?

     I only buy more expensive stuff from a distillery if the core range is ok, luckily I know HP are capable of great whisky this must have been sanctioned late on a Friday afternoon when people just wanted to get off for the weekend?The nose I ok then it is downhill fast.
    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      55 55
    • Finish
      47 47

  8. ApricotOne scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. Immerenga scored this whisky 64 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      56 56

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

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