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Highland Park Svein

Overall rating
80.14/100
votes
274
Whiskybase ID
41071
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

€ 50.98

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274 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Svein

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.14 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. Dutchdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
      I immediately smell oranges. Shortly after sweet notes of crème brûlée and vanilla. At the end a wonderful combination of oak with a light tone of Orkney heather peat.
    • Taste
      82 82
      As soon as the whisky touches my tongue, I immediately taste smoke. Vanilla and a pinch of white pepper. Here too at the end, after swallowing, hints of Orkney heather peat and oak.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long and dry. Lots of oak tannins and vanilla cake.

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Seriously, I rather despise this for being one of the endless HP nas bottles that for its actual taste which is alright. Rough around the edges, but the 40% abv. don't come across too watery, also no real off notes and some peaty-/earthiness, too. Nothing you'd need on a bar but wouldn't pass one if offered.

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, unfortunately too watery and thin in the mouth.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. crcornell scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    Nothing outstanding, rather wood dominant. Fine if you don't wish to think too hard about your dram. The nose is quite enjoyable.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Spice driven with cinnamon and ginger. Varnish, leather and chocolate dust. A hint of salt and some sherry influence?
    • Taste
      69 69
      Malty, fruit appears with stewed apple, dried apricot and orange peel. Some salted caramel. Wood forward with oak, vanilla and pepper.
    • Finish
      64 64
      Mellow yet rather tannic with the oak sticking around. More milk chocolate with anise, fennel and caraway poking through. Cherries with a metallic glint and a slither of smoke.

  9. Kilo1 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Very simple sample.
    Young and boring for single malt whisky.

  10. Alexandr_Zhurov scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    Fruit and sweetly woody, young whisky, excellent color and not dyed, aged in American barrels and sherry.
    • Nose
      Light, fresh, sweet apple jam, apricots, berry, herbs such as mint, orange, peat, salt, a little pine needles, there are varnish and cognac aromas.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, woody, coniferous, bitter herbs, orange peel.
    • Finish
      Simple, bitter, grassy.

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