Highland Park Svein

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Warrior Series
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
28 Mar 2013 6:50 pm

Average value

€ 49.50

36 × in wishlist

256 × member ratings

857 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Svein

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.24 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. Kilo1 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  5. 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.

  6. Gris scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    If we find in this Highland Park Svein the usual markers of Highland Park, they will let especially be detected by the regulars of the label, because they are present but quite light. I would say that in this collection, we must push a little (much) further to find happiness, for example with the Ragnvald ... but it is not far from 10 times more expensive ...
    • Nose
      The notes of oranges and vanilla are first felt, followed by apricots, a hint of caramel and a very light smoke.
    • Taste
      If we stay in citrus, in general, it is more about lemons. The whisky stings a little bit of tongue as well as laterally. We find vanilla and this very slight smoke. The nose was already not very rich but the mouth is even less.
    • Finish
      Medium length, slightly winey in the long run, with a hint of vanilla.

  7. levanchedia scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Not bad at all. it's not as good as 12yo but is really tasty.
    you can feel sherry on the nose and nice smoke in mouth.

  8. schengel10 scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    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;

  9. Falnor scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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