Highland Park 30-year-old

Overall rating
91.40/100
votes
272
Whiskybase ID
WB43729
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill & First Fill Sherry Casks
Strength
45.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314300258
Added on
08 aug 2013 1:34 pm

Average value

€ 1394.16

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468 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Highland Park 30-year-old

41 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.40 points.

  1. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great Highland Park.
    Very complex nose, great palate.
    The finish is also really tasty at the beginning, but gets a bit bitter towards the end
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    beautiful matured old lady, the body could be stronger
    • Nose
      91 91
      Orange oil and tangerine, ripe papaya, marzipan, sweet curry, chamomile blossom
    • Taste
      90 90
      Orange, leather, spicy wood cloud with a bitter tinge reminiscent of grapefruit
    • Finish
      90 90
      long - dry wood pushes after the citrus

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I prefer the older 2007 and 2006 batches. But this is still equally awesome and holds its weight.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Old and dignified with a wonderful idiosyncratic character! I've already had one or the other Highland Park in my glass, but this 30-year-old HP tells a wonderful story and I like to listen ... A great and multi-layered malt, I'm thrilled!
    • Nose
      Radiant amber shimmers in the glass, long and thick "legs" adhere to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Roasted aromas come into their own, hints of citrus fruits play with dried meadow herbs while green apples are combined with sweet apricots. Mandarins fall into honey, sugar candy and creamy caramel follow, fresh mint plays with a bouquet of intense meadow herbs, ground hazelnuts and grated milk chocolate caress the nose, in the background lies old dry oak. Sweet sugar, dry wood, fresh and intense herbs, old mint, subtle notes of juicy citrus fruits, a touch of damp earth and wet leather, dried orange peel ... The longer I devote myself to my nose, the more multifaceted and beguiling the dreamy aroma becomes!
    • Taste
      After the saliva has been massively stimulated by the dreamy nose, only the first sip follows. Muted fruit aromas, old and creamy wood tones, hazelnuts and old citrus fruits, dried mint and old caramel, brine and the wonderfully subtle spiciness of crushed black pepper dissolve from dark and tart wooden elements. Crumbs of dark chocolate, a few drops of cold espresso, dried herbs and abrasions from old grapefruit peel, again pepper and salt, a touch of fresh ginger, thyme and hints of wet leather, plus wet earth and a hint of heavily roasted hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      A dark mix of wood, fruit and herbs sticks to the palate to be cozy and warm, but an incredibly intense combination of leather, wet tobacco leaves, unripe walnuts and wet cedarwood dominates. The wonderful aftertaste lingers for what feels like an eternity and gives the impression that it never fades ...

  6. Nova did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    @Gris: The same goes with way to much points. This is the really bad thing about whiskybase, but we will not be able to avoid it.

  7. Mapl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, that's Highland Park fun
    • Nose
      a nice fruity start, slightly sweet sherry with dark fruits, but also noticeable oak influence, old furniture, espresso, nice spice, minimal smoke, marzipan, waxy, nut, chocolate, a subtle citrus note lies above everything, very complex and multi-layered
    • Taste
      very oily, full-bodied, directly sherry, raisins, slightly sweet, espresso, very dense aromas, dark chocolate, some orange, oak, wood, great
    • Finish
      Creamy, slightly sour, tart, now also a little smoke, hazelnut, slightly fresh, mint, apple, after the voluminous step it becomes lighter in the back, very pleasantly fading

  9. Georges scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Aged in mostly first-fill Spanish and American oak sherry casks as well as refill casks, Highland Park 30 utilizes the distillery’s traditional 20% peated / 80% unpeated spirit.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Some heathery Orkney smoke, sweet, floral notes, sour fruits (unripe mangos, peches, pineapple), lime zeste, marzipan, cherries, plum jam, toffee, tobacco, chocolate
    • Taste
      93 93
      Sweet, sherry, oily, creamy, dark fruits, spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger), cherries, toffee, figs, chocolate, oranges
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, smoky, seasalt, sweet, spicy (nutmeg, ginger), oaky, brown sugar, citrus

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Read my review here

    https://thewhiskywash.com/reviews/whisky-review-highland-park-30-year-old/

  11. saothangbay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  12. P.K.S scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    woow! the best i ever had so amazing! tryed frut,peat,smoke. og you have the monny but it. i whas lucky enoth to try it at the distillery

  13. huseeraaja scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  14. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Wummy scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    30 years of Highland Park, this is already a house number ... and also the current price ... I compared him in the comparison with the 25-year-old, but the older bottling with 48.1% and must say, that me the 25 year old but like better. Nevertheless, a great malt that wants to be enjoyed in peace and also needs a lot of air to breathe before he reveals his great flavors.
    • Nose
      92 92
      It starts with a smell like in an old church, the barrel sends greetings, then comes the oak, dried fruit and then orange, heather honey, dark chocolate, juicy oranges, toffee, followed by spices: cinnamon and cloves, then again dried fruit: plums and dates , now comes milk chocolate. The second smelling toffee and lemon, overall very delicious
    • Taste
      92 92
      The oak pushes the pepper in the foreground, then vanilla and honey, oak, citrus fruits: lemon, lime and juice oranges (very tasty and complex), later heather
    • Finish
      89 89
      Espresso, tobacco, leather chair, in the mouth it is dry, oak, old barrel becomes dominant and the oak and tannin remain very very long (not quite my case, who likes long oak in the mouth ... who will love it)

  18. AgentMunky scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Objectively, probably the best whisky I've ever tasted.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      100 100

  19. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Have enjoyed the following whiskys during a small drink with family and friends:

    - Highland Park 1988 SV
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/118506/highland-park-1988-sv

    High Park 30
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/43729/highland-park-30-year-old

    Highland Park 1991 SV
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/118517/highland-park-1991-sv

    Here stands the HP 1991 clearly out.

    Had I tried it individually it would have been 94 points, but in direct comparison with the HP 1991, he has fallen off a bit.
    Nevertheless a toppaint!

  20. Gris did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Those guys giving notes under 85, or even 80/100 without saying a word about this whisky... what's wrong with you? Did you juste taste it? Or are you juste giving bad notes with the stupid hope that if you're doing this the price will decrease? Taste it, like it or not and explain yourself... If the price is too high (and i could understand it) and if that's the only reason for giving bad notes... Just go away and drink something else! We don't need notes from people who did'nt taste a whisky and give bad notes for stupid reasons...

  21. mema82 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. Pollenflug scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Already at the first breath above the rim of the glass, Highland Park, which has been maturing for over three decades, shows its overwhelming diversity of facets. Immediately it becomes apparent that one can dissect the malt for a very long time and will win new aromas associations little by little. Rarely has a malt evoked so much enthusiasm and fascination with me so quickly. Juicy oranges, overripe, red apples, walnuts, burnt almond slivers, marzipan, gentle sherry notes, a little heather and dark honey determine my first impressions. Various herbs, plums, nutmeg, dark chocolate, wonderful tobacco notes with a very light smoke and elegant woody notes that remind a little of cedar, complete the nose to a timeless masterpiece. So dense, so intense, so interwoven, so multifaceted - so incredibly good!
    • Taste
      The masterful nose is tasted even better. Silky soft, creamy and incredibly elegant, the gustatory journey begins. Time stops feeling, enjoyment reaches almost new dimensions. The intensity and interweaving remains at a very high level. The alcohol content of 45.7% is perfect. A few peppercorns prance on the tip of the tongue for a very short time before the dark, spicy-sweet aromas fully unfold. Juicy oranges, heather, light floral notes, dark chocolate and many fruits such as cherries, blueberries, dark honey, dates and figs are present. Brown cane sugar, a touch of tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit), oriental spices and many different herbs are mixed with the finest tobacco notes, walnuts, almonds, leather, a hint of smoke and elegant oak notes. For the final touch fine roasted aromas with a dash of espresso. Gorgeous!
    • Finish
      Very long, slightly sweet, very spicy and pleasantly warm. Incredibly multi-faceted spice and wood notes carry the very long finish. Gentle espresso notes flash with delicate sherry notes, red fruits, juicy oranges and walnuts. Fine tobacco notes, heather, black tea, leather, dark chocolate and light smoke (now a little reminiscent of cigar smoke) provide the icing on the cake. On the palate remains a slight dryness and minimal bitterness. Great!

  23. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a decent, nice whisky. The relationship to 40 years and Thorfinn can be seen. However, he does not achieve both in terms of complexity. And especially not with regard to their sensory Wow! Effect. He is in my view, but at least better than the Ragnvald.
    • Nose
      First vanilla, orange, followed by licorice. Later, spices and oak show up. Even later, smoked fish and herbaceous notes.
    • Taste
      starting sweet, then bitter oak. The liquorice appears. Then also bright fruits. The alcohol is sufficiently strong and very well integrated.
    • Finish
      The finish is appropriately long and a bit bitter.

  24. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Already has some, rather dark-sherry-like notes, more than the old HP 30s, it is less mine, bitternoten, especially towards the end, not at all. In itself, of course, a hammer whisky.
    • Nose
      Full, aromatic nose, paradise, orange oil freshly pressed, blood orange, autumn leaves, candied grapefruit, slightly smoked ham, chocolate sauce, oregano, rosemary, thyme, old leather, slightly sweetish, dark tobacco, dark honey, walnuts, marzipan, raisins, some eucalyptus , Black bread and black cherries
    • Taste
      Much of the nose is found again, candied orange and lightly burnt, dark malt, port, blueberries, tobacco, dark malt, dry leather, slightly bitter sting, dark chocolate, licorice, wild garlic, hazelnuts, espresso, caraway, cola nut, oregano, thyme , Blood orange, pinewood, rosemary
    • Finish
      Very dry now, walnuts, cherry pits, espresso, pumpernickel, pumpkin seeds, eucalyptus, very long and bitter, tannins

  25. asmazda scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Purchased in 2018 so it must be the latest batch.  Very nice and refined, but I think the Highland Park 25 or Balvenie Tun 1509 batch no. 1 deliver similar for much less.
    • Nose
      Heather honey, orange, cinnamon, almonds, and some waxes.  I was surprised couldn't find any Orkney peat on the nose.
    • Taste
      Same as the nose but quite spicy and some oak.  What's interesting is you get a blend of complex spices rather than just pepper.  
    • Finish
      Long, spices continue and some ocean salt. 

  26. Mudflap scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    As part of my annual opening of a collection bottle yesterday, I shared some with 10 friends.

    This is the food of the gods and still one of my all time favorites.

    There will always be some of this in my collection.

    If you see a review that has anything less than a 92, then question the palate of the reviewer or the authenticity of the sample.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      97 97

  27. Mudflap scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    This one of my all time favorites. Honestly, if you see a review and it scores less than 92, question the palate of the reviewer. There are different versions of this bottle. If they look like this bottle, it is a 92 or better. For my palate I have never had one less than a 95. Note: There's some older releases that look similar without a holographic seal apparently. Most that you find nowadays should have the seal though.
    • Nose
      Let it breathe a little. 10 minutes out of the bottle it wants to open up to beautiful caramel and sweet oranges. A gentle warming in the hands will release the food of the gods into your nose. 
    • Taste
      The first taste should be small. It will prepare your palate for the heavenly journey of the rest of the dram. taste and chew it for at least 30 seconds. Every taste will add layers of orange, caramel and just a little smoke and spice.
    • Finish
      Spices slowly take over the caramel then the oranges. Finishes with spicy oranges and a very faint smoke.

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is the result of an HP tasting yesterday:-  

    1st -highland-park-30-year-old 48.1% 

    2nd - highland-park-30-year-old 45.7%  

    3rd highland-park-25-year-old 48.1%  

    4th - highland-park-25-year-old 45.7%  

    5th - highland-park-18-year-old 43%  

    6th - highland-park-21-year-old 47.5%  

    The 30 year 48.1% is the best but there is little between the 25 year and 30 year offerings.   The 18 year is good and better value than the 21 year.

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Similar to the 25 year but with a little extra of everything.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  30. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A very good Highland Park
    • Nose
      Similar to the 25 year (45.7% & 48.1%)

      Reminds me of roasted carrots and parsnips in honey glaze.

      Dark forrest fruits, black current and dark jams, you get the picture.
    • Taste
      It is peaty with a fruity dark jam combo and it is lovely. The sherry mixes with the peat and dark fruits and it is very well balanced.
    • Finish
      Quite long, getting sweeter

  31. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during the Magnus Eunson Tour 05/2017.
    • Nose
      Great level of matureness with dusty and fruity notes. Creamy orange, some nutty aromas - almond paste, very nice waxiness, soft spices and woody.
    • Taste
      Full taste with floral notes, waxiness and some honey. Exotic fruits, soft citrus, nutty, some nutmeg and a whiff of smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with cappuccino, nutty notes - walnuts and oloroso.

  33. Hemdl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    For my taste a malt near perfection. Wonderfully round, balanced and complex. Both in the nose, as well as absolutely convincing taste. The finish excellently for a malt of this age. That's quite a big movie showcasing Highland Park. The only downer here probably the price, as so often.
    • Nose
      Even the nose shows, where the excellent reputation of the distillery still stirs today and what the local people are capable of. Wonderfully creamy, complex - even overwhelming - presents the nose. Gentle sherry, the heather, orange lemonade and spicy herbs typical of Highland Park. Walnuts and almonds, a few apples and a few floral notes. The whole wonderfully interwoven and incredibly dense. The alcohol in no way present, the oak holds back wonderfully and makes room for this wonderful mixture of fruits and herbs. If I had to choose a single malt, where I should smell for hours - voila, here he is. Fantastic!
    • Taste
      Soft and elegant, the malt rolls over the tongue before the taste unfolds completely. The sweet oranges from the nose are present, as are the floral notes and the heather. From the otherwise typical smoke for Highland Park after 30 years hardly anything to feel, instead now herbier, spicy notes and all sorts of herbs that slowly pass in coffee and espresso notes. Again and again, the influence of sweet sherry barrels flashes on, which makes the malt wonderfully varied. No trace of disturbing, dry influences, no bitterness. Simply a nearly perfectly balanced malt.
    • Finish
      Very long finish, carried by oak, some coffee and still lingering fruit notes. Only at the very end a bit astringent, no bitterness. But now clear hints of the known smoke, which is added. Well - he invites you to refill.

  34. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  35. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This is a combination that excites me. Insanely intense, deep flavors that all go together wonderfully, like a symphony that you discover piece by piece. A nose to melt away, but the taste is even better. In any case, by far the best HP, which I have drunk so far - and probably from now one of my favorite drops. (With emphasis on "drops", because I can not afford more of that.)
    • Nose
      A huge, complex nose - a large box of fresh juicy sweet oranges is filling the evening sun, heather, fine honey, fennel and thyme, rosemary, fragrant summer hay, still warm marzipan croissants dipped in dark chocolate sauce, a hint of mint and cotton candy lies in the Air ... and leather, fine, old leather ... I could smell it forever!
    • Taste
      Instantly a veritable explosion of juicy sweet oranges in thick dark chocolate sauce, strawberries, passion fruit and sweet aromatic blueberries emerge from the orange-chocolate sea, dark honey, ginger, white pepper, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, fennel, licorice, brown candy , freshly cracked hazelnuts, the marzipan croissant is back and washed away by a soft espresso wave ... a touch of apple vinegar comes to the surface, now the Provencal herbs and ... an oxtail soup with figs in rosemary simmer on a smoldering fire of herbs and pinewood. Next to it is the creaking leather chair and smells what it lasts. This malt is very complex and does not reveal all its flavors all at once. Very complex, very yummy, slightly smoky, warm, oily and incredibly intense. At the moment of swallowing, a wonderful spicy oriental spice fire blazes on the palate.
    • Finish
      The highland park-typical sweet herbs, licorice, a slight reminiscent of apple cider vinegar and oxtail soup - and a lot of orange, espresso and actually black tea provide a sweet-sour-minimal-bitter finish and stay long on the palate ... and also a very pleasant trace of smoke and leather. And then at the very end fresh Arab mint tea ...

  36. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A fine, perfectly balanced age whisky, good in all the components, the highest league; Unfortunately, it requires a certain approach, it does not reveal itself at once, exposing itself to the show (which is characteristic, in my opinion, for all HP products), it is necessary to sit quietly in silence, half-darkness, good music and leisurely to discover everything for yourself Its dignity, which makes it a bit difficult to get pleasure from the standard sawing 50-100ml. Molt is not to say what would be minimalistic, rather without extra details, only what is necessary and sufficient, gives rise to associations with classical interiors of the early 20th century - massive all-wood lacquered furniture, leather upholstery of sofas and armchairs, no artificial materials, soft muffled table lamp, muffled music.
    • Nose
      Dry, restrained, varnished wooden furniture, processed leather, pipe tobacco, lemon peel, soft coniferous notes, larch, juniper, valuable wood, turpentine, fresh wood dust, spicy dried herbs, in general, varied and deep.
    • Taste
      Oak, deep and rich, bitter-sweet, lacquer, soft pepper wave, caramel sweetness, spices, a little mint and eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemon zest; which make up a little, but the saturation and depth compensate for this minimalism.
    • Finish
      Delicate, soft, oak, dry herbs, lemon rind, furniture varnish, slightly astringent. After the extinction of all components, there remains, so to speak, post-flavors - unexpectedly fresh, with a sweet and sour citrus dominant.

  37. VaryingViewpoint did not rate this whisky Photo Moderator

    Not sure why no one has stated the fact that there was a new batch release earlier this year with the same packaging, label and 45.7%abv. I'm not sure about the UPC code (as I wasn't able to look and compare with my two older releases from 2013 as I didn't purchase it)? But it definitely is a new batch that was released in Alberta early summer 2016; the price went up 75% and it's at least twice has dark in colour compered to my 2013 releases. So dark that I had to look at it twice as I couldn't believe that is was as dark as a 24yo Glendronach cask strength release.

    It would be nice if both Highland Park and Macallan would give some indication on their different batches on their annual age statement releases so as to differentiate between them. Not all batch releases are that similar, as they can very quite a lot in quality between the batches.

    As far as rating this bottle, there could be some mix-up in which batches are in fact being rated and are all thrown together under one release.

  38. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Rather very good without being original. Tasted in a bottle probably well ventilated in bar (Glasgow).
    • Nose
      Light fruity on the passion fruit. Yellow fruit and lemon. The nose evolves well in the glass and the aroma alternates at times, passing fudge, salty. Rather light and delicate. Can not be the good glass malhereusement. (Glass cognac) Alcohol is well integrated. With time a little plant and Eucalyptus.
      No smoke.
    • Taste
      Soft. Saline attack. Lemon. A little fishing at times. Quite mineral and austere. Slightly peppered but well integrated alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long and mineral finish. Sweet on the yellow fruit and a touch of ginger.

  39. jankes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  40. Palindrome scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    From The Whisky Wash:

    Appearance: Burnished amber with copper highlights.

    Nose: Dried honeycomb, cedar, fresh flaxseed, dark chocolate, open meadows in springtime.

    Palate: Initial presence of oak rises into a crescendo of milk chocolate, honeysuckle, and campfire-toasted marshmallow. Waves of sweet scintillations radiate from the center of the mouth outwards, along with hints of oak. Ultimately, these glowing scintillations of flavor come to rest gently on the tip of the tongue.

    Expect a surprisingly long finish given the whisky’s delicate silky-smooth mouth feel. At the death, one is left with hints of oak, as well as marshmallow nougat.

  41. JohannesB scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    For me the best whisky of my life so far. Great complexity meets a flattering turnout, yet it has power! The subtle smokeiness with herbal notes expresses the unmistakable stamp of Highland Park. I have opened this whisky to my wedding and will enjoy a dram of it every wedding day, as much as I like it.
    • Nose
      Incredibly intense, complex and tightly woven. Wow. Even before the brain is able to clearly identify individual facets, it is already clear: This is a top-notch whisky. The most obvious is an intense orange. Not the tart shell, but juicy, rich orange juice. Toasted almonds, marzipan, milk chocolate. With time in the glass, he becomes sweeter and happier with your sherry notes, cotton candy and more and more intense almonds. Far away I mean to be able to make out a last remnant of smoke. In the embers of the peat mountain herbs, fennel and hay were thrown.
    • Taste
      If the nose was complex, then the taste is out of this world. In slow waves one complex of flavors moves through the mouth after another, while the whisky is velvety and oily on the tongue. Wonderful fresh and juicy oranges, strawberries and passion fruit, followed closely by dark chocolate, almond syrup, sweet balsamic cream and brown sugar. The smoke is more pronounced in the mouth and manifests itself in pleasant roasted aromas. Roasted orange peel, chocolate coffee beans, espresso. Of course, oak has its place in a whisky of this age. I attribute to the long storage time the heavy oiliness given to the malt. In addition an association with pepper and cedar wood.
    • Finish
      Long and very pleasant. The numerous aspects of aroma and taste are recurrent. Again, the orange juice dominates with almonds, marzipan and some nuts. The fantastic length in the finish is borne by delicate bitterness, now you notice the long storage properly! Strong espresso, liquorice and black tea.

  42. Gloin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The smell is so complex that it sometimes overwhelms me. That makes him a chameleon and for me it's almost a bit of the good too much. The nice thing is that behind the barrel of Brennereicharakter still exists. The taste is as straightforward as it is usually the case. I really like the harsh orange. The finish is nice and long. A sophisticated whisky that demands attention. The complexity of barrel influence, the Brennereicharakter and the delicate smoke is challenging but also rewarding, if you take enough time.
    A great whisky
    • Nose
      Where do I begin? The smell is very complex. First of all, I recognize a similarity to the 12-year-old that I drank before. I can not name what that is, but maybe that's the famous Highland Park Heath. This is clearly recognizable sherry, not dominant, but present, oranges, malt, in the background light grassy notes. Unfortunately, the alcohol stands a little bit, but that passes after a while in the glass.
    • Taste
      A soft body and a comparatively mild start. Only after a moment does the whisky tingle lightly on the tongue. Oak shows, but not solid, everything is quite dry, clear orange notes, but rather tart than sweet, maybe a hint of smoke
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke is most evident, the harsh orange is here also the dominant element still in front of the oak. This impression stays on the palate for a long time. Only at the very end does the oak show its bitter side a bit.

  43. mds51 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Ingenious malt, which caresses the palate. Very cool malt, but price mmt. but very attracted enormously.
    • Nose
      Complex!
      clear spices, hiedekraut, spicy forest honey, toffee, subtle smoke in combination with plums and cherries, blueberries.
      Light wood notes, like an old oak cabinet.
    • Taste
      The sherry is present. Plums and cherries emerge. Very well integrated smoke, which is from very subtle only to feel. Seasoning and oak comes out slowly and notes of espresso are to taste.
      Now the Christmas season is initiated, cinnamon, anise and speculoos have their appearance.
    • Finish
      Oak flavor, with a residue of fruitiness. It turns into dark chocolate. Another seemingly endless departure. I still have in the car after more than 10 minutes :)

  44. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A further price hike - now £450. Basically has doubled in a year - Edrington continues to "realign"...   

  45. whiskyreini scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  46. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Seems to have been a huge recent price hike to accompany the reduced abv - from low £200s to £300+ (£380 at TWE). The 25 is following suit (now pushing £200). So even Highland Park is succumbing to the inexorable trend upwards of the older stock...

  47. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Highland Park 30YO 45.7 Bottling Note (by MoM):After spending 30 years maturing, this Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has earned the right to be enjoy very slowly, to have every sip savoured.

    Bottled at a slightly lower abv than previous editions, the Highland Park 30 Year Old is still an outstanding whisky for sure.Rich chocolate and fudge notes with a gently, smoky finish that features superb sea-spray hints.

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