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Highland Park 30-year-old

Overall rating
91.50/100
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168
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
45.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314300258
Added on
08 Aug 2013 1:06 pm

Average value

€ 796,13

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 30-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.50 points

  1. 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!

  2. 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 ...

  3. mema82 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. ColdAesthetics 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

  6. asmazda scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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. 

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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