Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Refill & First Fill Sherry Casks
45.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2013 1:34 pm

Average value

€ 995.23

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 30-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.48 points

  1. 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...

  2. 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!

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Palindrome scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Read my review here


  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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


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