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Highland Park 10-year-old

Overall rating
83.74/100
votes
199
Whiskybase ID
WB44099
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ambassador's Choice
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
70% Bourbon Barrels & 30% Oloroso Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314300661
Added on
30 Aug 2013 8:17 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 67.15

23 × in wishlist

199 × member ratings

565 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 10-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.74 points

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    no water addition

    Conclusion: great, pleasant dram, very pleasing, fun
    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey, heather smoke, nuts, light nougat, thyme, salted caramel
    • Taste
      88 88
      pleasant sweetness, caramel, heather honey, very subtle smoke, saddle leather, some salt
    • Finish
      87 87
      long and pleasant, fruity, caramel, salt, very light smoke, subtle spicy wood

  2. kikist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Smoke is really subtle overall oak driven whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
      little bit dusty, tea cookies, fresh red pepper, little bit of caramel, some citruses, touch of vanilla, some burned plastic foil... with time there is fair amount of green apple and wood
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet with significant amount of the wood spiciness, some apricot
    • Finish
      81 81
      coffee, dried fruit, spicy, oily, caramel

  3. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Falnor scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Does this 10 year old improves because the higher ABV% instead of the normal  choice of 40/ 43%? I liked the idea, but the outcome is not so good.
    • Nose
      A little punchent smell full of citrus, what changes into a sweet and malty core. So squeezed lemon first, drop of oranges and after that some fresh baked bread, a little sugary pastry on the side and you've got yourself a sunday breakfast.
    • Taste
      Bitter grapefruit with some anise. Unripe fruit, green apples. Cookie dough, still raw. Very young really. Very spicy, not not too pleasant. Dare I say peat? Not much actually.
    • Finish
      Fades away quickly into a sour and bitter fruit with unbaked dough.

  5. 2ndSip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Still more fruity and less sherry on the nose, but then the taste is turned around and you can clearly feel the Oloroso influence, including the nutty aroma.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Perhaps...]
    In this case, the sample is enough for me... it's not bad, but it's not a revelation either. If, after around eight years, some of the 3,000 bottles are still being sold by normal retailers, that says enough.
    • Nose
      87 87
      bright fruits of mealy apple, fresh apricot and pear. Appeal of plums and some tart orange.
      Honey sweetness, partly also hints of marzipan. A floral note emerges behind it, which somewhat hides the HP-typical heather; but becomes more concise over time.
      A strong spiciness comes to the fore (nutmeg and some cinnamon), at the same time a few (garden) herbs and maggie herb appear, transporting the sherry aroma.
      Nutty aromas of hazelnut, walnut and Brazil nut with a time delay.
    • Taste
      86 86
      fruity onset, then transitioning into a peppery spiciness that brings enough herbal aromas with it. Tart notes of dark chocolate.
      Creamy viscous mouthfeel.
      Second sip: more sherry now in the foreground; Herbs, darker fruits, creamy again. Here too there are again tart echoes without drifting into bitterness. Typical Oloroso flavor comes through.
      Heather is perceptible in the background, but doesn't put its stamp on the whole thing.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Nutty aromas are retained for a medium to long time. Then some oak load and tannins from the sherry.
      With the second and third sip: the nut drifts more and more into a tart, almost bitter note (walnut skin and green hazelnut); but stays just in the limit (for me).
      It also stays in the mouth for a long time.

  6. GJR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. diamond2000 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: medium saturation, sweet, honeycomb, boiled condensed milk, fragrant dry herbs, slightly burnt wood. Further, sweet orange with zest, vanilla and pastry pastries, bran. Light smoke is well integrated and goes in the background to everything, a little sulfur and salt.

    Taste: honey-citrus, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, orange marmalade, toffee, burnt caramel, woody bitterness. Here the phenolism is brighter than in the aroma, smoked dried fruits.

    Finish: spices, zest, charred wood, burnt caramel, goes into a bitter taste - a bitter medicinal tea, medium length.

    Score: 86

    Bottom line: very good, from memory, a reinforced version of the old 12-ki - honey, toffee, herbs, a little haze. Balanced HP, smoke does not stick out and does not take attention to itself, but goes in a complex of other tastes.

  8. Maian scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. kaljakori scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This whisky is what you get when you press "upgrade" button on the standard 10yo. It's also essentially the same price as the standard version where I live in, so it's very good bang for your buck.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Significantly improved from the standard 10 year old, which I've found very thin on the nose in the recent bottlings. Still a typical HP though, citric, slight peat, a bit of custard.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The arrival is citric, with a hint of chocolate and smoke in the mix. Compared to the standard 10YO, again, significantly better. A bit of cream and sugary pasties.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fairly short, but not bad. A bit sour, but balanced nontheless.

  10. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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