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Highland Park Thorfinn

Overall rating
92.37/100
votes
169
Whiskybase ID
WB44296
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Warrior Series
Bottled
2013
Casktype
European oak sherry casks
Strength
45.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314300395
Added on
04 Sep 2013 7:02 pm

Average value

€ 1321.69

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248 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Thorfinn

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.37 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] Do you buy a luxury apartment without knowing when it was constructed? Do you buy a new sports car when they do not tell you how many hp's it owns (no, hp does not mean Highland Park in this sense)? So why the hell should I buy such a high-priced bottle of whisky when they provide no information at all (except the abv, hey: this is the only thing I can measure by myself!) - like the vintages contained, cask types used, number of bottles released... This is bordering on impudence and I never bought nor ever will buy any of these high-priced NAS (Never Accept Stupidity) editions unless they offer a free tasting sample what they usually do not do...

    ...and that for good reasons. This is a fine but not a great dram that (most probably) was composed out of some old under-proof sherry casks and younger high-proof bourbon casks to raise the spirit above the 40% abv limit. Unfortunately, the flavours of the younger casks dominate the more subtle aromas of the old ones hence the result is an average (good quality) HP with hints of old excellence that are hard to catch. From my drinker's perspective I am not willing to spend more than 120 Euro on a bottle of such quality...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a subtle and elegant profile of the traditional HP flavours vanilla and honey with some shy sherry aromas (oranges, raisins, chocolates). It seems they used some older sherry casks that (most probably) fell below the 40% abv limit and brought them back to life with younger higher abv bourbon casks. This nose is fine and I like to sniff it - but to be honest: It is very shy (even after sufficient time of breathing) and not impressive at all. If my memory serves my well I liked the nose of Sigurd at least the same (not to mention Ragnvald)...
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is delicate and layered on many fine flavours without any flaw - but again, it is rather shy (and sorry, it is not powerful at all). At the beginning some of the fine older sherry aromas shine through but they are quickly dominated by the stronger flavours of the (younger) bourbon casks, unfortunately. After that it is very hard to catch the subtle flavours of the older casks any longer, sadly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and somewhat coating with a minor drying moment from older woods. The finish is of medium length and adds more barley sugary flavours that cover the subtle aromas of the older casks even more. There is this minor drying feeling towards the end again but it is not distracting at all. Forget about water - any reduction just flattens the dram (further)...

  2. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Huge whisky, strange that is a NAS, maybe the best NAS in the world?! I think some young maturing use to mixed with the older ones for the perfect harmony. Ragnvald is outstanding in the Warrior Series, but this one is ... nearly excellent for me.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Deep and elegant. Vanilla, honey and milk caramel. Fruit cake, especially orange, apricot and waxy apple. Matured spicy oak. Touch of creamy peat and salted minerals.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Powerful. A bit bitter matured oak. Piquant spices, mainly nutmeg, white pepper and saffron.
      Dried fruits. Dutch cocoa, milk coffee and orange peel. Cigar ash and smoked ham. Sumptuous.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, spicy, dry, creamy.

  3. Gregers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Different expression, but good. Not what I expected at all, but I'm happy to have tasted it.

    Review: https://youtu.be/_iaIQn0s2DQ
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry notes of raisins, figs, dates, apricot, then some toffee, vanilla, honey, light furniture polish, brine, very sweet honey, not big or complex, but quite nice. Some citrus notes show up later.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very good alcohol level, black pepper, wood spices, cane sugar or light pear juice sweetness, decent dose of smoke, light oak, decent amount of barley. Feels a bit separated in the structure, but balance is good. The smoky parts feel aged but other parts where freshly cut grass notes are prominent feels younger. Sweetness turning into carrot sweetness, and more fresh herbs and oak show up. Second chew brings out a lot of smoke, caramellized apples, fleshy fruit, hay, fresh herbs and grass, it's really completely different from what I expected (though I don't know what I expected). Very happy the smoke is there. Smoky, unsweetened creamy pumpkin soup right now, Great or a bit odd? Can't decide, but surely not bad. Third chew is drier, and brings jellybeans, mint leaves, custard, and cereals, while everything else is still there. The result is a very complex and enjoyable dram, really quite amazing.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Not very sweet, heavy pumpkin cake with fresh herbs, custard, cereals, light black pepper, smoke, really nice. Well done by HP creating such a unique expression.

  4. Seanzhang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  5. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A really great, multi-layered malt. And the best proof that NAS is not synonymous with boring. The nose is really great and on the palate it is really delicious, both seemingly do not quite fit together, but the enjoyment does not detract.
    • Nose
      He starts sweet and hard. I immediately have wax, rum raisins and fruit cake in my nose. After some time it becomes musty and then suddenly show more "younger" aromas of vanilla and apple. In the course I find a touch of licorice and banana for short. This is really a beautiful, complex malt, which clearly shows the mix of older and younger barrels.
    • Taste
      First plum and a hint of gum. Then strong coffee notes and the mouth is warmed up properly by the alcohol, but without that would burn. Later still smoked ham, wax and shoe polish.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, a bit bitter and presents coffee and vanilla again.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I love the nose on this one. This is a type of whisky that can divide opinions. This is one of those soft elegant  whiskies that caresses your taste buds rather than drives over them, you need to give this a lot of time or you will miss some of the subtleties that this particular whisky can provide.

    It does lack a little oomph but in my respectful opinion some of the scores here are  little on the harsh side.

    I will be able to gauge it better against some old HP so will do this in the weeks to come.

    I agree it is too expensive by far for what it is but these days what whisky isn`t?

    I also would be interested what the make up of cask is?
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and I love the flavours in this one.
    • Nose
      A little hesitant at first (after a nosing lid had been on) so I will let t breath a little.

      There are notes of chocolate orange, Turkish Delight, faint hints of vanilla, black cherries in syrup, warm pastries.

      At the moment I am getting over a cold but while this is delicate it is multi layered and you need to spend some time with this one.

      I think Macheye is right about leaving it for some time in the glass because it does indeed open up with air and is less closed.

      The longer you leave it in the glass the more the orange note comes out and the more it improves.
    • Taste
      Nice mouthfeel and a very spicy attack with just a little woody bitterness thrown in.

      Its like a mocha its all on chocolate, truffles and dark coffee with a faint chocolate orange taste coming in.

      The spice then explodes on the tongue, like a subdued, thick, syrupy mulled wine mixed with dark stewed fruits.

      On the negative side (slightly mind, nothing more)the bitterness does increase a little and there is a flat spot mid palate as if all the flavours have been subdued and kept back.
    • Finish
      Good medium length with a slightly drying finish

  8. Macheye did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This whisky is delightful. It's well constructed, well balanced and rewarding. It is however well worth letting it breathe a little. Despite having no age statement there is obviously a good portion of older whisky at play here. Resting for 20 minutes or so will be worthwhile. Oh and don't look at the price tag on this one. I used to look at price tags, then I took an arrow in the knee.

    Full review: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/highland-park/highland-park-thorfinn/

  9. Sherrybomber scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    After several tastings it's clear for me that something's 'wrong' with this Whisky. It is changing between the qualities of the older casks and the 'flatness' of newer ones; esp. the kind of 'modern' sweetness is obtrusive and gooey and the wood is without character and flat. 

    (Btw: does anybody know the exactly casks that were vatted?)

    Maybe just using the older casks would have made a much better result (maybe more woody and spicy, but more authentic!).
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

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