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Highland Park Sigurd

Overall rating
84.41/100
votes
220
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Warrior Series
Bottled
2013
Casktype
American and European Oak Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0002T L21 25/06 18:44
Barcode
5010314300371
Bottled for
Global Travel Retail
Added on
08 Oct 2013 11:35 am
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 150.25

45 × in wishlist

220 × member ratings

976 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Sigurd

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.41 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] When "Sigurd" was released I immediately liked it, by the way - it was the first NAS release that I really liked. This was because "Sigurd" is of the truly old Traditional Scotch style with low wood or wine impact but a beautiful mix of malt, wine and wood flavours in a close-to-perfection balance. I am not sure why this is rated so low here on WB but maybe the later batches were not as good (often the quality goes south after the first batch, unfortunately). Luckily I saved a bottle from the batch coded L0214S L21 16/06 and I am curious if I still like it after all those years...

    ...and I do! To me this is neither thin nor lacks any "oomph" but maybe I own a different batch (see second review below) or a different taste (or both). To be honest, this could be an "everyday dram" to me - it is both interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is quite dark at burnished so they added more sherry casks to this batch, most probably. I use the big spheric blender's glass to nose it and the first sniff offers a quite impressive and complex set of different aromas in this perfect balance that I remember. The typical HP trademark flavours are accompanied by clean but not dominating sherry aromas and a shy spicy wooden note. That is what I like! Out of the blender's glass the nose is quite intense and after some breathing the fruits, honeys, toffee and sherry is enriched by herbs (camphor, eucalyptus), freshly oiled woods, creams wax and some nuts. Take your time (and the right glass) with this nose and you will be rewarded - ooh, and do not forget to warm the dram to body temperature with your hands!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on sweet fruits and molten barley sugars first with winey sherry flavours jumping in very fast. Next are the spices before the honeys sweeten the taste again. Later some fine oily and toffee notes come and go as does a touch of liquorice. No dear Serge, this is not thin (but maybe you tasted a different batch). The dram is greatly chewable and I strongly suggest to do so as this releases much more additional flavours, among them milk chocolate, mocha and crème brûlée.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and with a creamy coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more honeys and spices (peppers) without any bitter or drying moments. Again I do not think this is thin or lacks the "oompf", to be honest. But modern style whisky lovers might see this differently which is absolutely okay. Water is not needed on this anyhow low-proof dram.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] "Curiosity killed the whisky drinker" - hopefully not, because I am too curious to let this "Sigurd batch issue" pass untested. I screened my cellar and luckily I found a different "Sigurd" batch coded L0093T L21 03/04 so it is bottled ten month later than the 16/06 (in 2014, most probably). Of course I cannot resist to crack this bottle open and do a head-to-head of these two batches...

    Wow, what an eye-opener! This 03/04 batch is significantly weaker (by five points) than the excellent 16/06 batch. It lacks the delicious sherry flavours which hide shy in the background and it shows unpleasant old wood impact instead (bitter notes, cardboardy-ness). I never thought that the differences within the same product from about the same time can be that huge (didn't the master blender check every batch?) - 16/06 is excellent, 03/04 average only (at best). I am very glad I did this head-to-head and I can easily imagine that later batches are even weaker than 03/04...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour of the 03/04 is one shade paler at deep copper than the 16/06 at burnished (less sherry casks?). The noses offer basically the same profile but 03/04 is significantly less impressive and complex than 16/06. The sherry notes are rather shy and hide in the background while the HP malt aromas center around heather honey and autumn floral aromas only missing the herbal notes completely (there is bitter tea instead, and more tannins). There are much less fruits in the 03/04 too, unfortunately. This is a three points difference in favour of 16/06,
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste of the 03/04 is less sweet (again fewer fruits) and less winey than 16/06 and it turns quite bitter after some chewing (the wood grows stronger). Oops, this is not as balanced and less tasty than 16/06 - what a difference! This is astonishing four points weaker than 16/06. Again, water is not needed on this low-proof dram.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The initial mouthfeel of the 03/04 is warming but less coating than 16/06 with a bitter-drying moment (tannins at work). The finish is just of medium length (16/06 was long). It adds some chocolatey impressions and even more bitter flavours (like tea that steeped too long). There is an unpleasant drying cardboardy feeling towards the end of the finish too, obviously they added some casks with rather old woods to this batch. This is even a six points difference to the fine 16/06 finish (that was great at 91 points).

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Overall, very pleasant flavors, unfortunately too light. The smoke from the nose is not found in the taste and hardly on the finish again. I would like to try it with 50%, in batch strength it must be stunning! Nevertheless, a very pleasing summer dram.
    • Nose
      Very nice smoke, which blends well with grass and fruit flavors. Reminiscent of a fruit cocktail with pineapple, papaya and mango, I can not grab fruit individually. Grainy maltiness also plays a role in the background. Overall, very light, delicate aromas. As the temperature increases, the aromas become unusually noticeably stronger. The fruit notes shift in the direction of dried fruits, raisins are added and the grain note is also stronger. Some caramel plays along.
    • Taste
      The delicate fruitiness continues in the taste. He is clearly honey sweet with delicate to quite clear oak notes. Overall, very oily, but unfortunately a bit flat.
    • Finish
      In the finish, which is short to medium in length, appears something new, difficult to grasp: sweet and bitter fruit, very attractive. Edelherb chopped fresh mango, the pleasant fruit acid also reminds a bit of currant sticks. This fruitiness actually stops longest.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    RATE FOR BATCH L0214S L21 16/06 (batch number is noted at the back of the front label)

    I can absolutely relate to HS305 comments.

    The two different batches L0093T L21 03/04 (scores 86 with me) and L0214S L21 16/06 (scores 91 with me) can not deny beeing of the same family, but 16/06 is so far ahead.

    Who knows how many batches of Sigurd are around but likely a variation is there if everyone and I would be surprised if the batches got better with time.

    Thus the divergence in rates here can be explained easily. Just too bad, that the WB entry was not made on the basis of different batches, i.e. as done with Laddies. So now we'll never know who had what, we just know that
    Sigurd = Sigurd is a false equation.

    From samples.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    RATE FOR BATCH L0093T L21 03/04 (batch number is noted at the back of the front label)

    I can absolutely relate to HS305 comments.

    The two different batches L0093T L21 03/04 (scores 86 with me) and L0214S L21 16/06 (scores 91 with me) can not deny beeing of the same family, but 16/06 is so far ahead.

    Who knows how many batches of Sigurd are around but likely a variation is there if everyone and I would be surprised if the batches got better with time.

    Thus the divergence in rates here can be explained easily. Just too bad, that the WB entry was not made on the basis of different batches, i.e. as done with Laddies. So now we'll never know who had what, we just know that
    Sigurd = Sigurd is a false equation.

    From samples.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. AAA scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  7. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    completely different character than the big brother, the Ragnvald. Still very tasty and does not fall off next to the 18 year old.
    • Nose
      Tropical fruity, that comes as a surprise. The classic aroma of smoking hay and herbs lies as a delicate carpet under notes of a little immature mango, green banana and buttery papaya. Definitely untypical up to here. Some essential woody oils, aromatic nuttiness and warm wood
    • Taste
      Does not fall off the nose, dark caramel, conifer and oriental spices. Spicy-floral notes of black tea, lavender and thyme add to the already present in the nose very present "yellow" fruitiness, plus orange juice
    • Finish
      Cinnamon and milk coffee

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Although not in several ways not my style, great balanced, delicious, etc.
    • Nose
      Strong hay, pineapple, caramelized banana, mango, brown sugar and a handful of peat and heather, off the last note really HP atypical but very interesting and makes you want more
    • Taste
      Cinnamon, fine oak, lemon zest, some peat, lavender and clove, a few of the exotic notes from above also here in the mouth, very consistent everything
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry peaty-spicy, very pleasant

  9. yggr scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Butter biscuits, vanilla, honey, caramel, herbs, the typical HP smoke.
    Then dark chocolate and a jet of oak.
    Everything was very set and mild ... too mild and styled for my taste.
    More turns would definitely do him good.

  10. Koalafant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great Malt ... complex and a bit off the mainstream. Unfortunately too expensive!
    85/100
    • Nose
      Grassy-flowery with pleasantly light smoke. An unknown note in midfield ... is the heather? Alcoholic. Nut and coffee as well as distinct roasted aromas.
    • Taste
      Nut chocolate with honey and caramel ... plus some pepper
    • Finish
      Medium long and sweet

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