Highland Park Sigurd

Overall rating
84.60/100
votes
303
Whiskybase ID
WB45068
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
Barcode
5010314300371
Bottled for
Global Travel Retail
Added on
08 oct 2013 11:35 am
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 205.53

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Sigurd

42 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.60 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I love to be a contrarian on this one. It's underrated for sure. To me, this is every bit as good as (the better batches of) the regular 18, plus you get some extra smokiness and spiciness as well as more classic European-oak Oloroso influence. What's not to like?
    • Nose
      89 89
      Typical Oloroso notes: dried plums and figs, mead, honey, balsamic reduction. But also a lovely herbal / heathery / spicy aspect and well-balanced wood notes. Quintessential OB HP. There is some some more overt smoke (from the younger components, no doubt) as well as some already-much-reduced-or-integrated smoke (as in the 18 OB). I'd say this is a bit more lively than the last HP 18 I've had. NAS done right, with the older components leading the way and some young malts thrown in to add some pep. That being said, it's all very soft at 43% (but still wonderfully expressive).
    • Taste
      88 88
      The European oak comes nicely through at the back of the palate. Before that, it's basically the 18 with a tad more smoke and spice. Lovely balance between sweet, sour, spicy and smoky notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In theory, this would run the risk of seeming thin and ending up on the short side, but the dialed-up smokiness helps prolong the experience. Pretty juicy and sweet, if a bit consensual and thoroughly un-exciting.

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  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Artus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. molpet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fine HP whisky coming with an elegant packaging/wooden box. Would make a great gift!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Schleifreak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Hardly any smoke in the nose or mouth. Lots of fruit, leather. Balanced, short finish. A little more alcohol would probably have looked good on him.

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      soft smoke, malty, plums, honey, nuts, salt, nicely layered, but not expressive.
    • Taste
      82 82
      hay, smoke, fruity, full bodied for a 43%, but bit boring perhaps?
    • Finish
      83 83
      quite long, in line with taste, oak spices, sweet, cinnamon, nutmeg

  8. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very nice aromas just a little weak. A couple of percent would certainly get better.
    • Nose
      Smoke, nice intense sherry notes, lots of dried fruits, plums, raisins, citrus fruits, nice fresh maritime notes, some caramel, nuts, red berries and slightly tropical fruits
    • Taste
      Slightly smoky and fruity in the beginning, again the intense sherry notes, the citrus fruits now come stronger, spicy oak notes, later becoming slightly sweet again, some caramel and nuts
    • Finish
      only a short light smoke, maritime, dried fruits, caramel, nuts, some citrus fruits. Slightly bitter.

  9. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nosing: smoky freshness, complex fruit aromas, pineapple, mango
    Tasting: sweet caramel in interplay with the smokiness, spices, cinnamon, vanilla, very present woodiness
    Finish: long, a bit dusty and clearly smoky

  10. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Round and soft for 43% but still quite full and above all delicious!
    There are sherry flavors with plums, nuts, cookie dough, honey, malt, oak, the HP grasses only subtle, I have no smoke at all.
    Tastes good to me, only unfortunately ~ 50 € too expensive.

  11. Wummy scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Voting from batch code 16/06. Very nice whisky, interesting to explore, despite the 43%. It seems to have much power.

  12. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Charred pineapple, Lemon peel, Cinnamon, Lavender, Aromatic peat smoke

  13. Gigiomix scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I am not a fan of retail, a blind business, and NAS (ditto) and here I have confirmed it. Much better than 18 years of Highland ...

  14. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose:

    Sherry, dried fruit, mandarins, banana, tropical fruit and hay.

    The palette opens with a good spicy pepper flavor paired with cinnamon and a soft peat flavor. Furthermore, the scents of the nose go further into the palette.

    The aftertaste is less long than you hope. Tastes of pepper, sherry and the dry mouth feeling that goes with it will last you the longest.

  15. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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).

  19. 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.

  20. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Fine smoke, vanilla, pineapple, hay
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity, very light smoke, citrus notes, delicate oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long and spicy

      Great aroma, but afterwards in the taste and finish rather average

  21. M134481 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Green and red grapes, green apple which makes it sour and red what makes the drink sweet, cake, red fruit, vanilla, sherry, wet wood and meaty.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Red fruit, sherry, various grapes, green and red apples, meaty,
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sherry, grapes, apples, meaty, peppery, wet wood, wry

  22. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Deloti scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  24. AAA scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  25. 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

  26. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sherry is good for this. After Einar and Svein this a prominent one.
    • Nose
      Sherry, caramel, mango, pineapple, cocoa and creamy smoke.
    • Taste
      Sherry, bitter oak, freshly grated lemon peel, sweet and acidic fruits, tobacco.
    • Finish
      Medium, oaky, spicy.

  27. vojt466 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    In the smell of pleasant blending of woody tones and ripe red apples. The flavor is more desiccant and adds ginger spice in an amount larger than small. It did not fit me completely - except for the spiciness, it is such a fuss and the price is quite high

  28. Koalafant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great, well-composed malt, which finds a good balance between balance and strength. Unfortunately, the price has now attracted well again :-( Today there are 87/100 points
    • Nose
      Multi-layered and round. In addition to roasting and malt flavors are fruit notes of z. Plums and figs. In addition ethereal nuances paired with a very pleasant sharpness. The whole thing is supported by a clear, but not drowning smoke, who is particularly medically, still overly ashy comes along. Great!!!
    • Taste
      On the palate everything is actually available, which could convince in the nose. In addition, some leather and tobacco and (subtly in the background) chocolate and coffee. Again, a nice sharpness ... for 43% unusually strong.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Many of the above flavors remain present until the end.

  29. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Although nose promises a lot, in the mouth then OK, rather inconsequential, at best tasty, not too thin, but of full-bodied a bit away. I would not lie down for a hundred. Maybe just for 2 bottles.
    • Nose
      first sweet, brown sugar, honey, ricola, banana chips, the sweetness evaporates slowly, then it gets kräutriger, fresh hay, dried herbs, a touch of tree needles and humus soil
    • Taste
      Much "simpler" than the nose, first creamy, milk chocolate, is spicy in the mouth over the time, sharper and more bitter to coffee
    • Finish
      a touch of chocolate, then coffee and (gentle, warm) sharpness

  30. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 141 Euro in May, 2015.

    [May, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 141 Euro in May, 2015.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90 and 87,5.  My notes state a very subtle and nicely balanced dram with a lot of different flavours or aromas to discover (if you spend some time and effort on it).  Certainly not a dram for the "oompf" lovers...

  31. LiquidThoughts 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

  32. Gris scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Something quite rich and sweet. Very balanced, maybe too much, if it can be. I would have liked something a bit fancier with a flavor that stands out a little more.
    • Nose
      Quite fine and rich, with no real aroma that takes precedence over others. Fruity notes and spices, like cinnamon, a slight smoke.
    • Taste
      A salty side that takes over before giving way to a little sweetness and a little vanilla. Spices and a little smoke again.
    • Finish
      Medium final and very slightly fruity, honeyed, very smooth.

  33. Sherrybomber scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  34. yggr scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    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.

  35. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. 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

  37. pipemajor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a total of quite successful HP
    • Nose
      Malty, spicy with a touch of honey, reminiscent of a pine forest, sweet cherry
    • Taste
      creamy and again pleasantly spicy, a touch of coffee and vanilla appear, light fruity sherry flavors
    • Finish
      not too long and dry, clear oak flavors

  38. Snerik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, pineapple, cigar smoke, hazelnut shell. Very pleasant nose!
    • Taste
      Nice, sweet palate. Some cigar and pineapple. 
    • Finish
      Clean, balanced, somewhat “easy-going”. Some cacao and dried tropical fruit on the finish. 

  39. Uichama scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      75 75

  40. zimbowskyy scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  41. 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.

  42. Ciro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  43. Zumbar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  44. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    With a rich glowing intensity, this darkly heroic whisky delivers an intricate balance of red soft fruit, dried figs, roasted nuts, honey and classic Highland Park peat smoke. Brought together by an increased combination of European oak casks, it is refined, detailed and carries the precision and intensity of its namesake, Sigurd.

    One of the most feared Viking earls from the Orkneyinga Saga, Sigurd was considered to be strong, courageous and in possession of a warrior’s instinct as razor sharp as the sword he always carried by his side.

    Almost as revered as the Viking himself, Sigurd’s mighty sword, illustrated on the bottle, was intricately and beautifully engraved, detailing rune stones, dragons, mythical iconography and longships. Like the fabled sword this whisky has been crafted with great skill, care and attention to deliver an expression worthy of carrying his name.

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Highland Park
    • Nose
      Fresh hay bales, mango, golden syrup sponge, caramelised pineapple and a fragrant smokiness.
    • Taste
      Sweet lemon peel, spicy cinnamon bark, oaky woodiness and hint of lavender.
    • Finish
      Spicy smokiness with lingering dusty wood notes.

  45. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. Finlaggan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2014/03/highland-park-sigurd-distillery-bottling.html

  47. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes (by SCOMA) : 

    Aroma: Fresh hay ball notes, mango, golden syrup, caramelized pineapple and a nice smokiness.

    Taste: Sweet lemon peel, spicy cinnamon bark, woody oak notes and a hint of lavender.

    Finish: Spicy smokiness with lingering dusty oak notes. 

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