Highland Park Freya

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Valhalla Collection
Stated Age
15 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0524R L10
Added on
05 Feb 2014 8:58 pm by maverick6462

Average value

€ 498.70

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Freya

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.16 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Thiis is a one trick pony, it is all front loaded and once you get through the zesty fruit notes mixed with honey there is very little else worthy of note.

    I like the sweetness but it lacks balance for me but t.here are parts of it i like and it is nice to try a first fill bourbon from HP because they are so different.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. thebonewolf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    It’s not my favorite as I generally like a more smoky expression, but I am glad to have tried it. While it is and was far too expensive for what it offers, this is a light and bright and refreshing dram. Quite well suited to a warmer climate.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Very light. Vanilla, grapefruit (faint). A hoppy quality I’ve come to associate with lighter Highland Parks.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Honey, spicy, vanilla.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dry, oaky, medium long.

  3. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beguiling with fruit and vanilla, a hint of smoke and oak, spices, slightly “vinous”, aromatic and very appealing.

    With start, warm, full, sweet, spicy, with smoke and oak, spices (clove?)
    No fabric softener, albeit a little different and a little more feminine than usual.
    The alcohol is very well integrated, does not need water ...

    Soft with smoke and sweetness, oriental spices, minimal tart oak note, balanced and slightly malty finish.

    Tasty but also expensive ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A delicious HP from the first-fill Bourbon Cask, fine, elegant, but also a bit fleeting. (I like the Cask Orkney in comparison but better.)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Grapefruit, light honey, a mini track of smoke, abrasion of lemon, star fruit, jasmine flowers, minimally alcoholic in the nose, freshly cut beech hedge, ginger, pebbles on the beach, almond cream, linseed oil
    • Taste
      86 86
      light, watery-spicy, ginger, pepper, dark chocolate, grapefruit, star fruit, light honey, candied ginger, lemon confectionery, jasmine black tea, almond cream
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium-length, spicy, fine-sweet, grapefruit, candied ginger, jasmine black tea, slightly astringent, slightly fine-smoky, at the end comes even bergamot

  6. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
      Citrus, Apple, Applecake, Vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pear, Apple, Vanilla, New Wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      Strong Vanilla and Oak Cask

  7. Bram84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. My.Whisky.Journal scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Style: Green Fruits, Oaky and Spicy


    Peppermint arrowhead stringing a thin thread of lemon honey heather behind. Raw but reasonably fragrant tropical fruits, followed by an unexpected blot of sooty peat. Once it opens up pineapple panna cotta gently dusted with icing sugar comes in focus. Black and white peppercorn, a light briny end to it.


    A rather white pepper driven start on the palate. Starfruits, oak-infused barley, green tropical fruits and lemon aloe vera jelly. Almost metallic at some point. Peat smoke churning lightly, sea salt, followed by a spicy spike, peppermint, chilli seeds and ginger shreds. Wood shavings, chocolate malt, it is surprisingly bitter. Minimal mango sweetness, chocolate malt and nutmeg to finish.


    More nutmeg, black and white pepper sprinkled all over guava and subtle fruity sweetness.


    A surprisingly green and spicy Highland Park here, plenty of oak as well. Not a usual HP which is generally less dry and juicer. I didn’t enjoy this profile too much, maybe I was wrong to presume the goddess of love have to be something sweet? But instead we got something on the other side of the spectrum. I guess it is a curve ball whisky that some might find it interesting. Borderline tick, maybe?

    ✓ [Recommended if you like the Style/ Distillery]

    [51.2% / Original Bottling / 2014 Bottled / Cask Strength / Limited Edition / T-]

  9. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon barrels and Highland Park are a perfect match. Next to Full Volume and The Light again an example of this.
    • Nose
      At first very restrained, a delicate flowery freshness and sweetness rise towards me. After about twenty minutes fresh lime, mint and a distinct hint of vanilla, accompanied by fresh coconut water. The longer the whisky stands and breathes, the more coastal character comes through, gentle spray and a hint of smoke. After another ten minutes you can still feel white tea, fresh lavender and green apple. Diluted: notes of roasted malt, aromatic-tender smoke and mango
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly peppery spicy. Sweet-sour pickled ginger and fresh leaves soften the whole thing immediately and the fresh character from the nose returns. Lemon abrasion and green plum, but also oatmeal cookies, herbal hay and sparkling spicy wood. Diluted: chewy, creamy and very malty. A pleasant blend of aromatic spices settles in the mouth
    • Finish
      long, dry, with bitter oranges and tender honey

  10. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great HP, bourbon maturing and high ABV is good, thought it's overpriced!
    • Nose
      Sweet Peat, citruses, honey, tropical fruits and menthol.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Spicy oak, orange peel, pear, yellow apple and touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, smoky, sour.


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