Highland Black 08-year-old

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Reserve
Stated Age
08 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
19 Jun 2015 12:24 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 15.00

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Black 08-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.15 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    alcoholic feeling at first, spices, a little Asian mushrooms (dried and soggy), caramelized sweetness, malt
    surprising because sweet on the palate, malt, grains, caramel, vanilla then peppery spices, fruit on peach, pear and sour apple, all a little cooked.
    simple, monolithic, caramel, vanilla and mushroom again, a little earthy.

  2. ian63david scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    I received this as a present and was surprised of what a good blend it was. Perfectly acceptable as an everyday drinker and much better than a lot of the standard blends out there. Give it a try, you only have £12.99 to loose.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    UncredibleIn Spring 2017, there was much ado about this Highland Black 8 Year Old, a blend that – according to the international press – took home the top award in a blind tasting. Top award? It got a silver medal. Surely that is not the top award? The bottle is dirt cheap, less than 20 EUR, and available from the discount supermarket Aldi. Now, I feel one must always be cautious with such awards, even (and maybe mostly) the likes of the International Spirits Challenge. If you know that the judges awarded a gold medal to Scottish Leader, Loch Lomond 12, Highland Park 25 and Talisker 10 – which surely are quite in a different league amongst themselves and are only four examples out of a list of more than 60 gold medals awarded – how are we supposed to take this seriously? Well, I suppose it takes a smart PR-guy to give this Highland Black such press coverage with its silver medal. My whisky buddy Marcel from Holland challenged me to give it a go. I told him ‘bring it on!’, something I now regret.

    On the nose – which I find to be particularly sharp – I get loads of nail polish remover (or aceton, if you like) and some nettles before some unripe banana and toffee appear. Caramel, a pinch of pepper and some cinnamon. If you leave it to breathe for a while, the aceton evaporates… but you will have to be very patient. Having said that, this is not a pleasant nose.

    It fairs little better on the palate. Only a little, though. Very sweet on barley sugar, toffee apples, loads of oak and a hint of dark chocolate, but the body is quite flat. A touch piquant and again quite sharp. And something chemical lingers, which is quite unpleasant indeed.

    The finish is a letdown as well. Much too bitter with only a little bit of sweetness and unfortunately quite long.

    Come on! This is a bottom shelf blend! To be avoided. Look, at the other results of these awards – to make the comparison to malts with which I am, to say the least, a bit familiar – the Auchentoshan 12 received gold, while the Auchentoshan Three Wood, Blood Oak, 18 Year Old and 21 Year Old were awarded with silver (along with over 150 other bottles!). And the likes of Ardmore Traditional Peated & Deanston 12 returned home with a bronze medal. That says a lot about the credibility of these awards. I rest my case… (Marcel, my revenge will be upon you soon!).

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur


    This followed my sherry-off tasting [WLP], the lineup consisting of Glenfarclas 105, Macallan 14, Glendronach 15yo and Arran 16yo, finishing with a bonus Sirius 31yo from NNS. Good luck HB!

    N: With only a loose resemblance to the previous Glenfarclas 105, this is a youthful [spring water]-clean oily/briny grain-forward blend that suggests it hasn’t quite been filtered/distilled to within an inch of its life.

    T&F: Almost void of detail, let’s not bother with descriptors, just two words – ‘lemonade malt’. There’s nothing wrong here. There’s not much, but there are no flaws as such. This could be considered a masterclass in using just enough malt to perfectly temper young grain to produce a pleasing arrival, subsequent travel and overall form.

    C: Think of this more as decent young grain [than a blend], around 33% cheaper than Famous Grouse and with an age statement.

  5. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Cheap - and you can taste it too. At least it has rather no bad notes and can therefore be drunk without the toenails rolling up. The only question is: why should you drink it at all? For a quick and inexpensive high?
    • Nose
      79 79
      Solvent, malt, subtle roasted aromas, some oak, later pear. Stings in the nose.
    • Taste
      79 79
      sweet, then quickly becoming bitter, pear, oak. Relatively soft.
    • Finish
      75 75
      in short, some oak

  6. Larenard scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    For 12 € 99 difficult to do better. It is very acceptable.
    It is sweet and fruity. A little light anyway.

  7. www.whisky-helden.de scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    One of the best whiskeys in the world, the Highland Black is certainly not, but in my eyes a good and uncomplicated drinking Blend, which can compete with it in any case with the competition in this segment (Chivas 12, Johnnie Walker Red / Black etc.) , Since I still had a bottle of chivas, ballentines and a bottle of Japanese Enso Whiskey Pot-Still Blends open, I dared the direct comparison. With the Enso, I recently came up with a similar rating (for whiskey review), but would prefer the Highland Black, as it could convince with authentic flavors. Also, the discounter Whiskey beats the ball tines with me. Compared to the Chivas, there is no winner for me. Both are on a similar level for me. However, the Aldi whiskey with a retail price of just EUR 15 has an unbeatable price-performance ratio and thus an immense advantage over the competition.
    On the nose, the Highland Black needs time and air, but then develops beautiful fruity aromas, which combine well with the sweet toffee flavors. In the taste quite soft and expected not quite so complex. But he does not have to be, because the Highland Black is very good and uncomplicated to drink and thanks to its mildness and aroma harmony of the broad masses (especially whiskey beginners) like. For 15 euros determined no bad buy
    • Nose
      82 82
      In the Nosing, the Highland Black is very mild and at the beginning quite restrained. The aroma is characterized in the beginning especially by sweet toffee, subtle herbs and a light touch of polish. Only with the time develop tangy fruit flavors (unripe green banana, apple and a little pineapple) and floral aromas with a subtle peppery spice. In the background a little refreshing citrus. In Nosing clearly dominates the influence of the selected Speyside whiskey.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet toffee, and syrup (a bit like turnip greens) meet spicy oak. Dark chocolate with caramel and a hint of vanilla. In addition, light fruit flavors such as apples and blood orange. If I'm not mistaken, then feel a very slight smoky influence. However, all the flavors listed are relatively soft, not quite as complex.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium. Slightly smoky and sweetish toffee in combination with bitter oak, which dominates the finish. Slightly nutty.

  8. Lorion scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, tasty, very pleasant. 80 points.
    • Nose
      Pleasant sweetness. Vanilla pudding. Creme Brulee with luscious caramel glaze. Canned peach. Flourish apple. Soft and creamy.
    • Taste
      Sweet and tasty. Almonds. Peach. Vanilla pudding. Tiramisu in the dessert.
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet. Quite discreetly bitter.

  9. Arquebus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Recommended by Ralfy WR721 – 87pts? Good nose with a nice fruitiness, vanilla emerges, old damp wood, touch of nice oak spice, a suggestion of peat - perhaps the odd ex- refilled, refilled Islay barrel in the mix? Quite pleasant in the mouth very little heat or rough edges, thin though and short on favour. The Grain whisky does its job carrying the Malt. The finish drops off like a cliff. Improves with air and a drop of Malt – I’m a using a teaspoon of 20yo Mortlach to elevate it to 84. Unlike most whiskies in this price range, that have you reaching for the mixers - this is exceptional as a vehicle for carrying more expensive single malts.

    At 12.99 I'm enjoying what's now for me a novelty - 40% whisky.


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