Highland Park Ice Edition

Overall rating
85.43/100
votes
416
Whiskybase ID
WB78565
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
30000
Strength
53.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010314302658
Added on
22 feb 2016 3:52 pm by Thomberry
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 337.38

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Ice Edition

75 users have left 82 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.43 points.

  1. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Despite the hype, the hip bottle and the "fretwork" a top malt, unfortunately at an exorbitant price;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      90 90
      Boubon nose; sweet pineapple, honey, biscuit, malt, vanilla, a little oak;
    • Taste
      90 90
      intense sweet start, strong, mouth-filling, pineapple, green tea, vanilla, spicy, creamy, buttery, complex;
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium-long, sweet finish; in the aftertaste spice;

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  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really great whisky from the bourbon cask with a hint of smoke and lots of fruit. Completely convinced me in the blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Light and sweet, ripe light fruits, gooseberries, vanilla, cinnamon, cookie dough, some elderberry syrup, white wine, kiwi gold, then more citrus, light grapes and some smoke and fizz at the end.
    • Taste
      spicy, light smoke, a little pepper but rather sweet with vanilla and light fruit notes.
    • Finish
      dry, bitter-sweet, smoky aftertaste with some mint.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  6. Nazin scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    That is extremely poor.
    • Nose
      70 70
      A lot of alcohol, citruses, vanilla.
    • Taste
      70 70
      A lot of alcohol, citruses, vanilla.
    • Finish
      39 39
      Awful, peppery, alcoholic.

  7. Artus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. ailean scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  9. Tutu scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Color gold

    - a great representative from Highland Park
    - significantly better than its counterpart the FIRE
    - a very good to excellent pure
    Bourbon barrel storage
    - very attractive packaging with the wooden frame
    - but with 250 - 300 € also very expensive and
    tends to be too expensive, possibly too high expectations / presentation of the still, nevertheless it remains a very good whisky with Bourbon barrel maturation
    • Nose
      typical bourbon nose, sweetness, oak, vanilla, pineapple the 54% you can hardly smell
    • Taste
      strong, intense, sweet start, very mouth-filling, vanilla, pineapple, creamy, buttery, very complex for a pure bourbon barrel
    • Finish
      medium-long finish;
      long spicy, slightly sweet aftertaste

  11. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park Ice Edition 17 year old 53.9%. Consumed Oct 2019. Aroma is a bit waxy, some oak and up-front smoke, faint bubblegum. Taste is quite oaky to start, oak-forward and a touch mousy. Then faint fruit esters and smoke - burnt barley. Then it all settles in and merges so that the oak, fruit and smoke flavours all roll around over the top of each other. Building biscuity flavours and a touch of perfume. A touch too oaky for my taste, but decent enough. 3.45/82

  12. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. mothers_finest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. obst scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  15. yfalkov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh, malty, pickles, rye bourbon, vanilla, bakery, a bit stingy, later - fruits
    • Taste
      Sweet, touch of smoke, bread, spices
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, spicy

  16. thebonewolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Packs a bit of a punch with flavor, but doesn’t hit as strong as you’d think given the ABV (in a good way).
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malty, citrus, honey, vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Tame, sweet, malty, spice.
    • Finish
      84 84
      More intense, malt, apple/pear. Long.

  17. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Ninofdram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  19. DrunkDude scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Vanilla cream, banana caky, heather nectar, hints of smoke, hints of durian. 91
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon sour, pear, mint spices, fennel, nutty citrus bitterness, rich peppery spices. 88
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very thick Citrus bitterness, some liqorice. 87

  20. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Youngone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Palindrome scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    “Nine worlds I know, nine abodes of the glorious World Tree, intertwined with life below . . . .”

    So begins the Prophecy of “Volva,” a seer who narrates the best known ancient saga from Iceland. Of the nine worlds, none captures one’s imagination quite as vividly as Niflheim, the mythical place that inspired the new Highland Park Ice Edition whisky.

    The name literally means “Place of Fog.” It is described as a landscape of ice, wrapped in darkness, with a brooding life-force that seeks to consume the light and joy of brighter worlds.

    As Highland Park’s booklet that accompanies the Ice Edition states, Jotuns, also known as Ice Giants, live in this dark land. Their superhuman powers were greatly feared among Norse peoples. Modern anthropologists have equated these giants with a race of beings known as “The Sasquatch.”

    Such is the myth (or perhaps the reality) of hair-covered monsters rumored to magically come and go from our earthly world, preferring moonless nights to tread along the hinterlands of civilization. Tales from Alaska to Norway to Siberia describe how these hulking manlike beasts do indeed look like ice giants when their coats of hair are matted with ice and snow. My latest novel that I wrote tells a mesmerizing tale about human contact with just such a creature.

    The God, Loki, is also an Ice Giant in Scandinavian mythology. In my Portland home, I have made a shrine of sorts dedicated to the whisky from Highland Park that bears his name. No, I don’t worship Loki! But I love the timeless packaging of the whisky almost as much as I love the packaging of Ice Edition.

    Both bottles come with an oak case bound by a magnet and a handsome brass hinge. The craftsmanship of this finished oak case is not to be underestimated, nor is the design of the blue bottle itself, which seems to be hewn from a block of ice, offering irregular angles and a thick base that extends upward along the sides of the bottle. Even the heavy oaken cork-stop bears a carved insignia of its namesake.

    All of this packaging highlights the golden whisky inside to dramtic effect, particularly when lit from behind, producing a greenish hue as it shines through the icy blue bottle. It’s no secret that the offering will become a collector’s item bound to fetch higher and higher prices in auction. Plus, the fact that the whisky is seventeen years old can only enhance its commercial appeal.

    Like the majority of Highland Park offerings, Ice Edition begins at forty-five parts per million of peat smoke. This is mixed with unpeated malt from Simpsons, a well-respected maltster at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, which is the northernmost town in England. After the mixing is done, presto!, Highland Park’s phenols go down to somewhere between twelve-to-fifteen PPM.

    As for its aromatic peat, that comes from Hobbister Moor on the Island of Orkney. Peat from the high north of Scotland tends to burn light and hot. The resulting phenols age quite well in bourbon casks. When sampling whiskies from Highland Park, one notices they offer a delicate yet compelling smokiness that becomes nutty in the glass with a breath of fresh air.

    Whisps of smoke anchor the basic composition of Ice Edition. A smoky phantom haunts the spirit as sweeter notes from the barley and the ex-bourbon casks emerge. Those enthusiasts who have been following Highland Park’s Valhalla Series might notice that Ice asserts some of the charming characteristics of Freya, yet adds an oceanic influence borne out by seventeen long years in those casks.

    In comparing Highland Park Ice Edition to a few gods from the Valhalla Series, I noticed that this one is a little sharper than Odin, not as “jammy” or tropical as Loki, and not as perfumy as Freya. However, rather than detracting from the new offering, these differences can be seen as an asset. Personally, I appreciate the smoke-enhanced, medicinal aspects of this rather bold whisky.

    Tasting Notes

    Color: Antique gold shines like Aladdin’s lamp. In one’s glass, it becomes apparent to the practiced eye that the spirit is not chill filtered, nor does it contain artificial coloring.

    Nose: Maritime influences co-mingle with nori, coconut, dry ashes, clove, papaya, cedar, a touch of mint, and floral notes of heather. Water tends to bring out more fruity notes while reducing the iodine and peat, making this whisky a bit more elegant and refined.

    Palate: A wave of peat hits first, and then floral overtones, which yield to heather honey, baked lemon, more papaya (from the nose), and pie crust with a little burnt vanilla. As the spirit moves from mid-palate to the tip of the tongue, grassy overtones emerge, which are reminiscent of the late great indie Rosebanks. Water brings out a vanilla bean note, along with a bittersweet admixture of honey, pickled ginger, and clove.

    Water makes a difference on the finish, as well. If enjoyed neat, the spirit delivers dark chocolate, eucalyptus, smoke, and espresso, and is medium in length. Very bracing, the death reminds me of the lingering presence of a menthol cigarette after it has been smoked. With water, oak influences diminish. One is left with a promise of licorice. Highland Park’s heather-honey signature note flirts with lemon zest, and traces of white pith.

    Some Final Thoughts:

    Just as time played a significant role in the making of this seventeen year old single malt, so too is time of the essence in appreciating all that it has to offer. A good three months in an opened bottle seems advisable for the spirit to come into its own–that is, if aerating is not employed by pouring it to and fro gently in a glass pitcher at least once.

    Seventeen years in ex-bourbon casks have definitely worked their magick upon the spirit: it leaves its mark as the first element in a new series of whiskies from Highland Park. After I had enjoyed a few drams, I found myself imagining an ice giant pausing to turn and regard me with an air of curiosity, before striding off into the gloaming.

    I think the name Ice Edition is quite fitting. It seems to come from an interplay between sweet and bitter, not unlike the fire and ice of Norse legend, which gave birth to nine abodes of Yggdrasil, the glorious World Tree.

  24. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  25. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A rather elegant whisky on the nose. The strong vanilla pleases. Acceptable on the palate without impressing, the finish is overall one-dimensional and too short.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Initially spices and sweetness, with a slight smoke. Gum and mint as well as increasingly intense and sweet vanilla. Some orange and soy sauce. Later smoked fish.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spices and light fruits at the beginning, then malt and vanilla. The alcohol is strong.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A medium-long finish follows, which is dominated by bitterness and espresso.

  27. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. bikenerd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I understand that this expression is too much of marketing and far too expensive for the price I bought it (290€), but the score should reflect the quality of the product and the quality is good even if the price is too high! - Maybe some scorers should think about this.

  29. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grapes, peaches, honey, a little dusty, grasses in the background, orange, lemon peel, some soil, fresh wood, vanilla, apple, pear,
    • Taste
      Oha has a lot more power than I thought.

      Honey, cereals, herbal candy, lime, lemon, wood, coffee, pepper

  30. Deloti scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Weak nose, pleasant citrus and spicy peat in the mouth. Gets better as you drink it, still nothing extraordinary (apart from its price)
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Berti scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Sweet fruit cake with exotic fruits, very soft finish
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An unbelievable 79 shoplinks!
    Even more than his ugly red sister..
    Big time sell out!

  33. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  35. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I notice that there is a huge range of scores on this bottle and assume that some of the lower ones will down to sherry heads. On first nosing I thought I would not like this but it is actually a good whisky and takes water well.

    This is so much better than the much more expensive Loki.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With water:-

    The only real difference is a few leather notes but the water has realised the peat and in parts this reminds me of Caol Ila  a little. There is still plenty of fruit.

    Finish is still decent length.
    • Nose
      There is some honey, grapefruit, sawn pine wood, hints of lemon, polish and wax
    • Taste
      Quite full on the palate with plenty of peat on show which in turn is checked by the fruit that was on the nose. Just a hint of bitterness on first tasting, thankfully it soon goes.

      The fruit is full on and mixes well with the peat and it gets fatter on the palate as you go
    • Finish
      Good length, pleasant warming with a spicy finish

  37. Lorion scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Really tasty. Offers a lot. 87th
    • Nose
      Very sweet, vanilla. Lemon zest. Coconut and pineapple. Discreet smoke, herbaceous and barely recognizable. Oak comes through slowly. Nectarines. Water : softer, sweeter. Biscuit biscuit, mandarin cake.
    • Taste
      Sparkling sweet and vanilla. Some wood and smoke. Water : softer, velvety, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Short, light-fruited.

  38. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    A bit weak on the nose but pretty punchy on the palate, quite drinkable but does that justify that high price?

    However I like the very citrusy and lemony notes...
    • Nose
      Honey, malty, dry hay, hints of citrus fruits and vanilla
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, creamy, hints of coffee beans, citrus fruits, cough drops, good sweetness
    • Finish
      Long and warm, little zesty

  40. OKoster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  41. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. frontalex scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  43. karloff scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.        
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  44. karloff scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    This is nice,but is it worth the price tag, no I don't think so, I had a Tobermory 17 which I paid £50 for and it was better than this. 
    • Nose
      Quite a fruity nose, a mixed bag and some earl grey tea, vanilla ice cream, IPA beer, straight off the tap, some kind of new wood, like a box, also their is definitely some sort of confectionery, not sure though.    
    • Taste
      Full bodied and I've decided to drink this straight, swirl it around your tongue and you get some citrus notes, a little bit of lemon, a little bit of lime and definitely some grapefruit, it has that bitterness to it, almost like an Indian tonic water.   
    • Finish
      The finish is bold and strong, with some spice and lemon.      

  45. Yeyel scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A Whisky that is not worth the price. Prefer him a highland park 24 years of vintage Signatory 1000 times more interesting.

  46. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky for sure. But not quite worth the money.You can get really good bourbon matured whisky for a lot less.But it is a really elegant dram.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. fileosoph scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  48. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    A premium whisky, almost worth it's premium price tag.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  49. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    No doubt there's been some premium quality casks at work here.
    • Nose
      First impression is light and fruity, tropical fruity, with pineapple leading.Citrusy freshness, and sweet on notes of honey vanilla, maybe a hint of some artificial bubble gum flavour.

      Faint and lighter grassy notes in the background.
      Quite complex, well ballanced and little indication of the high abv.
    • Taste
      The name. as well as the presentation, the color and the nose may lead to the asumption it is a light and kind of "feminin" dram. Well,it's neither.Immediate hot hit on the palaette with loads of white pepper, but not in an unpleasant way. It's warming and oily, and you get an instant feeling of a well matured liquid.

      Big bold body with developing sweetness, almost on a liqoure level. Rich bourbon vanilla. Fruit comes along midway, still strong on pineapple but also more zesty notes.

      Gives impression of a very well composed and "complete" whisky.
    • Finish
      Long, with interesting development. Spice mellows a little, turning on ginger and a rich anis licorice note.

  50. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Well, definitely interesting but one of the most artificial-looking hype bottlings of all time.
    • Nose
      Ricola, pure menthol, fine smoke behind, baking aromas, licorice, vanilla, potherbs as typical of HP, but the mint remains the most persistent
    • Taste
      Smoke, moss, plaster, menthol, licorice with hop malt, eucalyptus straight from the tree, vegetable garden, toasted oak, salt, later what peach / Kumquat somewhere identifiable as the only fruity note
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, menthol, heather, hops remain penetrating artificially in the mouth.

  51. Redlaub scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      95 95

  52. Paulski88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  53. ffmdino scored this whisky 57 points Connoisseur

    All in all a good whisky but not a high flyer. tolerates a few drops of water
    • Nose
      a little vanilla and caramel, earth, some smoke, the alcohol bobs something
    • Taste
      Olive and soft on the palate, oak, salt, heather, honey, nice spicy and a bit bitter at the end
      with water the smoke gets a bit stronger
    • Finish
      medium to long, the oak is there, coffee and some smoke, later gum

  54. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Well-crafted and nicely balanced. The Ice has a bit too much oak on the palate, but is otherwise a success.
    • Nose
      Lovely gentle and fresh nose. A combination of orchard fruits (apples, peaches, some orange too) and a dewy meadow. Some vanilla, as well as pine needles. Wonderfully balanced.
    • Taste
      Good body, oily mouthfeel. More aggressive than the nose, with a peppery and oak-y arrival. Some cinnamon and walnuts too. Finally overtaken by vanilla sweetness and white frosting.
    • Finish
      The orchard fruits make an encore here, mainly apples and pears. The tiniest hint of smoke now. Fairly long.

  55. gango4 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An absolutely successful Highland Park, as it may be. Beautifully balanced, wholesome and pleasant in the mouth. However, in lower price regions, equivalent bottles are available from independent bottlers. Tasting yes, buy and open no.
    • Nose
      Only a wonderful exotic fruit on the nose: mango or persimmon. Some salt in the background with vanilla. By heat, the fruitiness goes out a bit and maritime notes take over the lead more. Something malty inserts itself. The smoke is still very restrained.
    • Taste
      On the palate but then a more typical Highland Park. The salty sea air passes by with heather flavors. Round and successful.
    • Finish
      In the finish, I appreciate the wonderful oak flavors, more on the green and fresh side. This remains medium to long, especially for the fact that he has to get along there without smoke.

  56. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Grassy, green apples, vanilla, fine oak, buttery at the end, long fine finish influenced from the bourbon cask. Wonderful HP, not typicall but still - or because of that? - wonderful HP!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  57. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  58. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  59. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Moving away from the usual sherried, spices rich and heather HP that we
    accustomed to with HP. This edition offer a different side of the
    viking. Softer, or more feminine I would thought. An elegant mature
    lady...with substance. Rounded vanilla, citrus and mint with hidden
    honey lying underneath the hefty strength. Earl grey tea, quite fragrant. P- Mature wood, cider, juicy sour fruits at first, follow by earthy,
    fresh honey, minted chocolate and thin layer of nutty oil after
    dilution. Quite charm and well behaved.

    F- Long and smooth,
    zesty green apple, fresh honey again with touch of welcoming earthy
    bitterness. May not go the extra mile to reach any greatness, but surely a
    different dimension of Orkney.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. Bosi scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Regardless of any price discussion, the Highland Park Ice is a very good whisky. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, there are no junk notes and the nose offers everything you would expect from a first fill bourbon barrel. Water enhances the aroma, but leaves the taste a bit dull.
    • Nose
      Fruity and sweet aromas alternate. Orange chocolate, honey and strawberry jam are followed by Christmas cookies, heather and cardamom. In the distance a fireplace burns.
    • Taste
      The texture is fat. The taste is slightly burnt caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, honey and pear again. I hardly taste smoke.
    • Finish
      In the medium long finish I can recognize peppermint tea and orange jam. The whisky is a bit salty for that.

  61. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well done and without any defects. But too expensive, even if the shape of the bottle is pretty :-)
    • Nose
      Fine and exotic, ripe pineapple, conifer, then more HP, salinity, heather. Well done.
    • Taste
      Always on the exotic flight with these notes of pineapple that persist. Nice balance with salty / iodine notes. A slightly smoked side then appears.
    • Finish
      Medium to long

  62. lucky777 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  63. Avdboom scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. JVermij scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Hyped. No quality
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  65. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    I must say that I’m underwhelmed, it’s a nice whisky but nothing more than that. The nose is quite balanced but the palate has some rough edges to it. In my opinion this expression is more about the hype and the packaging than the actual liquid. And for the exorbitant price tag you get an nice whisky but nothing stunningly good.
    All in all a nice whisky but that’s it, just nice.
    • Nose
      A fresh, light, sweet and balanced whisky with aromas of honey, solvent tones (acetone) grains, hint of Vermouth, green apple, pear, pineapple, ginger, hay, subtle anise, icing sugar, grass, hint of smoke, faith yellow plums, stale tones, cardboard, vanilla, subtle maple syrup, a hint of lemon zest, cedar wood, faith floral tones and a hint of oak.
    • Taste
      a powerful, pungent and sweet whisky with aromas of white pepper, alcohol, honey, vanilla, icing sugar, candid ginger, hint of smoke (but very faint), fennel, appel, pineapple, unripe pears, cedar wood, hint of tannins, aniseeds, green apple peels, grass, malt, yeast, golden syrup, hint of caramel, cardboard, banana peels, hint of licorice, faith hint of orange and subtle oak.
    • Finish
      A medium to long and sweet finish wit aromas of pear, honey, subtle licorice, pepper, candied ginger, maple syrup, icing sugar, aniseeds, hint of mint and subtle oak.

  66. ZwiJo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  67. ScottFrench scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    We will end up believing that beautiful packaging and high prices have only one purpose: to hide a relative lack of taste interest. This Highland Park Ice Edition is not bad. It's not an easy or instant whisky, but it does not lack character. On the other hand, it lacks interest. At no time we say "wow, it's good!" In short, an interesting whisky to taste, but the purchase remains dispensable, especially at 250 € ...
    • Nose
      expressive and fresh. At first, pastry notes, with the presence of pastry not yet cooked, a little honey, orange blossom, frangipane, but, soon, it is the vegetal and dry side that takes over: green wood, grape seeds, apple peels, cut grass, Angostura, green tea, gentian, spearmint. With the opening, it all rounds and mixes perfectly to give something coherent and interesting, on a background of vanilla.
    • Taste
      powerful and very aromatic. It's pretty dry and bitter. The notes of gentian and grape seeds are quite present. Spices, more present in the mouth than the nose, do not help anything: pepper, cinnamon, ginger. It could have started better. Leave him a little time to open up and see what he has to offer. After a few minutes, it is hardly more engaging, even if some sweet notes counterbalance the bitterness, with, in particular, honey, orange, lemon, mint and a little vanilla. In the end, it's clean and consistent, although the profile does not make it an easy-drinkable whisky.
    • Finish
      beautiful persistence on notes of gentian, ginger, orange and vanilla.

  68. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      Strong vanilla and honey, sweet dry fruit
    • Taste
      a little dry from the long aging, strong abv, powerful sweet honey
    • Finish
      vanilla, long finish. very pleasent.

  70. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Whisky starts in the fragrance as fruity, salty and slightly sweet. In the taste, the recognizable smoky taste and light pepperiness is immediately apparent. Still in combination with fruitiness and light sweetness.
    The finish is medium and is spicy and slightly sweet, the fruity then disappears to the background.
    With the addition of water, the character of the whisky changes considerably: In the fragrance there is now a strong sweet, white chocolate. In the taste and finish, this is mainly due to coconut and mint hints. Without losing the character or becoming weak.
    Conclusion: A delicious and versatile dram. Major drawback: the price / package. Bottle is of course beautiful, but in the end it is still to do the content. Had this whisky poured into a standard HP bottle and asked 70-75 euros for it, then he would certainly have been in my closet.
    Now it is doubly sinful: Because of its high price and collectors character, many bottles will remain unopened, so that this delicious whisky will not actually be drunk too much; For people (like me) who would want to drink with regularity, he is simply much and much too expensive. From a content perspective, a price of> 250 is totally unjustifiable.
    Unfortunately.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  71. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Versatile whisky, which in taste (and without water) has the typical HP watermark, fruity and sweet in combination with a non-peaty smokiness. Whisky changes enormously after adding some water, then the sweet predominates, without the dram becoming slack or flat.
    • Nose
      b / w: fruity, orange, citrus, salty. Also sweet, honey, vanilla, oak, little gingerbread. m / w: smell changes! The fruity disappears to background, sweet takes over, white chocolate
    • Taste
      b / w: Smoky (but no peat), powerful, slightly peppery. Sweet, honey and vanilla. And fruity, apples. Spicy, cinnamon. m / w: Another big change: the smoky and peppery disappears, the whisky is now softer, mint influences, coconut. Still warm taste.
    • Finish
      b / w: Medium, spicy, vanilla, oak. Light dry. m / w: The coin and coconut now also come through much stronger in the finish.

  72. mothers_finest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Comes soft, but does not disappear without leaving a trace. He could be more balanced in my eyes. Of course, the price tag is always in the neck of this dram - but objectively I can give Mr. Ice 88 points.
    • Nose
      Refreshing nose, citrus, caraway, a little honey and vanilla. Where is the smoke? No smoke ...
    • Taste
      There it is, the smoke! Light, pleasant smoke reminiscent of smoked bacon or at least a smokehouse, accompanied by orange, a slight bitterness, spicy sweetness and the wood. Yes, on the palate, the oak is palpable - now in the night! That I did not have that before? ... pleasant warmth in the neck goes to the finish ...
    • Finish
      Strong, long and warm. It forms a dryness in the mouth, which I somehow associate with caraway again ..? Dark chocolate! The oak spice takes the mouth room for a while in fog.

  73. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This series consists of 2 bottles of the Ice & Fire.
    • Nose
      Sweet and round the first scent is honey, very seasoned apple, lemon zest, hint of dry hay and lots of sweet spices, very greasy and waxy, hint of oak and vanilla comes to the back of the aromas.
    • Taste
      Very spicy and sweet, ripe apples, cinnamon, honey, orange blossom, oak, coconut comes at the back.
    • Finish
      Sweet spices, pepper and apple peel.

  74. mQkz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Awarded Best Single Malt Scotch on the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016.

    http://www.ultimate-beverage.com

  75. Hemdl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    If I look at the malt in terms of taste and quality, then this is quite a good whisky, which would certainly find its friends. Here we are unfortunately at the point - "would". For in terms of taste, the "Ice" justifies its high price only to a limited extent, which is why it will most likely be his life as a collector's bottling. For example, if I could win quite a lot from the Odin at the issue price, then at the latest here, subjectively, every relation is lost. Since I already had some independent bottlings in the glass, which hereby more than can compete and cost a third of the price called for the "Ice".
    It is a pity that we are now at a point where a doubtlessly strong distillery like Highland Park is reduced to the price of its bottlings time and time again and makes less and less flavor of itself. In this case, the problem is unfortunately homemade. How many great bottlings have sprung from this distillery, and how rare is this between the disappointing NAS (dark origins) and collector bottlenecks?
    The only thing that remains is to say: If you are interested in the "Ice" or Highland Park, then get a sample or try it at the fair / friends. Form your own opinion. For my part, I'm glad to have tasted it, but then stay with other bottlings.
    • Nose
      After a good twenty minutes in the glass, I have an extremely fresh malt in the glass, which is sweet and fruity. Pineapple juice, green fruits, some honey, vanilla and light oak. In the background a strong menthol note, which gives freshness. The parallels to the "Freya" from the series of gods are indeed unmistakable, even if I like the memory of the "Ice" in the nose right off the bat. Is there smoke to be seen? Something, where I find the menthol note more dominant here.
    • Taste
      At the beginning on the tongue very sweetish and floral, afterwards it becomes much spicier and stronger. Green and sweet fruits, again some pineapple. Then sweet oak notes and some smoke come to the fore, the malt is now much riper and older than at the beginning. The barrel-strong 53.9 percent by volume push now also more clearly into the foreground, underlaid with a slightly peppery sharpness.
    • Finish
      In the long and warm finish the oak wood now comes clearly to the fore. The mouth becomes slightly dry, slight bitterness at the end. The fruity notes of the nose can at best be guessed here, it dominates the spicy oak.

  76. jesper85 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  77. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Heinz sandwich spread, cherries, some peat, Lowlands style - tomato paste-based peat! Did i clean my glass out properly?
    T: Needs water, then its delicious - supremely balanced. Doesn’t do a great deal, it simply maintains a rich, complete, balanced direction as a decent aged malt from good casks should do.
    F: Heathery with plenty of that age showing. Lots of vibrancy too but never over-egged.
    C: Seems that 30000 bottles is officially a limited run - Bowmore are on it too WB. Plenty to go round i think and I’m sure we will see hundreds of these doing the rounds at auction in the next few months/years. Well worth a try [sample] but i wont be stretching to a bottle at those prices - and anyway i think the standard 18yo has the edge [batch dependent] - although this has got a [genuine] small batch quality to it, despite the numbers. Well crafted that’s for sure.

    Scores a B [87]

  78. ViiniWinnie scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Very round, fruity and nice whisky which is full of sweetness. Even it is 53.9% of alcohol, you can barely feel it in the mouth or palate. Intense, rich and complex with many variations as time goes by. This whisky is like a more powerful and masculine version of 18yo and a sweeter with honey version of Freya. I am sure this whisky would need time to open up and be even better after a week or two upon opening. This is my favourite special edition of Highland Park I have tasted. Really satisfied performance as a 17yo whisky.

    http://www.viiniwinnie.com/#!Highland-Park-Ice-The-Creation-of-the-World/c16ee/56f1a12c0cf26be41bd7541d
    • Nose
      Sweet and round, first aroma is honey, very spiced apple, lemon zest, hint of dry hay and plenty of sweet spices orange, very oily and waxy. Hint of oak and vanilla comes at the back of the aroma. 15mins later comes more with honey lemon water, a lot of lemonade, coconut and oak.
    • Taste
      Medium(+) body. Very spicy and sweet. Peppery, oily,  waxy,  ripened apple, apple crumble, cinnamon, plenty of honey, orange blossom. Oak and coconut comes at the back.  

      After adding a drop of water, some miracles happen. The sweetness turns into mint and salted ham like savoury. More sweetness and fruitiness continue to appear: orange, ripened apple, butterscotch, coconut, hint of ginger, cinnamon, and mint chocolate. Generally a very round whisky with slightly smoky. Nice one!
    • Finish
      Medium(+) length, sweet spices, pepper, apple peel.

  79. Snerik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A nice whisky, but very not Highland Park. But I doubt it’s worth the hefty price tag. 
    • Nose
      It’s very tropical with loads of mango notes, peanuts, vanilla. Adding water just pushes it further in the tropical direction. 
    • Taste
      Nice texture with notes of peanuts and banana (!). 
    • Finish
      Pleasant finish, again very tropical. However, not easy in that sense, cause it’s quite a “large” whisky. Even hints of peat coming through here. 

  80. Daan Tje scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  81. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Producer's Tasting Note:
    Nose: Resplendent aromas of cool, fresh pineapple and ripe mango
    sorbet come to life in this celebration of glacial character. Silvery
    shards of smoke give way to the frosty kick of root ginger.
    Palate: Like the Ice Giants themselves, the palate is powerful
    yet mellifluous. In true Highland Park style, the combination of an
    argent, misty peat smoke is intertwined with pearly iridescent vanilla
    seeds and overtones of molten orris root.
    Finish: Beautifully balanced, the creamy, rich, oily finish
    snowballs into long lingering woodiness and dry, feverish spices,
    providing a scintillating and harmonious whisky to savour.



  82. breste scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose: fruity, green apple, tropical fruits Taste: very soft and fruity in the taste, light sweetness, honey Finish: short finish, on the tongue remains a slightly sour note

    With water: nose becomes sweeter. Fruit and vanilla. The honey is more present. Very soft and short finish.

    Freya resembles, only much fruity.

  83. Finlaggan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/03/highland-park-ice-17yo-distillery.html

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