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Highland Park 2002

Overall rating
88.05/100
votes
23
Whiskybase ID
WB88439
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Series
Vintage
2002
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
1st Fill European Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
6367
Number of bottles
306
Strength
59.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Clubs of Finland SMWS & VYS
Added on
28 Oct 2016 12:13 pm by TKF
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.00

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 2002

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.05 points

  1. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I now understand the enthusiasm of my Finnish friend about this whisky, this is easily the best Highland Park I ever tasted. The past few years I have lost my interest in Highland Park a little as they seem to concentrate on highly priced and highly marketed whisky instead of the quality of the product itself. But with this expression that came around for me, they still do poses the skill to produce a great quality whisky that'll please the whisky enthusiasts/aficionados/snobs/etc! This whisky needs some time to fully open up and reveal to more delicate flavours. Although this is "only" 13 years old it has a much older feel to it. The cask must have been quite active. Yes this is a powerhouse of a whisky yet it has a great balance and a surprising elegance. The depth of flavours is superb and I can happily sit with this for hours and discover new sides of this dram every time.
    All in all a mesmerizing and highly engaging Highland Park.
    • Nose
      A rich, full, powerful yet balanced and elegant whisky with aromas of lush & powerful sherry, dried fruits (plums, dates, figs, raisins, apricots), ripe berries (bramble, elderberries, blue berries), leather, sweet pipe tobacco, rosewood, mahogany, polished antique oak, damp cellar, earthy tones, spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, black pepper), furniture polish, beeswax, old books, strong black tea, cocoa powder, floral tones (dried flowers), heather honey, dark caramel, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, nectarines, backed apple, grapefruit marmalade and rich spice oak.
    • Taste
      A powerful, rich, spicy and complex whisky with aromas of powerful sherry, pepper, chili, subtle peat smoke, mahogany, tannins, rosewood, Lapsang souchong tea, dried fruits (plums, figs, raisins, dates, apricots), overripe peach, plum marmalade, subtle hint of sulphur, earthy tones, mineral tones (flint, chalk), floral tones, berries (bramble, elderberries, cranberries), damp cellar, spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, candied ginger, allspice), walnuts, roasted hazelnuts, treacle, burned caramel, toffee, malt (ovaltine), bitter dark chocolate, grapefruit peels, dark forest honey, wax, new leather, cigar boxes, sweet tobacco and rich deep spice oak. 
    • Finish
      A long, rich and drying finish with aromas of tannins, baking spices, dark honey, tobacco, leather, precious woods, bitter chocolate, lot’s of dried fruits and long lasting antique oak.

  2. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice dram, full-bodied and "very-sherry". The best tastes on its full strength, diluting simplifies the character. This expression isn't anything causing wow-effect (as you can expect from the asking price) but rather a solid single-cask release, which is above the average.
    • Nose
      Sweet, berries (currants, raspberries), hint of smoke, air balloon, light oak, some plastic notes
    • Taste
      Very sweet, slightly spicy (peppers, "winter" spices), caramel, fruits (plums, oranges), a bit oaky
    • Finish
      Long, warm, caramelly, oaky, nutty

  3. DrunkenHearted scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Sold for £430 in auction 2.4.2017.

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    While certainly better than for example the OB 18yo, I feel it lacks some depth. There's good quality sherry without that tacked-on feeling of finishes, and remarkable peatiness can be found with a liberal amount of water, but the whole seems to only go to the doorstep of magnificence and no further. If the distillate was ready to do some more work it could have been an easy 90 but the only difference to current non-limited release HP:s seems to be the amount of cask influence. 

    On trying it again I begin to understand the people who like it, because it does have a very appealing nose and the entry is impressively elegant, but regardless of whether I keep it neat or what amount of water I add, the finish just does not develop properly. Were that part longer with more staying power, it would be excellent, but as it is 87 seems fair. No match for example for Hjärta (88) HP 25 2012 (91) or HP 25 2006 (92). I would not pay the jacked up auction prices for these casks or their sisters.

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