Highland Park Fire Edition

Overall rating
83.84/100
votes
284
Whiskybase ID
WB88712
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Refill Port-Seasoned Casks
Number of bottles
28000
Strength
45.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010314303211
Added on
03 nov 2016 11:21 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 282.01

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Fire Edition

47 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.84 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 78 points Photo Moderator

    Starts pretty OK, but the finish is a bit odd - I liked the HP Ice much better
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh wineish attack, green fruits, apples, pears, grapes, limes, whiffs of glue - pretty OK
    • Taste
      79 79
      Little punchy, fruity, subtle sweetness, also some sourness, white wine, hints of cork, books
    • Finish
      73 73
      Medium short, warm, a little bit of old wine casks and old socks

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  3. Artus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. grinface scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Drinkable, but quite spicy and oaky. Some apricots. Will not be my favourite HP. ;-)

  5. GlasMost scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I had this malt the first time in 2016 when it came out.
    Big dissapointment then. I gave 83 points.

    Just had a dram yesterday in an high end tasting.
    After these years a bit better than I had memorized. Due to the deceasing cask quality nowadays and still exploding whisky prices it improved in its malthabitat.
    84 points now. Still not a great HP with a ridiculous price tag. The old 18 is way better at 1/3 of the price.

  6. ailean scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  7. Maltimizer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    All in all a good whisky, but easily 100-150 € too expensive!
    • Nose
      88 88
      red fruits - slightly tart, dark caramel, walnuts, wet forest floor, cherries and port
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft and quite mild, further slightly tart red fruits and dark caramel, dark chocolate, pink pepper and subtle oak spice
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, more bitter chocolate, red fruits move into the background, oak becomes clearer, subtle campfire smoke

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. robbert88 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    For the price this is really disappointing .....

  10. yfalkov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Port, leather, dried fruits (dried plums), toffee, spices
    • Taste
      Sweet, dried plums, leather, spicy
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet, spicy

  11. thebonewolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Man I really liked this one. I was not expecting more flavor from it relative to the Ice given the ABV disparity, but darnit this delived some specific nice flavors where the Ice gave more general ones. Nice work those port-seasoned casks did on this.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Red wine, spice, saltwater taffy (unflavored), maybe a bit of banana.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruit, bit of smoke, chocolate, sweet burnt meat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Chocolate with jelly filling, spice, oakish.

  12. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Odinson scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  15. dramidaris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a pleasing malt
    for me it is OK but not a candidate to buy
    the red fruits clearly shape the image of this malt
    • Nose
      starts thin, red fruit and becomes less, sweet, earthy note, walnuts, blackberry, dark sugar, light cherry, light gum, minimal smoke
      later pure fruit and peanuts
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      red fruit, a bit of smoke, so campfire, again wild berries and dark sugar, dark chocolate, dark caramel, light raisins
      later oak and dark almost burnt ham
    • Finish
      medium long
      red fruit again, dark chocolate, tart
      later oak, even more bitter and more chocolate

  17. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Whiskybilly scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The whisky will still be in stores in 20 years. It stands on the shelves like lead. Why did I buy a bottle and open it? Probably to recognize that even very good distilleries can fill very bad whisky and sell it to customers as a special bottling. Too bad HP ...

  19. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  20. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N- Intriguing antiseptic open up to heavily roasted malt, warm rice smoke and preserve ref fruits of strawberry jam. Caramel sweetness developed to custard like consistency. (87/21)

    P- Sea notes that swims with orange peel, earthiness of raw peat instead of smoke on palate. Get quite oily with oak unleash the layer of fruitiness and spices. (86/20)

    F- Medlium-long, delicate with lemony coat, lightly charred ashy notes, with berries on retro-breath. (87/21)

    B/B- 87/21. Lack gripping element for that bit of oomph.

    Weighted Rate- 83pt

    Cr-2, Fr-3, Fl-1, Pt-1, Ft-3, Sp-0, Wd-2, Wn-3, Sc-1
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Intriguing antiseptic open up to heavily roasted malt, warm rice smoke and preserve ref fruits of strawberry jam. Caramel sweetness developed to custard like consistency. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Sea notes that swims with orange peel, earthiness of raw peat instead of smoke on palate. Get quite oily with oak unleash the layer of fruitiness and spices. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, delicate with lemony coat, lightly charred ashy notes, with berries on retro-breath. (87/21)

      B/B- 87/21. Lack gripping element for that bit of oomph.

      Weighted Rate- 83pt

      Cr-2, Fr-3, Fl-1, Pt-1, Ft-3, Sp-0, Wd-2, Wn-3, Sc-1
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  21. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good whisky from HP, but priced completely covered. Compared to the HP 17 ICE, which offers for the extremely high price at least one outstanding flavor development of a Bourbon cask storage, one seeks this special note here at the FIRE in vain.
    • Nose
      87 87
      typical HP spiciness, "rolled up" in a light hint of fruit flavors, very subtle, hardly any oak (I was a bit surprised "
    • Taste
      86 86
      - first slightly fruity onset, then rapid development of a very dominant spicy note that lasts very long, heather,
      -slightly salty
      - light smoke, slightly bitter note
      - licorice
      - here is the Portweinnote discreet pronounced
    • Finish
      87 87
      - mid-length fruity-spicy finish
      - long dry bitter aftertaste

  22. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Extremely expensive, not really limited, not as good as the 18 year old - but - a very good, very good Highland Park!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      Plums, prunes, spices, heather, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      first sweet, fruity (plums, even oranges), vanilla, fine smoke aromas, some coffee, spices, seasoning, oak;
    • Finish
      medium to long, some smoke, aftertaste much oak, pepper;

  23. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Whiskybilly scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Worst Highland Park which I ever had in my glass. Very disappointing!

  25. Thorleifs scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    Jesus christ, what did they do?
    I tasted this at a fair in Gothenburg and all I felt was. What the heck is this? To me it isnt HP....

  26. Islaywolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  27. LordIslay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  28. Eichi scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    There is coffee and smoke, toffee and wood. All embeded in a growing dryness on the palate. In the aftertaste the sweetness grows. Toffe, shortbread and some spices with clove, pepper and dark roast coffee. Quite balanced but not a dram to remember for long.

  29. OKoster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This Highland Park Fire Edition revolves around dark fruits and warm smoke. "A vegetal, malty, and slightly smoky nose with herbal honey starts you off. This continues with floral notes, cinnamon bark, caramel fudge, and also fruity aromas of cooked red berries. The palate is warm, elegant and well balanced, showing an oily, smooth texture where the smoky profile never overpowers the more subtle aromas of cinnamon rolls, sweet spices, citrus, and summer berries. That's a big "hell yeah" for this dram, and if the flames of Hell taste anywhere near this dram, you should be queuing to book a space! A beautiful port-matured whisky."
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      95 95

  30. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Description The Highland Park Fire 15 years old is the successor of the Highland Park Ice and the second and last bottling in this series. A 15 year old Orkney single malt matured in refill port-seasoned casks and bottled in 2016 at 45.2%, non chill filtered and without adding dyes. A limited release of 28,000 bottles

  31. rpvdwel scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. EJS scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      73 73

  34. Hvdree scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  35. frontalex scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Tasted at Helgi's, Harbour Road in Kirkwall.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Ice is more refined, but I still enjoyed this port.

    Bought the Ice, but would I buy this at the same price? Doubtfull.
    • Nose
      Quite fruity, rasberries and edging on blackcurrents.

      Fragrant floral port wine that I find pleasing.
    • Taste
      Rich and sweet. Wine gum. A little spicy, maybe cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Rather long and sweet, with nutty fudge.

  38. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity and creamy nose (rich/ripe berries), but with something a bit synthetic and plastic-like lurking in the background. Not a lot of the wonderful heather/honey peat I normally associate with this distillery. Fairly bland on the palate, again with a synthetic edge that detracts from the fruity profile. Relatively spicy, but short finish. Nothing special then, although certainly not poor, and certainly not worth the crazy prices being charged. Marketing and promotion seem to take precedence over the quality of the actual whisky. 

  40. rb854 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I think it's a good whisky, but if it's worth the price? Well, I wouldn't pay it, but that is just my thought.
    • Nose
      Quite a full nose. Red fruits, some grapefruit, hay, vanilla and toffee, some caramel and almonds. After a while there is some smoke in the background hidden behind a layer of berries, apples and citrus 
    • Taste
      Smooth and mild, sweet, honey. At first the smoke is more present then in the nose, some peat, chocolate, coffee and red fruits
    • Finish
      Medium length, woody notes, chocolate, coffee, citrus and a fresh note of mint. Sligthly drying

  41. fileosoph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A pretty bad offering, even for a port-flavored whisky, which to me has always been a bit weird, unnecessarily sweet, and for this one, very rough and slightly uneven. Probably will be hesitant to drink it again.

  43. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Another one of these hyper-stylish new whisky releases designed for distracting the customer from the quality of its content.  And they did it for a good reason as the whisky inside is average quality at best. The nose is quite one-dimensional mainly on toffee.  The arrival in the mouth is weakish and unimpressive (not mouth-coating at all).  On the palate another unbalanced flavour spike, this time on roasted mocca beans as you get in some coffee shops as a side snack on iced coffees (very strange, never had this in a whisky before).  Interesting taste, but again very simple.  And the finish is unbelievable ... short, after 10 seconds it is gone completely.  All in all a rather weakish release, only to remember for this strange mocca beans taste...

    If you bought this as an investment be cautious:  My best guess is drinkers will not pay more than 40-60 Euros for it once the current whisky bubble bursted...

    PS:  Do not get me wrong - if you like this and you are willing to pay more than 225 Euros to enjoy this dram this is absolutely okay.  But if all the really delicious whiskies stocked in private collections all over the world flood the market (in a bubble burst, as happened with the new economy dotcom-shares in 2000) the prices will adjust to pre-boom levels...
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  44. Paulski88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, but is it worth it? Nice sweetie. Tropical fruits.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The warming smoke and dark fruits of the Fire are just a lot of fun.
    • Nose
      Hmm, a bit peculiar. Not bad, just... different. Moss, compost and slightly metallic at first. There's some oranges and plums here too, as well as raspberries and blackcurrants. A whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      Charcoal and warming smoke (really great!), combined with dark fruits. Blackberries and bitter oranges. Some cinnamon too. The flavours are actually a lot darker than the color lets on.
    • Finish
      Cherry jam and lingering smoke. Long.

  47. mr.p9 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    waste of money.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      75 75

  48. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The influence of the port is incredible. Sweet, grapes, a hint of vinegar in the nose, a lot of spices, even some pepper, malty. Finish could be longer.
    I liked the Ice much better. I even like the standard 15 yo better - so ... nice HP but not my favorite
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  49. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The world disappeared into a brightly glowing ball of fire, and from the ashes new earth rose" The Netherlands will have 2500 bottles available. http://www.whiskypassion.nl/733-highland-park-stookt-het-vuur-op-met-limited-edition-whisky
    • Nose
      A pronounced, intense aroma of red fruit and vanilla complements the fiery sweetness of cinnamon sticks and the soothing fullness of dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Slightly smoky with a hint of dried lemon zest and a moderate vanilla flavor. Stunning herbs and sharp plums seduce the taste buds.
    • Finish
      Beautifully balanced. The permanently sweet aftertaste crystallizes into a fresh fruity spiciness.

  50. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's a pity that this malt probably has little chance of a fair assessment due to the "Love it or hate it" attitude of the whisky community or will always be measured by the price or the hype. In my eyes, despite minor criticisms (at a high level) a really beautiful Highland Park, which leaves the Ice clearly behind.
    Anyway, I like it right away and I'll definitely get another bottle.
    • Nose
      Sweetish-fruity nose, the smoke initially not really noticeable. Like at first right really good, a slightly berry sweetness is spreading. Raspberries (?), With some toffee and honey. Only after some time do you get more aromas, some oak and something that reminds me of chalk. Behind it, grassy notes and now increasingly clear, a bit of smoke. The typical character of Highland Park fights as the front, the fruit notes and red berries recede into the background.
      Pleasant nose, I immediately like something better than the "Ice". Probably due to the port barrels a bit more varied, even if the fruit notes here significantly reduce over time.
    • Taste
      Oha - that comes unexpectedly. At first, slight disappointment spreads for a few seconds. Where are the port barrels and the fire? Citrus fruits, clear smoke with hints of cold ash, some oak, very mild. But then the malt opens suddenly, now looks like a substitute. The red fruits emerge, it becomes fruity and sweet. The smoke - now ubiquitous in the background - pleasantly repaints the fruity notes, which now tend towards blackberries. A hint of pepper comes along and adds some pep, even if it's far from the fire the name implies.
      After a short start-up time, the Fire really knows how to convince. I really like it here.
    • Finish
      The medium-long finish is carried by the above-described pepper note and spicy oak, coupled with clear smoke. The latter settles clearly on the tongue, the oral cavity remains slightly dry. The departure leaves me a bit undecided. Not because it's bad, but because Fire seems a bit undecided here. Neither mild-elegant, nor fiery-strong. Hard to say what I would have preferred here.

  51. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Serge (Whisyfun.com)

    Highland Park 15 yo ‘Fire Edition’ (45.2%, OB, 2016)
    No we shan’t comment on the packaging, even when tortured. This baby’s
    been matured in ‘refill Port wine seasoned casks’, which might be better
    news than if that had been ‘Port wine seasoned refill casks’ or even
    ‘seasoned refill Port wine casks’. No? Colour: gold, not reddish. Nose: I
    find it rather brutal and vegetal at first nosing, with pumpkins and
    beetroots, and certainly some blackcurrant leaves, moss, fern… Also
    whiffs of peonies (might be the Port) and a mineral/smoky side. Coal
    smoke, old stove, then a little menthol… It’s certainly quite coastal,
    but then again, the city of Oporto almost lies on the Atlantic coast,
    doesn’t it. Mouth: I like the palate rather better, which isn’t common.
    It’s smoky whisky, it’s got notes of jelly babies and raspberry jam, and
    both do tango (which isn’t very common either in my experience). It’s
    got a ‘smoky Port’ side, and to my utter amazement, that works. In the
    background, quite a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as blood oranges
    that just lift it. Finish: rather long, still on smoked and spiced
    raspberries. Comments: I’d have never thought this would work – but then
    again, they know what they’re doing. I liked the ‘Ice Edition’ just a
    little better (WF 88). Oh and by the way, nice bud vase! Alternatively,
    if you ever prepare homemade ketchup... SGP:653 - 87 points.

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

    Fire Realm: The new Highland Park expression recalls an apocalyptic battle between giants and gods

    The whisky, matured exclusively in refill Port-seasoned casks, celebrates the Fire Giants of Viking mythology, and the destruction and subsequent rebirth of the Earth.It completes a two-part series of bottlings referencing Viking myths and legends, following the release earlier this year of Highland Park Ice Edition, a 17-year-old single malt.About 28,000 bottles of Fire Edition will be available from mid- to late November, priced at £190 and bottled at 45.2% abv. The international roll-out will continue in December and into 2017.‘Maturing our distinctive whisky in 100% refill Port wine seasoned casks is a first for Highland Park and the result is a vibrant 15-year-old single malt,’ said Jason Craig, Highland Park brand director.‘Fire Edition has a slight reddish hue (which is its natural colour), intense aromas of ruby-red fruits, light smoke and a long, lingering finish. However, it is still, unmistakably, Highland Park.’The whisky’s distinctive packaging – similar to that used for Ice – includes a red bottle designed to represent the ‘fierce and molten’ world of the Fire Giants, and a black wooden cradle.An accompanying booklet recounts the story of the giants’ epic battle against the gods to rule the world – which culminated in its destruction and rebirth. Also included is a watercolour by Scottish artist Andy Bowman.

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