Overall rating
80.18/100
votes
75
Whiskybase ID
WB92243
Category
Blend
Bottler
Highland Queen Scotch Whisky (HQSW)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
3328640121952
Added on
01 feb 2017 4:57 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 15.46

4 × in wishlist

75 × member ratings

116 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Highland Queen Sherry Cask Finish HQSW

17 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.18 points.

  1. KrolikMorski scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. thebonewolf scored this whisky 42 points Expert Senior

    This is rather uninteresting to me as a fan of smoke and other strong flavors. Nothing was outright offensive, but it remained far from appealing. Unfortunately, other than getting the notes for this review, I wasn't compelled to have any more. Not an immediate drain pour or anything, but a good chance it gets poured down the drain after being left out unfinished. If it’s cheap enough in the markets where it’s available, it’s probably ok to use in cocktails, it could even be an asset there if a whisky with a sweeter profile is desired. The lingering bit on the finish saves it a bit as it’s more pleasant than the rest of the dram.
    • Nose
      27 27
      Sweetness like a cheap wine (not a $10 bottle, like Nighttrain or Thunderbird). You can detect a bit of raisin in there. It does not really invite you back to nose it again, and if it did you might decline.
    • Taste
      48 48
      Red fruit medicinal syrup mixed with a bit of wine and whisky. Vague honey that’s a bit off, like if you tried honey and it wasn’t the kind you like.
    • Finish
      50 50
      Similar, short. A bit of malty/nuttiness lingers and resurges a bit longer and it’s not too bad.

  3. yfalkov scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    It is pretty stingy, with hints of brandy in the nose and palate, but for its price category - one of the best cheap blends
    • Nose
      caramel, honey, brandy
    • Taste
      fruit cake, candy
    • Finish
      short, spicy, woody

  4. _kozzy_ scored this whisky 64 points Member Senior

    I do not recommend drinking it in its pure form
    As part of the cocktail, you can still endure him.

    But if you are just thinking about buying, then it's better to choose something else right away))))
    • Nose
      60 60
      When you open the bottle and sniff the whiskey from the neck, you smell the cheap sherry pellmell with port's tone

      From glinkern the whisky's smell is terrifying. Aeration does not help this whisky. It smells of plastic and cat estrus. There is no desire to sniff this whisky
    • Taste
      66 66
      It tastes like plastic and old musty wine.
    • Finish
      66 66
      The aftertaste is the same like the taste and very short

  5. keba9591 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  7. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  8. Jaydee scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Excellent value for money.

  9. mer1973 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. Defeatless scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Clear sherry nose, quite some leather and a tad shoe polish. A good nose! There are some red fruits and some chocolate in here too.

    Taste:
    A bit sweet and sour, but quickly the sherry influence takes over. It almost tastes like if the butts were not empty..... But the chocolate, leather and shoe polish are in here.

    Body:
    There is the first downside, it's quite weak.

    Finish:
    Short length. It crashes a bit. There is a tad tannic and wood note. A hint of sherry but it falls apart

    Price:
    A must buy. This one is around €16,- a bottle and has a brilliant price-quality ratio

    Presentation:
    Sober, decent.

    Comments:
    Very refreshing blend. Not 90 points, but an excellent price-quality! There are quite some SM which cost more, and taste less.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      78 78

  11. Markie81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. DavidH. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very sweet and likeable nose, like these dark fruit syrops you had to mix with water when you were a kid. 

    Wood get's more dominant in the finish. 

    But, for €15... it's a bargain, definitely worth a shot.                
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  13. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Had this dram first during a blind taste event (Proef Olympics Ledendag 2) as the 4th dram (after the welcome dram), and later on re-evaluated a bit i had left in the sample bottle.

    Well, this one was really the surprise of the day, when we were told what we tasted as sample 4. good quality whisky doesn't have to be expensive at all!

    well rounded sherry cask whisky, with all the smells and tastes you would suspect: dark and light chocolate, nuts, raisins, red fruits, slight hint of leather and perhaps a hint of tabacco? 

    In the taste somewhat more tutti frutti (dried fruits) and chocolate raisins and some dry oakiness

    finish is medium long and quite round with quite some raisins staying behind.

    it feels fuller than the 40%avb it has, showing that this one quite some body!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. gerardvw scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  16. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasted. When the bottle and price were announced, this blend was crowned with the surprise of the day.
    • Nose
      Blackberries, raspberry, chocolate, orange, grapefruit and raisins.
    • Taste
      Candied fruit, grapefruit, hints of chocolate, raisins, fruitcake, dried fruit and licorice.
    • Finish
      Medium, candied fruit, liquorice, grapefruit and fruitcake.

  17. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is really a very surprising whiskey. A blend of about 16 euros and 40%, you do not expect much. But surprisingly a lot of smell and taste, actually no watery mouthfeel; this whiskey can really go along with the cheaper segment sherried single malts, but that will cost about twice as much ...
    • Nose
      Clear sherry influence, red fruit, leather, raisins, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Chocolate clear, red fruit, raisins, quite full for a 40% Abv, soft
    • Finish
      Lightly tingling now, chocloade, red fruit. Mid-length.

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