Highland Park 10-year-old - Rebus30

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
30th Anniversay of John Rebus
Stated Age
10 years old
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Apr 2017 8:12 pm by mds51

Average value

€ 59,58

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 10-year-old - Rebus30

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.12 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  I traded this bottle for an almost full Springbank 12-years old cask strength (edition 2018) that I did not like.  We will see if I like this one better...

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows fat tears with medium fast legs.  The nose shows a sweet malt-driven profile with some herbs and spices and a somewhat sweet&sour-winey spike (that I do not like but it is not annoying either).  There are some hints of sulphurous aromas in this nose, too.  The mouthfeel is warming and coating with a distracting drying feeling (cardboards, old papers).  The taste is very sweet on barley sugars and honey flavours with some over-ripe fruits, spices and the sweet&sour winey aromas again.  Not too complex, but easy to sip.  The finish is of medium length and quite drying with this unpleasant cardboardy feeling that dominates the aftertaste, too bad.  Water releases more of the sulphurous notes - so forget about it!

    Actually, the vatting composition is quite good but unfortunately they added some below-average casks that contributed an unpleasant drying cardboardyness.  And at least one of the sherry casks in this batch was sulphury...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    It is an exclusive Highland Park 10 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Rebus, one of crime fiction’s best loved creations by author Ian Rankin. But now it turns out to be a standard 10 with a fancy label.

  3. AdamsB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park 10yo REBUS 30 was released in June 2017. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first novel "Inspector Rebus" - Knots & Crosses. John Rebus is the work of the bestseller Ian Rankin and is now considered one of the greatest icons of modern detective story. Highland Park 10yo was released as a special edition and pays homage to an iconic detective who knows how to stand out from the crowd.
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits, Vanilla, Delicate Peat
    • Taste
      Citrus fruits, Vanilla, delicate Peat, Peppery spices
    • Finish
      Heather peat, Light smoke, Pepper

  4. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla, citrus fruits, peaches, honeydew, cookies
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fruit sirup, spices, hints of leather, subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, warm, a tad bitter

  6. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    An easy dram. Does not hurt, is not bad, but does not really skin from the stool.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The scent of a spring meadow, green apples, bright pears. A fine smoky note. Fresh wood shavings, heather, marjoram, cinnamon, honey, burned caramel.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry onset. Spicy with wood shavings. Fine smoke. No equivalent of the fruity-fresh aromas from the nose, here rather orange peels. Almond paste. Soft and creamy.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium to short, dry. Slices of orange, heather, grated hazelnuts and almonds.

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Limited, interesting, decent Orcadian Malt!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      Sweetness, malt, vanilla, fudge, herbs, light citrus aromas;
    • Taste
      pleasant sweet, creamy onset, peppery spiciness, minimal smoke, caramel, vanilla, buttery, oily;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; greasy and dry finish;

  8. avansele scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose: really subtile nose, typical highland park smoke comes trough very weakly. Lots of pineapple, kiwi and a hint of custard.

    Taste: again a lot of pineapple and a slightly peppery touch (jalapeno). Some coconut as well and lots of vanilla. Taste of roasted marshmellows and bananas in front of a campfire, although the smoke stays really in the background on this one. After having it in the mouth fir some time it becomes really waxy.

    Finish: Quite short with a bit of pepper again. The sharpess of the pepper contrasts wonderfull with the really mellow mouthfeel. A bit of nutmeg as well after a few seconds.

    Conslusion: For me this HP stays a little to "gentle". It's an easy drinking dram but for me it misses a bit the HP punch that I'm used to.

    Score 82/100

  9. Bravo1717 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Drochaid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Light and golden (average colour tint 10.8)FLAVOURSCitrus fruits | Vanilla | Peppery spices | Heather peat | Light smoke
    StoryThe Rebus novels have been translated into 36 languages and are much-loved, global bestsellers, so we were delighted to be invited to collaborate with Ian Rankin to celebrate this important anniversary of a great literary creation, with a very special edition of Highland Park. Our 10 Year Old single malt was selected as the perfect tribute to an iconic detective who, like our whisky, truly stands apart. REBUS30 10 Year Old celebrates strong and independent spirits who know their own mind… and, like that irascible rogue Rebus, aren’t afraid to speak it!

    “Best shared with friends or while enjoying a dark crime novel!”(Highland Park)


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