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Highland Park Voyage of the Raven

Overall rating
83.53/100
votes
152
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Strength
41.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0336Y L04
Barcode
5010314305437
Added on
18 Aug 2017 7:04 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 73,48

39 × in wishlist

152 × member ratings

620 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park Voyage of the Raven

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.53 points

  1. Hemdl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The big litter is missing - once more. I like the "Raven" better than the "Magnus", which completely disappointed me. But do you have to drink it? I do not think so. Of the newer NAS bottlings, the Valkyrie still promised me the most, the "Raven" settles somewhere in between.
    • Nose
      I repeat myself at all the newer Highland Park bottlings - in the nose they are all really neat. Sweet sherry, much stronger than the Magnus. Red fruits, a little spice. A few nuts with a little honey, quite a bit of light smoke in the background. After a few minutes in the glass, the sherry is a bit drier and the malt a little less sweet, the spice gains the upper hand.
    • Taste
      Sweetish fruity onset, a few fruit notes and red berries. These disappear relatively quickly behind a veritable wall of dry oak, spicy earthy notes and minimal smoke. Where just the sherry showed, now prevail herbs, tannins and dry soil. From time to time, the fruit flares still flash, but this has rarity value.
    • Finish
      Little wonder - it turns out rather short. What remains is a slightly dry mouthfeel and a slightly smoldering smoky note.

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Delicious NAS - obviously (only?) Matured in sherry casks - a little expensive - but delicious!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      a lot of sherry, sweetness, juicy dark cherries, raisins, fine smoke, then seasoning / oak;
    • Taste
      subtle, gentle onset, sherry, raisins, nuts, hazelnuts, creamy, caramel, some oak, little smoke; oily body;
    • Finish
      medium length, sherry, spices, nuts, some smoke;

  3. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. dramidaris scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. face scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Huiginn & Muninn

    ‘For our Viking Ancestors, the raven was a powerful symbol of victory in battle, success on a voyage and loyalty to the God, Odin’. Hello? This next NAS-expression to be concocted in the Highland Park labs? It does come in a beautiful box and distinctive bottle though. That may sound somewhat harsh, but I am no longer the HP fan that I used to be. Too many ‘marketing whisky’ to my taste. Hopefully this one is a good one. It is bottled at 41.3% which is somewhat surprising.

    I get sweet sherry, raisin pastry, hazelnuts, apple sauce, furniture polish and wet cardboard on the nose. The peat is very delicate – which is fine by me – the fruit of the red variety – which is fine by me – but the cardboard is very prominent – which is not fine by me.

    Nicely oily and surprisingly spicy on the palate. Think nutmeg, vanilla and ginger. The vanilla is even quite loud. Then the fruit – which works hand-in-glove with the peat smoke – turns somewhat dark. Blueberries, dried peach and a lot raisin. Midpalate, the oak does give it a bitter touch. Not bad, but not top either.

    The finish is medium long, a touch spicy and drying.

    Well, not bad, but I do expect a little more complexity from HP and this one lacks in that department. You will cough up 60 EUR for this (not me, though). And if you wonder what the hell the title is all about: it’s the two ravens (Though and Memory) that were the eyes and ears of Odin according to the Norse saga. Nuff said.

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but also not spectacular, and somewhat expensive.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good sherry whisky, unsweetened, with a deep and rich flavor, well balanced.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, soggy wood, new leather goods, sulfur notes, leaves, overgrown fruits, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, gunpowder, metal shavings, dark chocolate, sweet pastry shades - baklava, burnt caramel, nuts.
    • Taste
      Thick, rich, a lot of raisins, burnt rusks, prunes, strong lacquer shades, a little pepper, notes of stout, caramel, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy, sweet and sour, kvasnoe wort, cola, crust of rye bread.

  10. Falnor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad whisky, but the price ain't up for the weak body and finish
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

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