Highland Park Voyage of the Raven

Overall rating
83.46/100
votes
236
Whiskybase ID
WB99763
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

€ 131.43

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park Voyage of the Raven

40 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.46 points.

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose has an interesting profile of carbide followed by pahlava and assorted nuts with flowers.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is full-bodied and oily with notes of black raisins, dark chocolate, caramel and varnish nuances.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is spicy, sourish-sweet with touches of coca-cola, rye bread and asserted nuts with chocolate.

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  3. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 41.3%
    Aroma: Heather, cranberries, forest undergrowth, honey, leather, a light peat haze above. The smell is decent, it takes a little searching. (85b)
    Taste: Sweet, woody and chocolatey. Brazil nuts, citrus. Pleasant, rich on the tongue, oily. Long windy aftertaste. It acts stronger than at 41.3%. (88b)
    Points: 87/100
    Summary: Tasting of a sample from the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Moravka. Nice whisky, I enjoy it.

  4. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I'm generally put off by the ''Highland Park'' marketing gimmick, but let's put the over-the-top blah, blah, blah story about this NAS whisky aside and just rate the malt. I have to say that the disappointment is great. This distillery has always stood for high quality for me, but here you can tell that young casks, which were also not flawless, have flowed into a rather irrelevant mishmash. Not really bad, but a bit removed from a good single malt.
    • Nose
      The brittle rubber band immediately stings the nose, cherries, pencil shavings, red currants, a burnt match head introduces the light peat smoke, vanilla, a little iodine, a hint of rotten eggs wafts past in the background
    • Taste
      Pencil shavings, dry, woody and metallic, reconciling cream cherries, red currants again, floury apples, honey, heather, dried figs, charcoal, a little peat smoke, turns bitter, some liquorice
    • Finish
      Surprisingly rather short, a few pinpricks introduce the muddy finale, iodine, mealy apples, dark chocolate with dried cranberries, the rubber band again, bitterly burned, very little smoke, some vanilla appears with dry wood

  5. TimkoT scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  6. molpet scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A kind of middle of the road Highland Park bottling. It's not bad per say, but pales compared to the 18y or Sigurd. A good one to have, but not a "must have", if you know what I mean.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Yep, the HP smoke is there. The honey sweetness and heather as well.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Should have come with a higher ABV. All the flavors are too much toned down, unfortunately. Otherwise, very inoffensive, and gently constructed.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium.

  7. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    The whisky as such is not wrong or even bad at all. It just doesn't offer any significant added value in terms of taste. Other sherry aging HP's have much more to offer. Here it is quite flat on the nose, also given the low alcohol content.

    Also tastes watery and not full of aromas. Honey with Dark Fruits. Not spectacular, but just drinkable.

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Will_iam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very light leather, nuts, dried fruits, some wild berry jam, grasses, some lemon

      Here too: minimal smoke after the first sip
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, very slightly gum, lemon, a few nuts, very light smoke in the finish

  11. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Dark fruits and spices. In addition honey, oak and smoke as well as nuts and sherry ...
    Sweet fruits with spices and lots of dry oak with a good portion of tannins, herbs and earth. Some smoke ... Medium length and dry. Smoke and oak stay in the mouth.

  12. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A little bit of smoke, heather, sherry, fruity
    • Taste
      Very balanced, red fruits, sherry, liquorice, ginger, spicy
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy

      Highly recommended for the low alcohol content

  13. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad HP, but there are definitely better ones for the price.
    • Nose
      Roasted cereal some fruit (peach, apple). Tones of today. Vanilla and caramel are subtly present. Very little smoke.
    • Taste
      Toasted grain again. Nutty aroma and a little minty like chewing gum, grassy notes and spiciness of pepper and ginger come at the end. A minimal note of iodine and a little smoke lie above everything.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Dry and astringent. The smoke here is a bit like rubber on the palate.

  14. glen efze scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I bought the whisky because of the packaging, the Viking association, the raven. So Highland Park Marketing can be satisfied.
    The whisky itself disappoints. Unfortunately, it is not as dark and strong as the packaging.
    The aroma is quite ok with light smoke and oak, but the taste doesn't keep what the aroma promises. Little depth and complexity, weak finish. A NAS that is drinkable and looks good, that's all it is and not enough for Highland Park ...

  15. Malthead19 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    - a successful NAS whisky,
    - better than the 12 year old bottling (is fruity and sweeter),
    - disappointed mainly in the aroma (after the very pleasant aromatic nose there is unfortunately a very watered down, thin taste)
    - is rather a good "smelling whisky", think 5% more would do him very good
    - Originally much too expensive at around € 70 and shot over target, now at € 50 it is more realistic, but unfortunately still a bit too expensive for the quality shown
    - cool bottle and optics (must also be mentioned) ;-)
    • Nose
      sweet dark fruits, sherry, marzipan, subtle smoke in the background
    • Taste
      sweet, gentle, fruity appearance, slightly smoky, but more than expected in the nose, uncomplicated and pleasant, unfortunately loses volume and taste at the end and is quickly gone, unfortunately a bit "watered down"
    • Finish
      short sweet finish;
      medium long fruity aftertaste

  16. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Clear gentle wet wood with carbide, pahlava, nuts, fresh bakery and burnt flowers.

    RATING: 85pts - [n22,t21,f21,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  17. Markie81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Subtle sherry whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
      The sweet sherry is subtly present, with raisins, spicy and oak, honey, in the background vanilla. I cannot discover the smokiness of Highland Park.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity and slightly spicy, red berries, dark chocolate, oak, honey.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The medium finish is still slightly smoky with oak.

  19. 2ndSip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful creamy-oily, spicy and sweet sherry HP - very tasty and tasty.
    • Nose
      86 86
      clear sherry notes, sweetness and caramel, dried fruit: plum / raisin. Red fruits, ripe berries. Nutty, in the direction of walnut / hazelnut (somewhat oily). Milk chocolate. In the background the HP typical heather (but very subtle). Sherry gains more volume over time, overall nice & pleasant notes!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spice builds up, but not as extreme, but remains on the tongue for a long time. Sweet, honey caramel. Warming! Nutty aroma: slightly oily, creamy taste (very pleasant). Dried red fruits.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Spicy, oak a little in the mouth, but not too strong (is harmonious). Medium-long-lasting finish. Getting dry. Sherry note stays relatively long. Becomes coffee-tart at the back - but remains harmonious and pleasant. The nut taste remains for a long time.

  20. Kachnak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  21. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Marmeladig-fruity (so between cherry / red currants & dark berries), sweetish-spicy, a bit earthy, gaaanz mild smoke. Quite tasty-tasty, but 55 € are hard on the border.

  22. schengel10 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Delicious NAS - obviously (only?) Matured in sherry barrels - a bit expensive - but tasty and also slightly better than the 12 year old!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      a lot of sherry, sweetness, juicy dark cherries, raisins, fine smoke, then seasoning / oak;
    • Taste
      subtle, gentle approach, sherry, raisins, nuts, hazelnuts, creamy, caramel, some oak, little smoke; oily body;
    • Finish
      medium length, sherry, spices, nuts, some smoke;

  23. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  24. dramidaris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  25. face scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  26. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. coldsun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smooth and delicious drink. It is opened differently from time to time (depending on mood :) ). Very nice mix of Highlang character, Speyside flavors and spices and aromatic peat smoke.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Black cherries, vanilla, flowers, ginger, light smoke and sherry. Flavor differs a little from time to time.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Little bit spicy. Notes of nutmeg, vanilla, sherry, fruits. Aromatic peat smoke is also presented a little.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Warming, stable. Has elements of spices, vanilla and sherry. Little bit nutty.

  32. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruits, old leather, light peated smoke, stewed apples, furniture polish notes on nose.

    Sweet fruits, pears, light and delicate peated smoke, cream, spices, vanilla ice-cream notes on palate.

    Spices, light and delicate peated smoke, pears, oak cask, vanilla ice-cream notes on middle finish.

  33. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Very nice nose, a bit too dry on the finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  34. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    A sample from ronnholt as a blind challenge.

    Soon reached for the HP12 to compare.

    Lots of similarities, but this is sweeter on the nose and much drier on the finish.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, quite a bit of sherry.

      Realy nice sherry actually.

      Caramel and chocolate.

      Hint of citrus and a little smoke.
    • Taste
      Starts off with dark sweet fruits.

      Expected it to be more citric, but barely noticable.

      Turns rather quickly oaky and dry.
    • Finish
      About medium lenght.

      Cold smoke and tannic dry oak.

  35. horstpedia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    11.04.2018 DrankDozijn.nl € 57.50

  36. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    He lacks the body to rightfully call himself "rich & dark". A beautiful summer whisky he is always
    • Nose
      strong fruit: juicy orange, pickled pineapple and mango, with red grapes. Waxy. Hardly any smoke (similar to Springbank), a bit mineral. Dry spicy earth.
    • Taste
      fruity dry. Again the pineapple, sparkling sweet and sour. Herbe garden herbs (thyme and oregano) share the main role with earthy spice and some salt. Again very restrained smoke. Slightly watery in the mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Dries up strongly towards the end. Little heather, lots of fruit and a short finish

  37. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      77 77

  38. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty promising on the nose - unfortunately there is not much left on the palate after the punchy start - too bad
    • Nose
      Dry hay, honeydew, fine leather notes, little citric, hints of dried fruits, whiffs of smoke - not bad
    • Taste
      Punchy, oaky, only little fruitiness
    • Finish
      Short - it's gone pretty quickly - just some oaky bitterness remains

  39. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  40. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  41. zerg1129 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Gentle honey, floral, malt, slightly smoky, with tobacco odor, spice
    • Taste
      Soft malt, nuts, woody tannins, oily sensations, spice, smoke, berry sweet
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, warm spiced citrus fruit, caramel, smoky wood, herb bitter

  42. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose is the best part. Taste is well too, especially the smoky / fruity line, but still young ... 83/84.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry, red fruits, walnut, honey and caramel. Touch of spices and smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, fruity start, then spices, tannic oak and smoke.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, dry, smoky.

  43. 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.

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