Single malt whisky - tasting notes

26 Apr 2013

Highland Park 10 Years

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Highland Park

Highland Park recently launched a 10 years old expression, available in Holland. It’s an entry whisky in many respects: younger, with a low ABV, even the bottle is sized down, containing only 35 cl.

While I usually don’t like 40% strength, I tend to applaud the smaller bottle as it allows you to have a quicker turnover in your collection and try more whiskies for a similar budget.

 

Highland Park 10 yearsHighland Park 10 yo
(40%, OB 2013, 35 cl.)

Nose: both surprisingly fruity and surprisingly peaty. An expressive combo certainly at this strength. Typical aromas of heather and light sea breeze. Oranges, apples and nice peaches. A little wax. Mouth: a bit soft but quite bright. The coastal notes stand out first, then followed by apple / pear / almond. Soft bitter herbs, faint ginger and zesty grapefruit. A little salt as well. Finish: again really soft, weak even. Oily with traces of almond sweetness and leafy notes.

Probably meant as a beginner’s dram and it’s pretty good at that, introducing the typical flavours in a slightly softer way. Better than expected, I must say. Around € 20 (remember it’s only a half bottle).

Score: 82/100

Highland Park 10 Years 3 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-26
  • Jason Debly

    I have to say I am quite disappointed with this release. Until now, Highland Park have always delivered great whisky products. This is a really weak effort that does not enhance the great reputation of this distillery.

Categories

Calendar

April 2014
M T W T F S S
« Mar    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930  

  • pb: This had some very conflicting tastes. Without ice, I found it almost unbearable (maybe my palate isn't ready for 60% ABV)...but, without ice, there
  • pb: I managed to get my hands on this in the US---it's hardly available here. Easy drinking----hints of sweet caramel, coconut and vanilla. Really opens
  • Tabrulavubeg: The post is more than 3 years old. But I got to buy a bottle of Old Bothwell Cask 2039 today to find that this also was a bottling from the same cask!

Coming up

  • Littlemill 1992 (Whisky Mercenary)
  • Strathisla 8 Years Old (1970s)
  • Glen Grant 1992 (Old Particular)
  • Auchentoshan 15yo (Kintra)
  • Lagavulin 1997 Distillers Edition
  • Johnnie Walker 18yo Platinum Label
  • Ben Nevis 1997 (Maltbarn)
  • Karuizawa 45 Year Old (cask #2925)
  • Glengoyne 1999 (Palo Cortado)

1500 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.