Single malt whisky - tasting notes

26 Apr 2013

Highland Park 10 Years

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted 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.



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