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Highland Park 21 Year Old

(70cl, 47.5%)

Highland Park 21 Year Old

Highland Park 21 Bottling Note

Many experts rate 21-year-old Highland Park as one of the best examples from this popular distillery. Originally created exclusively for global travel retail and duty free markets, this whisky was named Best Single Malt of the Year at the World Whisky Awards 2009. Released in October 2007, Highland Park 21 is a full-flavoured, powerful, sweet single malt with a rich smoky finish.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet sherry with a hint of balsamic, wrapped around a toffee centre.

Palate: Well-structured sweetness; aniseed balls and muscovado sugar with some smoke and apple crumble.

Finish: Spicy raisins with the aniseed lingering for a drawn out, exotic note.

Overall: A lovely dram that shows off the best elements of this very popular distillery.

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Highland Park 21 Year Old Reviews

Full bodied, flavourful sherry influence, with light peat as part of the backstory.

Simply amazing dram. Full bodied, flavourful sherry influence, with light peat as part of the backstory.

15th May 2017

Complex, well balanced, needs air

On opening, the dominant note was orange and dried fruit. Nice but not my favorite.

Half way through bottle, huge complexity develops. Mainly, more toffee, vanilla and butterscotch develop with air (amongst many other flavors). Well integrated, complex, could sit down with this for hours - except that it becomes very drinkable!

Side by side with HP18, I found the 18 to be more toffeed and the 21 to be more orange/dried fruit (all with a nice vegetal peaty back drop).

Might be worth splitting the bottle in half early on to hasten the oxidation (I recall the first third being disappointing for the price paid).

6th April 2017

Highland Park 21 yr old

One of my favorites!

9th October 2016

Sweet and allround

Tried this and the HP18. This one is clearly better; more well rounded with added complexity and depth.

Sweet, spice and with a wiff of smoke.

94/100

23rd April 2016

HP upholds their fantastic lineup!

Highland Park continues their great line-up with their 21 y.o. This very bold yet very balanced whisky is one of my favorite daily drinkers.

23rd August 2015

Not bad, not great

I tasted this next to the 18yo with a friend and both seemed to prefer the 18. It wasn't that this one was bad, just that it didn't bring anything to the table that would've justified the price difference.

30th July 2015

Magnificent, just magnificent

This is my favourite whisky ever, It has a fantastic nose,..toffee, cooked apple, molasses. The taste has more of the same with a gentle peat, some subtle mint and smoke. The aftertaste has more of it but a bit of tobacco.

It is just splendid.

Well worth the price

14th April 2015

Remarkable

I've always been a big Islay fan. Had many Highlands and others but always come back to that Islay peatiness...then having purchased a bottle of Bunnahabain Toiteach recently I decided to get a small 3cl sample of Highland Park 21. It was so spectacularly good that I ordered the full size bottle and at £120 I think I got a bargain! In fact I would say it was the finest whisky I've ever had.
Beautifully smooth and slightly sweet 'highlandy' flavour, off set by subtle but noticeable smoke/peat. It's the balance of the whole thing that is so special in my opinion.

28th August 2014

Not what i was expecting

Nope nope nope.

This is way worse than both the 18yr and the 30yr old HP.

Taste like a white board pen.

16th March 2014

In a word....exceptional

For me, this is the finest single malt I am yet to try. Strong, smoky and sweet, the balance is perfect. Has a strong powerful finish, full of caramel tones and a hint of raisins. Has to be tried!

5th December 2013

A Stunner

Note: I tasted the new 47.5%AbV version.
Where I am from, this sells for just under $300 a bottle. It's funny to talk about value when discussing $300 whisky but I can't help it. This is simply one of my favourite single malts of all time. Apples, pears, spearmint, and subtle sweet smoke on the nose are the first clue that this is serious stuff. On the palate there are similar notes with more heather and spices but it is the silky harmony of this whisky that turns our head. Plenty going on but nothing in particular dominates the others. A seamless whisky you could taste a dozen times and still find new reasons to love it. I found very little dilution suited this best. If you can even begin to rationalize it, bite the bullet and buy it.

23rd March 2013

not impressed

Had a glass of this next to a glass of HP 18 at a tasting event and the four people in my group all thought the 18 was overall a better experience. Maybe there are better batches? It's not that there was anything wrong or off about the 21 but the 18 just trounced it.

21st March 2013

Breath taking

Just had my taste of this wonderful liquid in a HP-tasting in Finland. Very interesting in every dimension, overall close to perfect. Superb in the HP 12-25YO range. This is my favourite whisky so far and can't wait to get my hands on a bottle of this awesomeness.

6th March 2013

really?

i picked this up duty free as a treat. kinda dull. Smokey and a little fruit. Very 2 dimensional. Maybe I got a dud bottle? I thought the 18 year old much more lively.

30th May 2012

Phenomenal

Had this last year in a miniature, was blown away by it, probably one of the best malts I've had full stop, glad to see HP have took this onboard and switched from 40% - 47.5% well done guys.

14th May 2012

Sensational !!!

Seems to be a real new release !! It is much better than the 40% Vol.version with less smoke but very powerful and not that sweet like the 25 year old. I had them both to compare.
Really great dram !!!!
George / Germany

12th May 2012

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