Highland Park 21
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.
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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.
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
In a word....exceptional
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
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
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
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.