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Highland Park 10 Year Old - Viking Scars

(70cl, 40%)

Highland Park 10 Year Old - Viking Scars

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Highland Park 10yo Bottling Note

10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Highland Park distillery on Orkney, presented in the heavily-Viking-inspired livery that was launched in 2017. This expression is normally found on mainland Europe, but it seems that some bottles have landed on our shores (presumably on some sort of longboat, considering all the Viking imagery connected to it).

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Subtle Sherry influence, but balanced by heather-y smoke.

Palate: Ginger and waxy orange peel. Earthy peat with a another hint of Sherry sweetness buried underneath.

Finish: Sea salt and heather once again. A few herbaceous hints of coriander leaf and crushed black pepper.

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Highland Park 10 Year Old - Viking Scars Reviews

Surprising!

I bought two bottles on offer recently. This and a new bottle of Tali 10 as it has been a favourite. I’d take this over it any day now the new TAli has dropped heavily in value and the colour is comically dark compared to previous bottles.

This has all the burnt match notes with a lovely bit of Sherry sweetness.

If you see it on offer in the shops for ~£25 it’s a great buy. Good if you have people coming who like whisky and you don’t want them supping all your best bottles but still giving them a nice drop

20th November 2021

Very good.

Had a bottle for my Birthday. I drink a wide range of Whiskies in this price range and age profile and I have to say that on first impressions this is one of the best. Love the smell, love the taste. As others have said it may be better if you let it rest or add a tiny few drops of water. Tastes and smells like it says on the box. Very drinkable.

15th November 2021

This is a good drinking whisky rather than a pretentious sipper

Surprised at the poor reviews. Mixes well with ginger ale, which I rarely use. I usually go for Balvenie Doublewood or Caribbean cask with a dash of water but got some of this on offer and thought to give it a try and glad I did. Not generally a fan of Highland Park, considering it to be one of the cruder, less expensive brands, akin to Bells etc' the 10 year old Viking Scars proved to be a pleasant, and far superior, product. Going to grab a case while the price is right.
In my opinion it is a good, general purpose drinking whisky. Smooth and satisfying.

12th November 2021

Very disappointing I'm sorry to say.

First impressions: (and I've not even let the bottle warm up)
Overwhelming rubber bands. There's a half-decent palate in there somewhere I hope because this is a HP after all. Not much nose either.
Three hours later the bottle is room temperature. Less rubber band but I seriously wonder now if I have a bad batch here. It's not peppery, it's harsh, rough and bitter.
Not at all what I've come to expect from HP and I've enjoyed most!
Honestly I think I'll be leaving this bottle in the back of the cupboard. Sorry HP, this is a poor one.

2nd November 2021

Pretty good

At £25 it's a decent drop. A bit Talisker like, but not as good. A little too much on the sherry sweet side, but does have salt and smoke. Not as integrated a taste hit as Talisker. I'd go £5 more for Talisker on offer. Nice enough though.

17th October 2021

Not as good as the 12 year old

Bit rough at the edges compared to the 12 year old.

28th September 2021

Definitely worth trying

It is always difficult for me to rate Scotch because it first needs to be classified, for example, by how rare it is, how many years it has been aged, price, popularity etc....
Clearly If I compare Highland Park's Viking Scars aged 10 years to The Dalmores 1964 Constellation Collection aged 46 years, then Viking Scars couldn't even stand on the same stage, if comparing those 2 scotch's, then Viking scars would get ⅕ of a star at best!
If comparing to really cheap Scotch such as Johnie Walker Red label, Then Viking Scars would get at least 5 stars plus an additional 5 stars for the style of the bottle, and 5 more stars because when comparing Viking Scars to J.W Red, you realize that J-W Red is anything but scotch.

Therefore to level the playing field, It should be compared to Cardhu, Seavus Regal, Glennfidich 12 year Single malt, all Whiskeys within the same price range, years aged, and a mix of single and blended malts. When Highland Parks Viking Scars sits in place with its equals, it can be rated.

Highland Park's Viking Scars is new on the market, which is unfortunate because like any newcomer to a group, not unlike people or animals, it needs to be a step up on the others just to prove it's self. However all things considered, name, style, taste on the palette, bouquet, and notes, It is definitely worth its price.
The name and style points are both positive and negative, It is Scotch, however it also to the recent popularity of the vikings. The bottle is really nicely decorated, as is the box, so it deserves style points, ill give it a 5 for style, however Scotch is Scottish, not Viking, therefore nicely decorated or not, the theme doesn't quite fit, so I'll drop 1.25 style points. Personally I like its bouquet, however this Scotch needs to breathe, I suggest allowing it to breathe for a while, if you do you will note that it has a vanilla/honey, bold coffee, mildly earthy, with hints of citrus and dark brown sugar, I give >t a 5 for bouquet, but dont forget to let it breathe a while. I enjoy the taste, I find it mildly sweet and creamy, slightly peaty and citusy, it is smooth, but also have some bite. The price for this Scotch is very good. I give it a 4, 4.5.

1st January 2021

Light but complex.

Another easy drink. Very tasty.

1st November 2020

Smooth, delicious... great finish, perfect price.

This is one of the smoothest drinking scotch' at the price point I've ever had the pleasure to taste... it's just so good. Its flavour is pleasant enough that you actually want to savor it. And its finish is pretty much perfect. It might actually be my new favorite scotch at its price point.

25th December 2019

Excellent 10 yo

Pretty good 10 yo whisky. Highly recommended.

3rd September 2019

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