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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).

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

Excellent 10 yo

Pretty good 10 yo whisky. Highly recommended.

3rd September 2019

It's got quite the bite

I'm a bit of a softy, and very much a beginner with whiskeys, so I'm not sure if my opinion counts. This one burns on the way down which is actually very enjoyable for torching an incoming flu. The finish is fortunately better than the initial roughness.. so even a big gulp burns in a spicy good way. The smell is quite fantastic and very inviting. (Sweet and Smokey), And the peppery bite after leaving it on your tongue a while is curiously satisfying before The sensation is smothered by the harshness. It settles well in the tummy and, for what it's worth, doesn't fog the brain the next morning. Now I'm looking forward to trying some of the better rated scotches!

23rd January 2019

So smooth brilliant whisky

Went to Skye and visited the distillery had my first taste of Viking scars and thought it was excellent

7th November 2018

A bit rough

Seriously, a bit rough is all I have to say. The Orkney countryside is beautiful, this whisky isn't.

3rd July 2018

Ten years is far too young for Highland Park

undrinkable.

16th May 2018

Immature and a bit harsh

Very immature malt which I can only describe as 'fleshy', like cuts off of a freshly downed elk. not nice at all. if you've ever been to a slaughterhouse you'll know what I'm talking about. Hmm.

I would cook with this.

What are they doing up there in Kirkwall?

9th March 2018

Spot on

I really like this, Talisker 10 is a personal favorite, this has a very similar flavour profile. Spicy, a bit sea salty, some peat and smoke. At 60% of the price of Talisker it's a winner in my books.

16th February 2018

HIGHLAND PARK 10 - VIKING SCARS

The sherry in this is actually quite nice once it sweetens up, nutty and deep, but the malt itself is a bit harsh at this age, and the combination of the peat and the wood here is sour. HP12 also has a degree of sourness to it, but it's far more pronounced in the 10. Water does not help. Nor does aeration.

Has a bit of a peppery burn to it (~).

The 40 percent abv and chill filtration renders this a generally weak drink, lacking mouthfeel, aroma, and fullness of flavor. I have always had a generally good opinion of the Highland Park bottlings, but this particular expression does not in any real way 'do it' for me. I see no reason for me to ever get this over the twelve year old.

Pass.

Two and a half stars for good casks.

9th February 2018

plan ahead, let it breathe, follow-up:

𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘑𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺 28, 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 2018

Hmm. Left the bottle open through the evening. Aeration in glass quicker now. Much improved. Will investigate further.

Opinion of HP10 generally better, but would still keep to HP12 in future.

[𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴]

28th January 2018

Plan ahead, let it breathe.

Not at all bad, but it needs a bit of time in the glass. One hour (+), and you'll get a pleasantly honeyed, cocoa powdery, mildly dusty (and the slightest bit peppery), ever so drinkable dram. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Orange peels and peaches.

Pour a smaller one, half a glass, or it'll never get there.
Wouldn't recommend water: just time.

27th January 2018

Put some Talisker in it!

HP12 minus the viscosity, lighter, less sherry, less of everything;

Very young, but not harsh. Good dustiness:

Now put a dash of Talisker in it and it comes to life! Mnhm, yes, a bit if body now. Evening's saved.

17th January 2018

Sweet mellow 10yr

First off the bottle: wow. The eye wants sonething aswell sometimes. And this one catches my attention. Stunning bottle.

Short cork, broad cap so easy pnt the handle... Now the nose; honey! Intense honey, malt, a tad floral, wood and gentle on the smoke.
Taste, flat sweet, quick fade away, not so smokey.. Sweet blossom.. Not a less balssy 12 yr. But a sweet mellow 10jr.

24th November 2017

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