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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

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

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


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

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