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Highland Park 21 Year Old (Old Bottling)

(70cl, 47.5%)

Highland Park 21 Year Old (Old Bottling)

Highland Park 21 (Old) 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.

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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 (Old Bottling) 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.


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


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

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