Highland Park

Highland Park 21 Years Old

Highland Park 21 Years Old (47.5%, OB, 2016)

  • Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Highland Park Distillery
  • Bottling: Edrington
  • ABV: 47.5%
  • Cost: £142.72


What they say:

Drawing its incredible character from predominantly American oak casks which have been seasoned with sherry, our 21 year old is a truly dynamic whisky, with an intensely fruity and spicy centre, surrounded by complex layers of candied orange peel, dark chocolate and rich, slightly drier smoke. It is a malt whisky that rewards patience and delivers an experience like no other.

Tasting Notes


Natural colour, reddish gold Orkney sunset


Butterscotch, dark chocolate and orange


Full flavour, candied orange peel with spicy dark chocolate leading to a rich smoky sensation


Rich, complex, sweet smoky sensation then soft medium dry

What I say:

The final ‘special’ dram from the #TheDramTeam twitter tasting was this Highland Park 21 Years Old. Drawn from a bottle at £150+ a small shot of this ultra-special liquid represents the finishing flurry from The Dram Team’s inaugural tasting pack based around the scotch malt whisky regions and it is well worth the wait I can assure you!


Copper amber (7/20) quick but well-defined medium-to-fine tapered legs


Sweet apples, crisp green apple, rosey apple sweeties, brut Normandy cider, flock, chamois leather, heather honey, vanilla essence, cocoa, toffee, butterscotch


Smooth toffee and honey, subtle chocolate sauce, heather honey, malty cereal barley, apple crumble, wisp of peat smoke


Medium-long, heather honey, wispy peat smoke, vanilla essence, drying and moreish


Reserved and very classy, this has a graceful refined nature which rewards teasing out the subtleties across the palate. Tastes well-made, superbly structured in body and characteristics, there are just the faintest hints of smoke and heather which make this unmistakably Highland Park at its finest.

Score: 89/100

Don’t take my word for it:

Bloggers submit a link to your review

Categories: Highland Park, Island

Tagged as: , ,

1 reply »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.