Review: Highland Park 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

30 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Highland Park (Kirkwall, Scotland)

The second oldest expression of Highland Park in their core range, and impressive at that. It shows so much of the brilliance of age that Highland Park acquires as the liquid continues to rest in the casks.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

The palate is actually quite marine, and hold many separate notes in check. Sherried, fruity notes, caramel, dried seaweed, dried lime, almonds, orange peel, the lightest touch of smoke, heather, honey, leather, caramel, cinnamon, fudge, buckwheat,

The palate is where it shines. Incredible smoke, and the unbelievable caramel and honey that comes with old highland parks. Vanilla, smoke, a touch of rancio, brilliant malt, smoke, and apple seeds. The finish is full of dry sherry, smoke, and lots of fruit and nut notes. Terrific.

Exceptional (3% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date receive this, my highest recommendation).

Value: Low. Even for such a good whisky, you have to pay a pretty penny for this - these older Highland Parks are crazy expensive, this going for something around $1000 CAD.