Bought: Whiskysite, Holland, 23th May 2015
86/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
82.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 119 member votes)
Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible doesn’t have much to say about this HP but he concludes with “this has to be one of the softest drams you’ll find”. 86/100 categorises this tipple as “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying”.
As I write this, the only place I can easily find in the UK that has this HP is ‘Hard To Find Whisky’. They’re asking £99 for a bottle but you can still get it from Holland for €60 (£44). Is it worth it? Well it’s certainly different from a typical Highland Park because of the use of ex bourbon and American oak casks.
Although 82.5/100 on Whiskybase is slightly better than the rating for the standard HP 12yo (82.38/100) some comments are quite critical. Remarks include “this certainly is not a bad whisky but it’s not a high flyer either” and “this is just not good enough” but drinkers who enjoyed it said “nice candidate for a daily dram” and “interesting and very nice!” Clearly the Leif Eriksson is one of those drinks that comes down to individual preference.
Here’s Horst Luening of Whisky.com with his review on You Tube (October 2016):