Bought: Highland Park Shop, 14th July 2015
85/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
83.02/100 – Whiskybase (average from 164 member votes)
Back in about 2000 when I got my first bottle of HP 15yo it was exclusive to Sainsbury’s supermarket (according to a member of Whiskybase). 15 years later and it’s equally difficult to acquire in the UK. You have to go direct to the Highland Park shop on the distillery’s website. The bottle is readily available elsewhere in Europe (see the Whiskybase link for details) where it’s around £45 as opposed to the £65 price tag in the UK.
85/100 in the Whisky Bible classifies this dram as “good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying” but the author, Jim Murray, is hardly complimentary in his brief review “had to re-taste this several times, surprised as I was by just how relatively flat this was. A hill of honey forms the early delivery, but then….”
83/100 on Whiskybase is a reasonable score, beating other HP offerings such as the Leif Eriksson, Einar, Harald, Drakkar and the HP12, although expert reviewer Mark Dermul says about the HP 15yo “this is a bit of a weird HP if you ask me. The 12 Year Old easily transcends this one.” Other voter remarks about the HP 15yo include “an unusual HP but I like it”, “a decent and interesting dram” and “a trademark Highland Park dram and lovely at that.” It’s definitely worth a try and I’ll be interested to see how it compares with my old bottle of HP 15yo.