Bought: Flaviar, 25th February 2016
83.81/100 – Whiskybase (average from 80 member votes)
This 10-year-old single malt is the pick of Highland Park’s brand ambassador Mark Markvardsen and released for the Swedish market in 2013. It can occasionally be found in the UK where it retails between £50-£60, double the price of the standard 12yo. That’s a bit scary but this 10yo is more exclusive than the 12yo and packs more of a punch at 46%. The extra strength is definitely one of this whisky’s assets.
I’ve been referencing Whiskybase long enough now to have a reasonable understanding of what a score means in terms of a rating. This is my general view:
- Around 80/100 – Good to average
- Around 83/100 – Very good
- Around 86-87/100 – Excellent
- Around 90/100 – Amazing
I feel safe in saying that 83.81/100 on Whiskybase means this Highland Park 10yo is very good stuff. Comments include “lovely whisky. Nicely balanced, fresh, spices, somewhat fruity, but not too fruity” and “perfect every day whisky, really benefits from the increased alcohol %, very nice sweetness, little smoke…. great stuff, go get it”. A couple of members say it feels younger than 10 years and the finish isn’t great but all-in-all a very nice dram.
Here is brand ambassador Mark Markvardsen and a colleague from Highland Park giving us their thoughts on this whisky (unfortunately not with the best sound quality):