Whiskybase
Overall rating
85.94/100
votes
327
Whiskybase ID
WB113256
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
30 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
CB303986
Barcode
5060056922225
Added on
04 jun 2018 7:50 pm by LDB
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 72.38

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Whisky Reviews for Cask Orkney 18-year-old DR

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] This release scored very high in the most recent "Whisky Magazine" tasting with 90 points from Rob and 92 points from Lyndsey. So I am very curious if my own taste buds confirm these high scores or support the rather low ratings here at WB...

    ...and they are in line with the average-only scores here at WB, unfortunately. This is an easy drinkable but not very interesting dram that offers just very little of the usual excellent Highland Park profile. It is fairly priced given its average-only quality - but what did both experts of the "Whisky Magazine" find in there to score it 90+ points? Another good reason to just rely on your own taste and not on that of so-called experts...

    [October, 2019] This seems to be a dram for people that own super-tasting senses because Jim scored it 94 points and both Serge and Angus from whiskyfun 88 points (which is pretty high by their standards). I have to re-taste it using a big spheric blender's glass...

    ...and indeed, the nose offers a more impressive profile this way with basically the same aromas and additional old style waxy notes. I rate this nose 88 points tonight (by the way, out of a standard Glencairn glass it stays unimpressive at 85 points). Oops, the taste is much better tonight with additional honey and tasty chocolatey flavours in a spicy-salty mix. I go for 89 points here. The mouthfeel still is a little weak without any significant coating but the minor drying-astringent feeling is gone tonight. The finish seems to be longer and spicier without the drying moments (I am very well rested today) and I go for 87 points on this dimension tonight.

    It is very interesting to see how different the tasting impressions of the very same dram can be - some people attribute this to oxydation or other physical effects but I think it is mainly due to the changing constitution of your own taste (buds) depending whether you are rested or stressed, happy or sad, hungry or fed up etc. That is why it is always advisable to taste drams at several different settings before deciding to buy expensive bottles (or turn down bargains)...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers the profile of a rather exhausted cask that did not contribute a lot to the whisky. There are some fruits (pineapples), some oils and shy honeys within a chalky-mineral setting. No off-notes but not very impressive, too. In a blind setting I never ever would have guessed this is a HP...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is a little better on sweet sugars, some light peaty (bonfire) and maritime notes. Later some spices kick in with a nice salty touch. It is not complex but delicate and again without any flaw. Easy to sip but not interesting to explore - one to drink when you do not want to focus on the drink but on something different (a good conversation, playing cards or the like). Water is a chequered affair: On one side it flattens the anyhow not very impressive dram further but on the other side it takes off the drying-astringent mouthfeel and finish which turns the whisky smoother. I like it best when reduced to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The whisky arrives warming but just very little coating on the palate with a minor drying-astringent mouthfeel (which is another typical characteristics of leached casks). The finish is of medium length with more peaty flavours that are very welcomed to enrich the taste. It gets a little drying (ashy) towards the end but this is not a big deal and it vanishes completely with the somewhat reduced dram.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park meets Littlemill - with the fine range of flavors that characterize good HP - hits my nerve very well, plus a great PLV and, above all, very delicious. For me a direct hit.
    • Nose
      a torrent, a whole basket full of vanilla pods, clover honey, lemons, freshly pressed, fresh lemon rind, grapefruit in powdered sugar, baked apples, pear compote, plums, jasmine flowers, nutmeg, freshly sawn wood, fresh hay from the flower meadow, fine smoke, some eucalyptus; everything very intense and clear and super delicious
    • Taste
      oily, powerful, nevertheless very fine and clear; Lemon juice with honey, grapefruit, freshly cut and sweetened, lots of nutmeg, vanilla, fresh brioche, jasmine tea, Earl Gray tea, olive oil, walnuts, some dark chocolate, a hint of mocha
    • Finish
      the lemon fresh stays in the nose, mouth and throat for a long time, as well as the sweet jasmine with vanilla and honey and nutmeg ... as well as the olive oil and walnuts, now as walnut oil, and also a little clove of hay ... and finally eucalyptus hangs in the nose ... great class

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Short Comparison between the Cask Orkney (WID: 113256), the Full Volume (WID: 101678), and the Berry Bros & Rudd (WID: 108315)

    The Cask Orkney and the Full Volume are almost inevitably similar. The Cask Orkney has a bit more freshness and citrus in it. The smoke feels a bit cooler in the Cask Orkney. The full volume has more grain and oak notes, is slightly muted and fuller. It seems to me that the Full Volume has a little more wood influence.
    I tend to like the Full Volume in direct comparison even a bit better, because it works a tick older than the Cask Orkney. Both are really solid malts. There will not be a big bottle, so I do not have to ask myself which bottle to buy.

    The Berry Bros & Rudd tolerate some water. Otherwise he seems somehow alcoholic. He opens with water. The water then has herbal, forest and meadow notes. It's such a cross between Cask Orkney and the Full Volume for me. He also has a freshness similar to the Cask Orkney, but this seems somehow elegant in the Berry Bros & Rudd. In addition also wood influence like with the Full Volume. In addition, the smoke may be stronger than the two before it. The sherry is not really something to hear. Overall, the Berry Bros & Rudd is probably the most complex whisky in comparison, as it brings a mix of freshness and wood with it. But it does not necessarily have to be a big bottle.

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      blind Sample

      Colour:
      Bright gold tone

      Fruity smoke and immediately lemon. Salt, cereals and mirabelle jam. The colleague is sweet, fruity. Juicy pear, vanilla and some marzipan. Something like peppermint tea and sage-sweet.
      With some time in the glass, when the smoke softens, more flowery notes and wood come through. The alcohol does not stand out. Goes well with it. Nice nose. I like it…
    • Taste
      Strong smoky start. Spice immediately relents. Something bitter oak. And then honey comes with vanilla and also in the taste of the marzipan. Fresh, juicy mirabelle plums and a little tart chocolate.
      At the second sip, the smoke goes back a bit. But is still fully at the start. Now more sour apple and then honey again. Nice oily mouthfeel. A few bitter herbs also want to play along. The alcohol beats something on the tongue.
      I give Noma after. I'll shoot the 10cl tonight.
    • Finish
      Nice smoky and long. A bit of bitterness and spiciness before the oily - sweet paste the entire mouth.

  5. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A true islander, a tad rough and peaty, but with a kind heart. ;)

    I  like it because it is something completely different and very good value for money, especially when you compare it to other Orkney bottlings....
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla pods in honey, sugared grapefruit slices, baked apple, very intense
    • Taste
      87 87
      Citrus fruits with some peat, but above all sweet and spicy honey. Interesting mixture.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Maritime and slightly smoky, with soft oak and sweet lemon juice.

  6. Jordanite scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Serge considers Highland Park to be one of the world's greatest distillates and Jim Murray apparently uses HP18 to win ladies' hearts (WB2017p111)... so it must be good! This Cask Orkney is an independent bottling of HP18 that is bottled at 46%, without the vikings - meaning that there is no raiding taking place upon your wallet. The nose is complex indeed: chalk, honey, seaweed, sea air, lemon, a pleasant mustiness and light smoke. The palate largely continues where the enjoyable nose left off, although it is slightly let down by some unwanted heat and bitterness. A minerally/herbal finish gives way to soft, lingering smoke.

  7. mullos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Review from "whiskyfun.com"
    A single malt. Indeed, in theory, this could as well be the much lighter Scapa. What’s reassuring is that this was ‘Created to celebrate the Neolithic folklore of Orkney’. Are they this old-fashioned up there? Colour: white wine. Nose: a fresher style again, closer to the wash and to the earth, with these medicinal touches again, clay and chalk, beach sand, seaweed, grass smoke, roots (gentian!) and lemon peel. I don’t know any whisky enthusiast who wouldn’t like this. Not this humble taster, for sure. Mouth: this is very smart. Perfect coastal/grassy smokiness, some bitter herbs, lemon peel, fresh walnuts, and once again hints of artichoke. A lot of bitter citrus too, and even a wee touch of sea salt. Very good. Finish: quite long, salty and grassy, with more fresh walnuts. Comments: I’m sorry but it’s the Viking Pride, only with rather less cask influence. And I don’t think it’s very expensive (no it’s not, 70€) But could it be Scapa? Nah, it ought to be the other one…
    SGP:462 - 88 points.

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ultra fresh nose:, maritime, smoky, salty, creamy, slightly sharp, citrusy, bready-doughy, lactic / yeasty, weirdly vegetal with aromas of assorted greens (string beans, spinach, artichoke) and bright fruitiness (pear skins, sugared grapefruits, lime juice). Precious little cask influence on the nose apart from some rather indefinite spice notes (perhaps cumin or poppyseed). With time, honey and apricot make an appearance. Noses younger than 18 years for sure.

    Taste: everything from the nose. Salinity, citrus, smoke, spices. Lovely but not a lot of cask presence. Tad bitter in the aftertaste. Or you could say: extra dry. Creamier, oilier mouthfeel than recent OB‘s. Custard and yoghurt. It's a summer whisky for those of us who do appreciate smoke but don't feel like torpedoing a breezy summer night with a Laphroaig- or Ardbeg-style smoke monster. Campfire on the beach, if you will, plus the sea breeze and ocean spray, and perhaps even some cigarette smoke (roll-ups, not factory-made, you dig?).

    This is truly an exercise in subtractive rather than additive maturation, so go for this one if you're looking for a bottle of HP that displays aged distillery character rather than a lot of active cask influence.

  9. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A worthy representative of his distillery with respectable age and good price. 88P
    • Nose
      Many tannins, dry earth. Mint, lemon, summer blossom honey. Plant sections, distant kräutriger smoke. Resin, musty old tools. Grape seeds.
    • Taste
      Strong tingling onset, lemon, earth, hot campfire smoke. Still strong, a lot of volume. Ripe apples, plant sections with more soil, hot pebbles in the sun. Underbrush in coniferous forest, resin, fir honey. Spice cabinet.
    • Finish
      First fresh, mint, lemon, then always dry, warm, earth, freshly sawn wood, dry sawdust, (a little too) old black coffee. Medium long, and towards the end too dry for my taste.

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, for the price for an 18 year old it fits.
    • Nose
      88 88
      earthy-spicy; Sweet; Vanilla; Honey; apples; citrus fruits; Wood; delicate smoke
    • Taste
      88 88
      soft and oily; citrus fruits; Lemons; Grapefruit; Honey; Vanilla; delicate smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      spicy; citrus fruits; finely tart fresh notes of wood; delicate smoke

  11. MrDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The aroma includes smoked bananas with vanilla cream, ripe pineapples and honey. The taste is rich, sweet and sour with nuances of burnt pineapple, vanilla and grapefruit. Medium-length finish, fruity-smoky, spicy.

    Excellent whisky, fresh, mineral smoky with cool tropical fruit splashes, very good balance.

    RATING: 88pts - | 87 - 89 (B +) → Great | - Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  12. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    my overall judgment: it is poor
    it lacks the bite
    where are the 18y
    • Nose
      starts somehow undefined / light / thin, slightly earthy, slightly spicy, banana comes, light caramel, a smoky note
      Time makes the nose a little better
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      light loose-leaf binders, cold ash, increasing smoke, medium-old malt, slightly spicy, oak
    • Finish
      medium long, something prickles
      starts sweet becomes bitter, oak, spicy

      slightly astringent

  13. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    20 20 20 20 80

    full flow ...
    unremarkable whisky

  14. Vallado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from blind tasting. Not necessarily recognizable as a Highland Park for me, nonetheless tasty Dram, which despite "only" 46% brings enough strength. I would have thought much older. Excellent price-benefit ratio!
    • Nose
      89 89
      woody-earthy, some smoke, vanilla, rock candy / candied lemon peel, yoghurt, nice freshness, yellow-fruity (pineapple?), floral with rose petals
    • Taste
      87 87
      amazingly sweet in the first sip, then coriander, lemon, white pepper, vanilla, cardamom, mirabelle plum, panna cotta
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium to long, warming, slightly tingling, astringent, fruity-sweet with a gentle spiciness

  15. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice soft and oily, very nice maritime character, also sweet.
    • Nose
      Maritime, wet stones, seaweed, lemon, salt, heather, herbs, fish
    • Taste
      Oily and soft, subtle smoke, salt, coast, lemon, herbs, sweet and maritime, oak, slightly bitter.
      F
    • Finish
      Fresh, maritime, fish with salt and lemon, slightly bitter.
      C

  17. Tobi83P scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    In the taste and finish you also notice the age. Do not be fooled by your first impression in the nose. Really benefits enormously from the breathing in the bottle. I liked it several times a lot better than on the first try.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first very reserved. Benefit enormously from breathing in the bottle after the first few drams are out. Citrus, so the direction mango / peach. Hay, maybe a bit of honeydew melon. Smoke I take, depending on the form of the day clearly true, then again hardly.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Here much more intense than in the more subtle aroma. Nutty, strong, fruity-sweet, again the direction peach, melon, mango. The smoke is also more noticeable than in the nose
    • Finish
      89 89
      Really surprisingly long-lasting. Go down very leisurely and stay warm. Oak and a slight Nussigkeit comes then also noticeable after the citrus fruit and remains at the end.

  18. sealgair scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A beautiful unnamed HP, reminiscent of the old 18s. Vanilla, honey, nut, again really heather-root and with a soft-smoky finish.

  19. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    (blind)
    • Nose
      Soft, sweet smoke, vanilla, removes citrus fruit, after the first sip the herbs can also be found in the nose
    • Taste
      Very different in the mouth. Stone flour, herbs, the smoke of mineral, fine malt note
    • Finish
      The herbs remain present

  21. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a dirty, musty, earthy yet fruity whisky with gentle but obvious peat cutting through it all, reminiscent of Springbank and Benromach. In character, not necessarily in taste. There is a brininess too. A touch of water enhances the fruits, particularly the orange. Complex and interesting.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. manmathiou scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In terms of taste, it makes no mistake, it is pleasing and tasty. But there is nothing to discover here, did not notice much of the barrels. Just drink and be good - March 20th, 2021
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, pineapple, apple, the fruit notes are rather unripe, mineral, maritime, malt sweetness, honey, grassy, floral, in the background an artificial wood note
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cooling, sticky, maritime, citrus fruits but more in the direction of cleaner, black pepper on the tip of the tongue, oily, dry spices
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, mild pepper (powder), oak, lemongrass

  24. claymore84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-03-2021.

  25. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    December 15, 2020

    The malt lives from its really nice, fresh citrus note. Unfortunately, the barrels don't have a big impact.
    • Nose
      Very fresh and slightly tart lemons and grapefruits, plus sweet malty notes and a hint of smoke. In the background there are herbs and honey that stand out much more clearly after the first sip.
    • Taste
      Oily and somehow surprisingly mild on the nose. Also here fresh with citrus notes, but now sugared.
    • Finish
      Dry with lemons, light seasoning and the herbs are back.

  29. locogrande scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Peat, zest, brine. Very smooth. Fantastic value

  30. locogrande scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Peat, zest, brine. Very smooth. Fantastic value

  31. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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  32. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very unexcitingly balanced paints.
    not on the same lvl of the full volume.
    • Nose
      Very fresh on the nose. Grape, thistle, citrus, leather, oak, eucalyptus
    • Taste
      Oily start with white pepper, grapes, gummy bears
    • Finish
      Citrus, chilli, grapes, salt, becoming bitter, medium-long finish

  33. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N20 P22 F21 B21

  34. JBKwb scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In the glass of the 18er Cask Orkney made from ex-Bourbon casks with 46% vol .; an adult representative at still affordable price.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Green apple, lemon, quince, pear, some vanilla and cereals. There is hardly any smoke and the whisky looks very fruity and soft.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily and yellow-fruity on the palate; a touch of flint can be felt here, a little mint and white pepper. Slightly bitter spiciness is also found, otherwise more on the subtle yellow-fruity side with a nice note of vanilla. Slightly astringent.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long finish; after the fruit comes tingling mint and turns into a light sweetness. Grapefruit and bitter spice in the finish.

  37. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very pleasant, tastes good
    • Nose
      Mineral, fine smoke, lemon, vanilla
    • Taste
      Oily, full, the citrus freshness runs through, malt, smoke a little more clearly, but not penetrating.

  38. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  39. the_muskox scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A decent summer sipper, but not particularly memorable. I’m reminded of that North Star Island Star, which is a way younger Highland Park (or is it a Scapa?), but hits many of the same notes and does them better in my opinion. I do like the oily texture on this one. It’s a bit peppery and tannic on the back end, which isn’t my favourite, but there’s some good length and nice floral notes in there. I wish it was a bit fruitier and had a bit more complexity. I’d probably pick the OB 18yo over this one, but it’d be close.

    Nose: Quite light, and very Highland-Park-y. Almost no peat at all. Green barley, cereals, heather honey, grass, lemon and lime zest, tart pineapple, and pears. Some marshmallow and vanilla. Slightly salty, with mineral water and barely a hint of distant smoke.

    Palate: Medium-oily texture. Floral, citrusy, and lightly salty up front. Tart pineapple, coconut, and fresh flowers. Lots of sweet green plant notes in the middle, like drinking a greenhouse. Quite a bit of tobacco and charred oak in the middle, with a hint of lapsang souchong. The smoke dissipates quickly to sweet tropical fruit, black pepper, more green wood and honey.

    Finish: Sweeter and more floral. Green tea, oak, black pepper, honey, brown sugar, cereals, ginger, and a hint of cinnamon.

  40. sakis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  41. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. diamond2000 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: delicate, dry grain, bran bread, slices of green apple, mineral-metallic notes, salt, pencil shavings, light honey, boiled condensed milk. Phenolicity is barely perceptible, light smoke from fresh twigs thrown into a fire, drying paint, sulfur. Nice wood, dry boards, wood dust are well integrated.

    Taste: light spices, smoke, honey, butterscotch, sweet-salty, salted caramel, soot, burnt piece of wood, zest.

    Finish: warming, caramel, pleasant tree, slightly needles, wood-ash, light plucking spices and zest, vegetable oil, medium length.

    Rating: 87

    Bottom line: very good and even HP in a fully bourbon design, with interesting mineral inclusions. It should be noted the pleasant influence of oak, it turned out very well at all stages.

  43. Gilles_V scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A strange dichotomy between a woman's head and a man's body.

    Edict: after about 3 weeks: it improves. Very fine, chiseled, precise. Not smooth at all but its austere dryness is really interesting.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Very delicate and airy. Floral, flintlock. Volatility of alcohol.

      Edict: 81 instead of 72 for the reasons given above.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lively, powerful, salty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long length, salty.

  44. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Day 10 of Lockdown - 27th March - As cases on Diamond Princess easing out by days, now MS Zaandam with 1800+ passengers on board that are exposed to the virus. US hits 100000 confirmed cases and dead toll at Italy escalating towards 10000 casualty. Boris Johnson have some time now to do up his hair.

    N- Soft with sweet notes come first, persistent honey, strawberry vanilla shakes with tinge of sugary glaze. Oak arrives with nutmeg, roasted peppercorn and scents of earth, fresh vegetal and caramelize sweet onion. This gets better overtimes as it breath in the glass. (87/21)

    P- Find this a bit challenging. Woody at spine, mothering with soft honey, coconut chocolate, spicy pepper, grassy sweet and white raisin sponge. Plenty going on but masked by the sphere of dry wood. (86/20)

    F- Medium, much as the palate, wood dry, grassy, though it taste younger than the given aged. (85/19)

    B/B- 86/20

    Weighted Rate- 80pt
    • Nose
      N- Soft with sweet notes come first, persistent honey, strawberry vanilla shakes with tinge of sugary glaze. Oak arrives with nutmeg, roasted peppercorn and scents of earth, fresh vegetal and caramelize sweet onion. This gets better overtimes as it breath in the glass. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Find this a bit challenging. Woody at spine, mothering with soft honey, coconut chocolate, spicy pepper, grassy sweet and white raisin sponge. Plenty going on but masked by the sphere of dry wood. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, much as the palate, wood dry, grassy, though it taste younger than the given aged. (85/19)

      B/B- 86/20

      Weighted Rate- 80pt

  45. davidloosli scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh, lemons, peat, earthy, mineral, barley sugar, corn flakes, a hint of oranges
    • Taste
      Sweet peat, pepper, artichoke, forest honey, sugary, fruit salat sirup, sugared grapefruit
    • Finish
      Bitter and sweet, salty, chalk, floury / furry, icing sugar, walnut, a hint of ginger

  46. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. 2ndSip scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Completely different from the 18 from HP, also a considerable whisky, even if the typical sherry aromas (dark fruits) do not appear here. The longer he can breathe, the better he gets. Nevertheless - it doesn't come close to the 18 from HP in terms of aroma. Why does it somehow remind me of a combination of HP14-Loyalty of the Wolf and HP Spirit of the Bear.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get a second bottle? Maybe...]
    • Nose
      84 84
      initially a salty sea breeze, which is no longer so dominant as the course progresses. Citrus freshness / (tart) green apple together with a floral character. The seasoning goes towards nutmeg and, if he could breathe a little, towards (hot) pepper. The typical heather can also be found. At the back I smell a sweet banana. I don't have smoke.
    • Taste
      81 81
      first soft, then very spicy and peppery, becomes oily and nutty as well as a slight bitterness that becomes stronger (coffee bitter / dark chocolate), but is still acceptable. Sweetness of caramel / toffee and something fruity - sweeter with the second sip.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium to long finish with some oak and more heather. Something oily and spicy (nutmeg) stays on the tongue along with something nutty. The slight bitterness remains, but doesn't bother you. At the back it is (very) warming ... that's something for the cold season ;-)
      For me: no trace of smoke.

  48. coldsun scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Paint, chemical sharp spices, fireworks, iodine, acetone, flowers, green apple, nutmeg, roasted malt, zesty and peppery spices, wood.

  49. Coldorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color is Chardonnay
    This is a really good dram, with a good complexity, easily sipped. I like it a lot, and at around 60-70€, it’s quite a good deal.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light smoke, honey, vanilla, pineapple, chalk and a pinch of salt. No alcohol kick.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Citrusy and peppery at first, with a bit of coastal smoke, on an oily mouthfeel. Bitter oak, and maybe a bit of honey. Green apple too.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is on oak bitterness and a distant bonfire smoke. It stays quite long with the bitterness on the tongue.

  50. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    For me the first independent performance of Highland Park and quite a surprise - mainly in taste. The overall impression is not dizzying. (Based on sample.)
    • Nose
      Not too pronounced. Grapefruit peel, vanilla, dried banana, gooseberry, smoked salt and coffee grounds.
    • Taste
      After the first small sip, surprisingly significantly smoky, peat and pungent. Coffee cream as the most distinctive flavor. Peach, nectarine and pineapple. Vanilla pudding with some cinnamon. Cappuccino. A few drops of water soften the taste even more, but nothing much new will bring. Maybe a little mint and lemon.
    • Finish
      Kiwi with ash, pepper, grapefruit peel and salinity.

  51. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    86 Light, summer drink.
    Nose: light, summer, apple, pear, lollipops, a bit of the sea and light, sweetish smoke
    Taste: harsh, simple ... I can not understand what it is ... Luck ???
    Finish: quick and easy.

  52. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    An interesting gamble to see what a reasonably priced 18yo Orcadian has to offer but unfortunately not a huge amount; it is perfect enough as an evening opener but it lacks any great character. Still, for those on a budget, this is worth a look.
    • Nose
      82 82
      lemon and grass, fresh melon
    • Taste
      80 80
      solid aged tart spirit, wavering between sweet and dry
    • Finish
      78 78
      short->medium; it falls off quite a bit, very clean but lacking in any further development from the palate

  53. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 21, balance 21

  54. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21-22-22-21, if not for 46%, it would be 1-2 points higher ...

  55. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    the first approach was 86-85-82
    I tried it when the casting stand was halved for 2 weeks
    The nose became 87, it is still quite powerful and ethereal, but not so rough and good sweet tones of exotic fruits were added.
    The taste has also become a little more delicate, I will add 1 point, but the finish is still weak, it seems to be a failure, it's a pity this component.
    • Nose
      87 87
      very powerful and ethereal in flavor, for some reason it was immediately thought that the barrel was not refill, but of the first filling, somehow rudely everything looks like a 12-year-old basic molt, but at the same time decent enough if you take the starting position
    • Taste
      86 86
      spices, a little salt, wood - again a little rude for 18 years
    • Finish
      83 83
      and here the finish in general leaves in unpleasant bitterness, the general impression is a little blurred

  56. Allandale did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A cask from Orkney.
    • Nose
      Mmm, fresh with notes of citrus, heather, toffee, hay and green apples.
    • Taste
      The taste is better with fruit, vanilla, honey, yellow plums, digestive and caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium long, warming.

  57. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 760: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7t8vWPHlRQ (88/100).

  58. Campie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: lemon peel, honey, cut grass, sea air, smoke, white chocolate.
    Mouth: malted barley, lemon, silty and grassy, white chocolate, walnuts.
    Finish: long, grassy, peppery, walnuts

  59. Mascht scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    an HP 18 at a reasonable price, a little more power and a lot more citrus than the OA but not so balanced
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange peel, grapefruit, hay, mineral, some smoke, cinnamon, peppermint
    • Taste
      87 87
      spicy, nutty, campfire, again lots of citrus, leather, black tea, bergamot oil
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium-long, while salty, sage and caramel remain

  60. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  61. Titan2015 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  62. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  63. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. Thibaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    You taste easily that this is watered down heavliy. If you are used to drinking a lot of cs than this taste a bit flat.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  65. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  66. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very nice Highland Park, with tons of citrus and grapefruit and honey.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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