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Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.88/100
votes
175
Whiskybase ID
WB114745
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Pride - Travel Edition
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L025A / L04 / 04:10 / 16:25
Barcode
5010314306427
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
08 Jul 2018 11:56 am by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 150.50

33 × in wishlist

175 × member ratings

501 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.88 points

  1. DulischM scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very sweet and creamy, I particularly like the smoke and the sherry flavors in the mouth, the two harmonize perfectly with each other. I can imagine this whisky very well in summer with a cup of vanilla ice cream ...
    • Nose
      Very creamy with vanilla and above all with a lot of dark and runny honey, a little flowery like heather. Then some fruit come through, sweet red apple, green grapes and especially raisins. In addition, some sweet citrus aromas, orange and passion fruit.
    • Taste
      Creamy sweet again in the mouth with honey and vanilla. The whisky is slightly smoky with aromas of sherry, raisins and chocolate. The heather reappears.
    • Finish
      The finish has creamy honey and dry cocoa spice in the mouth, then again the full load of heather.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of peatbogger.
    HP never disappoint and I am fairly sure that if I owned a bottle, this would have grown on me and I would have probably scored it higher.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Mmmmm a nice toffee nose and this is no ordinary toffee, this high end quality toffee. Also Old Jamaica chocolate bar, the one with the rum raisins. I also get some nice fudge notes, in fact very much like the whisky fudge I got for Christmas. Old antique dark wood furniture. Wonderful.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste isn't as great as the nose but still very good. This tastes a lot stronger than 43%. More raisins than toffee this time.
      There is a nice mix of heather and liquorice, a strange combination but it works. I am just taking tiny little sips and the more I sip the better it gets. It's more like the flavours get stronger.
    • Finish
      85 85
      It's weakness is it's finish but I don't want that to sound bad. It's short to medium and that high class toffee on the nose has just dropped to your normal every day.

  3. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The 3% more alcohol but you can see very clearly. The is not nearly as round as the normal 18s, but has just more whistle. My taste is better without question.
    • Nose
      Oha that is very different than the normal 18s

      Some earth, also herbs, grasses and pine needles, honey, dried fruits, apple

      The relationship to the normal 18s is clearly recognizable. From the feeling, I would say that the dark viking pride sherry barrel proportion is greater
    • Taste
      Honey, sweet muesli, apple, strawberries, redcurrants, grapefruit, pepper

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    More intense, but less complex than the regular 18 imho.

    More European oak, more spices, more smoke, more of a bite at the end.
    Less fragrant, less balanced, less heathery and honeyed.

    Still worth it if you can get it < 100 € I'd say.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Certainly not a bad whisky, just too round for me and also a little unimportant. Highland Park is not my distillery and it doesn't have enough of its own either.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Intense and dense. Tender smoke, sherry barrel, dark chocolate, toffee, heather, leather. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly smoky, sweet, vanilla, salt and herbs.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is rather short, with smoke and herbs.

  6. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Sandman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Winey, coulis red fruit, chocolate with caramel sea salt, floral honey, hint of smoke and nuts.
    • Taste
      Toffee, pepper, cinnamon, oak, toasted bread, raspberry jam and grapefruit
    • Finish
      Medium to long, grapefruit, hints of ginger, dark chocolate, forest fruits and oak

  10. tangtang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a really delicious 18 year old half board. I like it very much. Find it a little better than the 18 standard with Viking blood.
    • Nose
      Lots of herbs, spicy, citrus fruits, earthy, dried fruits, grass and some honey, apple notes, in the background light maritime notes
    • Taste
      spicy, fruity, some oak, dried fruits, honey, later slightly salty, some pepper, bitter towards the end
    • Finish
      lots of dried fruits, spicy, sweet. Here, too, the honey notes, becoming slightly bitter and dry at the end

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