Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.22/100
votes
69
Whiskybase ID
WB122761
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Pride
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0467A L04
Barcode
5010314005108
Added on
15 dec 2018 2:08 pm by frokzee
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 109.85

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69 × member ratings

219 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

15 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.22 points.

  1. huangshantong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I have heard too many people say that it is not good. Unfortunately, I just had the chance to drink it until today. In my opinion, it is not as bad as described by fans. I think it is the normal performance that a well-regulated OB should have in 18 years. Soft, sweet and easy to drink, I think it is a completely acceptable performance. What should we expect from whisky?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet floral, citrus, very rich malt sweetness, almost no peat and smoke, the fruit is not particularly full, greenish, fresh, medium-bodied, good pleasure, and a good opening. No need for a decanter, pour out and drink without adding water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It has a very good entrance feeling, a little oily feeling, the wine is not thin, slightly sour fruit, it is very strong in the mouth, easy to drink, it is very good when paired with watching movies and reading books
    • Finish
      85 85
      This one looks a little weak.

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  3. KB201 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    You don't treat yourself to anything else.

    Very tasty 18 year old malt. The smoke is pleasantly integrated and it has nice sherry aromas.
    • Nose
      Rich, sherry note, hints of oak, aromatic smoke.
    • Taste
      Rich, full-bodied taste, honey and peat-like.
    • Finish
      Soft, complex, long.

  4. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Two tastings, two years apart, same bottle:

    (Tasted 16.11.2021 from a bottle initially opened two years ago)
    NOSE: Typical HP honey and summer heather, very mild peat smokiness, honey cake, mild baking spices, flower pollen. Some lighter dried fruits, like yellow raisins, mango but also figs and dates. Mild hints of vanilla and coconut shavings. Sweet and honeyed nose. (88p).
    TASTE: The arrival is sweet, almost luscious. However on the mid palate it struggles to keep up with the aforementioned first impressions. It is still sweet and extremely drinkable but lacking a bit in development and complexity, in particular for an 18 year old. (85p).
    FINISH: Unfortunately the decline has begun. The exit is sweet, mildly peppery and perhaps I could say pleasant. Even fairly long. But I think an 18 year old malt whisky should have more complexity and show more development over the taste curve. (83-84p).
    OVERALL: Benefited hugely from being transferred from a copita to a big, proper wine glass (nose score went from 85p to 88p only due to this). Actually a very good whisky, sweet and utterly quaffable, which just seems a little bit too polished and restrained, lacking in complexity. TOTAL SCORE 86 (85) points.

    (Tasted 31.07.2019 from a newly opened bottle)
    NOSE: Sweet malt, heather honey, dry wood, dried orange & lemon peel, light dry peat and a little vanilla. Not very sophisticated but still quite nice. (86p). Takes water rather well, the only change is some added nuttiness, in the direction of almonds (86p).
    TASTE: On the arrival there is some sweetness and rounded, sweet wood tones. On the mid palate there is some wood tannin / mild black pepper. (83p). A few drops of water increases the wood dryness and black pepper notes. (82p).
    FINISH: A mix of sweet honey, mild vanilla, bourbon notes, some dried fruits, mainly citrus and fresh black pepper. (83p). A few drops of water were not very beneficial. (82p).
    OVERALL: The nose is fine and clearly superior to the taste. In the mouth there’s a less pleasant oak dominance. Overall there seems to be some sherry notes here but the main impression is of bourbon barrels and too young/aggressive/insufficiently dried wood. TOTAL SCORE: 84 points (with water: 83).

  5. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  6. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1498) Highland Park, 18YO, Viking Pride (2018)
    Another Isle powerhouse after the Talisker, new and old HP 18YO on the tasting queue. Avoid being biased, trying the new batch first. Beautifully crafted bottle. (Hoped the liquid too...)
    • Nose
      N- Strolls of incoming sour fruits that stimulate salivary glands, then the sweet honey malt that breeze in so elegantly, thickened up gradually to maltose candy, dried fruits, smoke chocolate with shadowing cigars. Nutmeg and pomelo on the fruity side, sphere of asserted light sweet smokes and oily nutty nuances with growing distant mild cigar smokes. Quite bravo so far. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Oxidized yet salty and tangy sherry greet the tip of tongue and sent the bitter-sourness under the palate as the earthy honey emerged to the top. Finely coat with camphor, waxy with soft resinous before oily nuttiness surfaced. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, echoing earthy sweets and retro bitter herb candy that stays. But the precious waxy camphor and old wood fragrant mellowing out and ended lightly short, which could swing this to the top if they are able to go further. (87/21)

      B/B- 89/22

      Weighted Rate- 87pt

  7. Canucks89 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Aroma: Sweet. Hints of bonfire. Let sherry.
    Taste: Sweet. Let spicy.
    Aftertaste: Medium. Sweet. Weak ash. Spicy.

  8. funhouse scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Well, it’s still a good whisky, balanced. But it used to be one of the best drams You could get, full of perfection and still not boring.. 0h god i miss malt whisky for about 10-15 years ago.

  9. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    [Blind Tasting]: There is definitely a high percentage of ex-BC in the game, but not exclusively. A certain sherry lace is in there, although finely woven. Could it be a 4th fill butt (piglet?) Or a Craigellachie?
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pleasant nose, any smoke is not noticeable at all
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very tasty, more ex-BC notes than sherry, again no smoke
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length, pleasant, but not memorable

  10. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very full and intense. Delicious. The smoke is very well integrated.
    • Nose
      fruity smoky with sherry, sweet smell
    • Taste
      Sherry comes first, followed by fruits, spices, malt and smoke, nice oak notes
    • Finish
      Smoky, spicy with a lot of oak and some malt

  11. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  12. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  13. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] Around the turn of the millennium Highland Park 18-years old was (one of) the preferred dram(s) of all lovers of delicate and complex malts at reasonable prices (79 Deutschmark or 40 Eurobucks, I scored it consistently 90+ points), but this was before the investment group took over this fine distillery. Today the markets are flooded with high-priced releases of (mostly) questionable quality - so will the classic 18-years old edition keep up to its high image, at least?

    ...no, it does not! The nose is still good despite it misses the sherry aromas completely but both the taste and finish are heavy wood-driven and of a rather simple profile. Obviously they use the better casks for pricey special editions and compose the batches of the standard range out of what is left. ...a very short-sighted business strategy as the standard products define the image of a brand and not the one-off specials, usually.

    [May, 2021] I tasted a different batch tonight (September 2017 Batch-Rotation 17/A211) and it is almost of the same sub-standard quality with missing sherry notes and too heavy bitter-astringent woods which significantly reduce the drinking pleasure so I reduced the score by another point on every dimension. I would not buy such a bottle even for just 50 Eurobucks, actually I would not buy any bottle of this at all. Why should I drink something I do not really enjoy, just because of the brand name? Come on, I am not stupid.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the fine traditional HP profile with honeys, fruits, heather flowers and herbal notes. I miss the sherry aromas almost completely - obviously they reduced the share of sherry casks in these modern batches drastically, maybe to zero? Yes, you can sell sherry casks as special releases for a hell of money these days - and surely they do so, they are an investment group! Instead the wood grows quite strong upon breathing but it never gets unpleasant. This is still the great HP spirit but the cask's quality seems to have degraded significantly since the millennium...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is much simplier than the nose missing most of the complexity the millennium 18-years old offered. This is driven mainly by bitter wooden notes escorted by sweet barley sugars and (very) shy fruits and honeys. The floral notes are not identifyable anymore and there are no waxes or oily flavours at all. This is average drinking quality, not more.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives warming and with a minor coating effect on the palate before a significant bitter-astringent feeling takes place (tannins at work). The finish is medium to long and dries out quickly (the wood, the wood - again). Water is not needed as it strengthens the bitter wooden notes only.

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