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Overall rating
88.07/100
votes
102
Whiskybase ID
WB15818
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 May 2010 10:53 am
Chillfiltered

Average value

€ 450.00

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102 × member ratings

259 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.07 points

  1. MichRich scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    One of the old-school sherried HPs that Mr. Michael Jackson once told us about, this is indeed a 'great all-rounder' of whiskies. Sherry, honey, vanilla, chocolate, orange, a touch of sulphur (like a recently-scratched match), a whiff of smoke, a hint of parma violets. Gosh what a pretty dram!

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Heather honey, huge earthy flavours, floral, a touch of soap (in a good way), smoky, BBQ, chocolates, dried oranges.
    • Taste
      Lightly soapy, heather honey, herb flavoured candy, farminess, little earthy peat, sweet mints, dried orange, sweeter after 10 seconds, oily, leathery, dried apricots.
    • Finish
      Long, sherry, milk chocolate cookies.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    https://www.kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=431

    Colour:
    Amber / rust brown
    Nose:
    Old sherry, tobacco, leather, some grapefruit, fresh heather, soft cardboard, grass and slightly fermented peat - fruity-fresh-tart and much more interesting than the 12yo.
    Taste:
    Fat, spicy, even hot! With chilli, paprika, wood, mocha, nuts, orange, honey, heather, mild grapefruit and hints of humidor and tobacco leaves - the part is really fun, simply delicious!
    Finish:
    Medium long - still spicy, but becoming slightly flatter, based on the fruit / sweetness. Tart, somewhat woody, penetrated with leather and still without any missing tone! Dry tobacco notes meet smoke, heather and wood. At the end there are mocha and black teen notes on the tongue.
    91 points
    N: 90P / G: 92P / F: 90P

  4. checkpointrk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Memories from a tasting ...

    How balanced!

    How gentle!

    How intense!

    Just a perfect classic Whisky!

    Wonderful.

    Even when the bottle has been freshly opened ...

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs and other cats in March 2016.
    • Nose
      Old Sherry casks with the sweetness of jams, marmalade, raisins and toffee.

      After a while smoked notes appear and even hints of round peat.

      There come also slight mineral and phenolic notes with sea air and a little salt water.

      Cognac, much dark chocolate, hints of coffee and old wood.

      Scouring powder, orange juice, lovely honey.

      Very round and balanced, later even with pralines (also with some truffles).

      Leather, molasses, sweet and slightly smoky malt. Old cellar.
    • Taste
      Completely filling with scouring powder, herbal citrus peels, marmalade, some jams, orange juice, raisins, round and mellow peat, some smoke, much honey and dark chocolate.

      Sweet malt, leather, old brandy, brandy beans, old wood with wonderful subtle spiciness.

      Long-lasting and very round with an oily mouth-feel.
    • Finish
      Intense and not too short with old citrus notes and old Sherry casks.

      Again scouring powder, cognac and raisins.

      Dark chocolate and much leather-peaty-toffee notes as well as a rounded maltiness.

      The wonderful honey again and everything is very balanced.

      Later old wood (old closet) and leather armchairs with some cigars.

      Slightly peaty and hints of soft smoke.

  6. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For FineSpirits_butler1 and me a wonderful HP!

    A sensual experience … - perfect!
    • Nose
      Pear puree, dry strawy peat, extremely fine citrus, very aromatic, tart jams, citrus peal, wild berries, herbs, sweet paprika powder, Masala powder, peppered apple puree, directions of Minestrone and coffee ground, tart honey, honey-leather, leather, wood smoke, cherry jam, orange juice, Brandy beans, noble dark chocolate, caramel cream, european Sherry cask, coarse calf liver sausage with hints of bouillon cube, Sherry, salt water, heated straw bales;then: cherry juice, peppered honey, cranberry jam, marode dry wood, hints of freshly recessed floor, old smoky upholstery, vinegar, Cognac, melted butter, dried apricots; sometimes also raspberry syrup, mousse au chocolat or hot chocolate pudding!
    • Taste
      Cognac, apples, smoke, cherry jam, honey, spiciness, citrus, pepper, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, chocopat cream, peat, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, Rumtopf (plums in mild rum), very dark toffee, dark Sherry, cask, 'Tafelspitz', Brandy beans, HP character, sweet but leathery maltiness with a little peat, orange peal, heather, also some leather.
    • Finish
      Cognac, citrus, spiciness, cocoa powder & dark chocolate, Brandy beans, honey, fruits, sweetness (also from Demarara sugar), leather, fresh herbs, banana peal, salt, mineral, 'the ocean in the throat', vegetables and green salad, Rumtopf, mild peat in the background, fruit brandies, old shoes, dry tobacco leaves, old wooden chest of drawers, sage & thyme, heather (naturally …), some smoke …; later also some old machines!

  7. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, fruity (apples, apricots, bananas), caramel, honey
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, some peat smoke, fruity (oranges, apricots), coffee, nutty
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, smoky

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