Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Pride
Stated Age
18 years old
First-fill sherry seasoned Eur and Am. Oak Ca
Batch 2020
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0238C L04 27/07
Added on
19 dec 2020 9:32 pm by 2ndSip

Average value

€ 136.00

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.37 points.

  1. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Judging on 3cl, I couldn't tell its age. It could well be the 12yo version. The nose was good and recognizable though, with characteristic light peat, heather and honey.
    In the mouth it has an okay balance after leaving it to rest, but I miss depth there. Finish is fine with a great maritime ending. All in all sadly a let down for this classic expression. Highland Park, at least for the official bottlings, is finding itself on a slippery slope.

    Thanks for the sample, Frans!
    • Nose
      From the start, pretty quickly recognizable as a Highland Park. There's light peat, some smoke, grilled meat, pepper, apricot, blood orange, maraschino cherry, citrus zest, raisin, dark chocolate, vanilla custard, heather honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Rather thin but more punchy than the nose, which was easy going. Leaving it to breathe takes away some of the sharpness. Again light peat, heather, iodine, pepper, seasalt, apricot, ripe banana, kiwi, citrus zest, dark chocolate, toffee, sultana, honey, vanilla, pistacchio and some minerality too.
      Okay balance, with some sharpness that needs to mellow out. All I need now is some depth! I wouldn't give it 18 years if I didn't know beforehand.
    • Finish
      Medium length with a maritime focus. Very salty. Soft smoke, brine, heather, salted caramel, licorice, sultana and honey.

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  3. Mverhoog scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Stouby scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Vault with Martin Markvardsen, HP Senior Brand Ambassador.
    Golden. Nose: Vanilla, dish, fruit. Taste: Caramel, vanilla, dried fruit. Medium body.

  6. 2ndSip scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    nice aroma on the nose; initially a little thin in taste, then more viscous with the second sip; but the malt lacks a little more "push" for an 18. The malt would look 46% better.
    Still a delicious malt.
    [91 - 87 = extremely tasty -> I'd better get a second bottle]
    • Nose
      90 90
      light heather aroma; Orange, apricot, sherry aromas (but not too much), cherries, raisins; Walnut/almonds, milk chocolate.
      Blossom Honey, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon.
    • Taste
      88 88
      dark fruits, peppery, spicier than on the nose; nutmeg, cinnamon. "Sherry Herbs". Tannins occupy the tongue. dark chocolate.
      2nd sip: heather, orange, apricot, more viscous than the first sip. Again spice and herbs; overall more sherry notes in the taste than in the nose; still not over it. honey, caramel.
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length. dark chocolate. oak flavors. Cold smoke from the heather. Tongue appears covered by tannins. The dark chocolate turns into dark chocolate with more cocoa content.

  7. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    22 22+ 20 21 85+

    Tasty, soft, but where is the aftertaste? A good topic for a drink, nothing more, but it's a pity ...
    it turned out it was already 18 years old, but where are they, sorry? ....

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    i last tried the 18 HP in March 2021 and scored it 87p average, this bottle had just been opened and is a 2022 bottle but no 2022 bottle page so putting the quick review on here.
    What can I say, what has happened here, this bottle is much worse than the one i tried last year, a manufactured taste that is so boring I can honestly say at £100-£120 a bottle the quality to price ratio is dreadful. The balance is there because nothing stands out but it is so one dimensional you just feel like you have paid your money and being cheated.
    Poor, leave this alone and get 2 bottles of Bunna 12 with change to spare or if you time it right 3 bottles of Bunna 12 because the younger Bunna is streets ahead of this rubbish in terms of quality, flavour and of course price, I know because i had a bunna 12 before this HP.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. volta1313 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    N22 P22 F23 B22

  10. besar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A friend had me taste this blind. I didn't recognize it as a Highland Park and was rather thinking "what can this be that has a PPM comparable to Springbank but doesn't feel Campbeltown"? After being told what it was I was quite shocked, as this seemed barely better than what I recall from my last time with HP12. This thing feels hollow and lacking in complexity now, especially compared to HP21 which now reminds me of how the 18 used to be a while back.

    I would not buy a bottle of this now, not even if they cut the price back by half.

  12. eselsim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    WLW 2021

    Coming back to this dram again
    More rounded, with less character than earlier bottlings

  13. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Deeper amber to brown.

    Nose: Oaky, less smoke, caramel, vanilla, light stone fruit.

    Palate: Sweet caramel, campfire, honey, graham crackers, nice oak.

    Finish: Pepper, oak bitterness, dry, spicy, long.

    With Water: Sweeter, creamier.

    Overall: Dry, oaky, and austere. Not hugely impressive but good enough, with a great, spicy finish.

  14. tester1277 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I love the highland park. Unfortunately for me the 18 year old is behind the 12 year old.
    The reason for this is that, in my opinion, everything (aroma, taste and finish) is overall milder and flatter than the 12 year old.
    And for the price of the 18 year old I can buy three bottles of the 12 year old :)

  15. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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


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