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Overall rating
87.22/100
votes
1582
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Label
Distillery Manager
Bottle code
HEF016
Barcode
5010314005108
Added on
19 Aug 2007 5:58 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 137,08

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

202 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.22 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The HP18 is a finely balanced malt with lots of details - it does not clink with its aromas, everything wants to be discovered. How beautiful could he be first with 3% more ... Yummy! ... and clearly the smokiest from the standard range (12, 18, 21, 25, 30)
    • Nose
      very clear maritime airy nose, fragrant sweet hay, sun-warmed chamomile flowers, sweet herbs, heather, white honey, clear apples, orange, lemon, mango, fine smoke of an outgoing meadow fire, after a while milk chocolate and strawberries
    • Taste
      oily-sweetish, monstrous medium-strong smoke, very clear, mineral, a lot of pink grapefruit, very tangy in the mouth, clear apples, mango, clover sweetness and sweet chamomile, lime blossom tea, dark chocolate, ginger, white pepper; Smoke and pepper warm and fill the mouth
    • Finish
      medium-length, clear and fine, something of everything, the flowery (clover) notes stay long, the pink grapefruit and the apple and mango sweetness, as well as the fine smoke of fresh Kokelndem grass fire ... beautiful!

  2. Vince' scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Difficult to take apart, a burned down earthy note, some vanilla and some orange as well as orange peel, blood orange, slightly burnt caramel and many herbs. Sherry flavors, if any, are very reserved and have not occurred to me yet. A slight bittersweet chocolate note I mean to hear and generally a good to hear acid is persistent to feel. Taste: Subtle sweet with a minimal vanilla, soft with only a very slight tingle. Again, a burnt caramel and an earthy / smoky note can be felt. The sweetness remains and something like apple and light grapes come to my mind, but also the herbaceous aroma front paves the way to my taste buds. In the mouth, I rather think of sherry barrels, if only proportionately low. A bit of bittersweet chocolate, lots of herbs and some blood orange and orange shades make the finish. Real bitterness is not to be found, but the grades he has to offer are interesting. Conclusion: Slightly more vol.% Alcohol would certainly be good for the malt. He does not mess with his flavors and his current price will be responsible for not getting me a bottle.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, rarely so elegant smoke experienced, very nice mix of some directions.
    • Nose
      Very warm, aromatic, pickled raisins, ripe peach, jam bread, cakes & hints mango / exotic
    • Taste
      Peat, some smoke and salt, but all very elegant in the sherry, berries, orange marmalade, some inger anise
    • Finish
      Medium to long, soft, round, delicious, apple and orange stay on the tongue

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Having drunk 2 or 3 times a long time ago never impressed me as much as he was praised. And even now - yes, delicious, but the current 90-100 € he would not personally worth it, because I found the directly before tasted 12er almost interesting.
    • Nose
      a little sherry, some dry smoke, mainly spicy, cardamom, cinnamon ... a drop of water still tickles fresh hay and some citrus fruit
    • Taste
      creamy chocolate, pepper, some salt, moderate, ashen smoke, in between fruit, associations with wine gum and grapefruit
    • Finish
      medium length, chocolate, mild peppery, some ashes and grapefruit bitterness

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: a small amount of smoke, some saltyness, caramel, honey, oranges and woodspices like nutmeg and a little pepper.
    Taste: very full, oranges, spicy (pepper) and nutty. Also a bit too dry tasting as far as I'm concerned.
    A long (and too dry) finish which is nutty and spicy and very heavy on wood notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Butz75 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. craide scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Great HP, the floral notes go well with the sweetness. Alcohol content fits in my eyes well. Beautiful balanced whisky with light bitter notes at the end.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Clearly recognizable maritime nose, very slightly salty, fresh hay, grass, beautiful floral note like a fresh summer meadow, a few herbs to some honey sweetness. Green apples, lemon, fine smoke with a nice hint of chocolate
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very pleasant mouthfeel with a slightly oily character, as well as slightly salty with sweet malt. Then nuts, vanilla. Smoke is a bit stronger for me on the palate than in the nose. The fruits are also good.
    • Finish
      86 86
      something short for me again. Fruit fades quickly, the smoke stays a little longer. At the back, I still feel a slight bitterness, of coffee or dark chocolate, but is not really long, I could say it exactly.

  9. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Wonderfully complex and balanced. For me, this malt is well balanced and delicious. The balance of aroma, flavor and smoke is just very consistent.
    Tastes really good!
    • Nose
      Sweet; malty; Sherry; In the "empty" glass I also had a nice subtle smoky note, which I initially did not taste at all.
      In Blenders' glass, I also have a nice oak note, which I did not have at Glencairn at all. Same applies to a beautiful, tender heather note and a subtle, fresh herbal note, which I have only in Blenders' glass. The sherry note is also much more pronounced in the Blenders' glass and it shows a small spice note
    • Taste
      Sweet first, then a nice spice. Then he is briefly slightly sharp and tingling. It shows a distinct sherry note, a beautiful round oak and a soft malt note. This is accompanied by a light, subtle and dry smoke, which blends in beautifully and does not blend in with any of the other flavors. Later comes a little touch of citrus and a nice nut.
    • Finish
      The finish is long. Sweet at first, then comes the smoke slowly and discreetly. A clear oak shows up, which lingers in the mouth for a very long time. It shows again briefly but clearly recognizable the herbs from the aroma, followed by a hint of citrus and then an uplifting, distinct Nussigkeit. Even a malt note is clearly visible to me. In between, there is always a spicy mix (I would say cinnamon)

  10. Mr. D. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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