Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.21/100
votes
312
Whiskybase ID
WB3462
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Old Label
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
333 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010314005108
Added on
01 sep 2008 12:25 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 388.41

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

48 users have left 56 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.21 points.

  1. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Shines especially because of its balance. This is how you imagine a Highland Park 18yr.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light smoke, mineral, sherry, red fruits, honey, cranberries without acid, slightly maritime. Quite complex.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Malty-sweet, sherry, wonderfully balanced, milk chocolate. Unfortunately not too much to see. The mouthfeel is syrupy, smooth, creamy. Overall, very intense taste
    • Finish
      88 88
      Milk chocolate, not bitter at all. Moderately intense and not too long.

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  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Juice connoisseur described the flavors perfectly and better than I could. If that's an 18 OA standard, then hooray. Where else can you find such a high proportion of good sherry casks and at the same time so much distillery character and quality?
    Correct:! Not at all in an OA.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A lot of HP, wood, sherry, volume, texture.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sherry-heavy HP flavors with salt, minimal peat and a perfect texture
    • Finish
      91 91
      Complex, long and mouth-filling.

  4. riven1824 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  5. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice experience to taste this almost historic bottling. You can tell right away how much this bottling has changed over the past few years. It's gotten a lot lighter over the years. But here I particularly like the intense and dark chocolateiness, in connection with the cherry aromas. Both resonate for a long time and make me sigh voluptuously.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very nice, lush, sherry-heavy nose.
      Pickled cherries and strawberries, leather, old wood, beech nuts, pipe tobacco, dried figs and apricots, roasted almonds, dried orange slices, oak seasoning. I don't see any smoke.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very nice strong and spicy attack. In the mouth it is creamy and stimulates the flow of saliva. It's fun to keep in your mouth forever.
      Vanilla, powerful oak spice, marzipan soaked in rum, dates, old man's room where a cigar was smoked the day before, dried apricots, dark chocolate and cherries, similar to the Mon Chéri pralines.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long finish. Mon Chéri, dark chocolate, oak seasoning, candied orange peel, pickled cherries and finally chocolate again and again.

  6. Gregorsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the old basement feel unique to the old sherry,malty, plastic, soft body, sweet taste,subtle raisins, high drinking

  8. WhiskyWitold scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. katarn_rb scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    No comparison to the current one... much fuller and more complex! Am thrilled
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dark forest honey, very fruity, melon and dried apricots
    • Taste
      91 91
      Orange, like syrup, some cappuccino, roasted aromas, fresh tobacco, milk chocolate
    • Finish
      90 90
      Leather, oranges and honey

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  11. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock-Dragobrat
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tried this whisky from a bottle that was opened over a year ago. At the time of the tasting, it was more than half full.
    Oxidation definitely benefited (opinion of several participants in the tasting).
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. Ghi79kiRd scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    The nose is awful, the taste is even worse, you can't drink it and don't try to buy it. Stop raising the price.

  14. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Juicy oranges, blossom honey and a hint of wax. Removed smoke from campfire. Meadow herbs, clover. almonds. White chocolate.
    • Taste
      Creamy, subtly spicy. Oranges, dried apricots, some white pepper. Milk chocolate. Wax, rosemary and a hint of ash.

  15. Aldo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I believe this to be an 03 or 04. 100% Spanish oak, 45% 1st fill oloroso

  16. Gregers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful classic HP. Delivers what it's supposed to, very enjoyable.

    Review: https://youtu.be/I7SZUU1pVAE
    • Nose
      87 87
      A bit of dried fruits, dates and apricots, also fresh juicy red apples, bitter cocoa, fragrant red apple skin, light toffee notes, a bit of vanilla, light furniture polish. Probably bourbon and oloroso sherry barrels. Light hay, a hint of something smokey, and also something woolly, like lanolin.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Surprisingly spunky considering the low ABV, it's full bodied, has a good bite, fresh. After the initial alcohol bite and light pepper on the lips, freshly squeezed red apply juice shows up with very light smoke and ginger, quite low sweetness, but there is something minty sweet, maybe spearmint, along with the apple juice sweetness. A bit of hay, some barley, a little bit of oak. Tasty stuff. Second chew is fuller and brings more toffee alongside the apple juice and mint, very chewable. Smoke and ginger spice also developing further. Third chew is more minty spice, ginger and smoke slowly taking over, very full on the palate. Some cocoa beans join in. Very good stuff, very enjoyable.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Light smoke, light ginger, some toffee and caramel, spearmint, cocoa beans, light espresso note, little bit of oak, light hay.

  17. Trops scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Excellent nutty biscuit aftertaste. 90 points.

  18. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22 23 22 22 89

  19. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    chic whisky. if not for the price - I would drink every day :)
    • Nose
      Flower honey, wax, ripe cherries, bitter chocolate with raisins, old sherry, some attic dust, ripe red apples, bananas, coffee, orange chewing gum
    • Taste
      Ripe exotic fruits, honeyed persimmon, orange peel, coriander, light and airy
    • Finish
      Citrus, some coriander and apricot pits in butter, cocoa

  20. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  21. edelmeister scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A wonderfully matured single malt. In direct comparison to the currently bottled HP 18 (2019), this one wins by far. I have rarely had such a multi-layered, complex and balanced whisky, which is also tasty, in my glass

  22. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  24. detachedblue scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The palate is almost gone, maybe a defect bottle.
    • Nose
      Meaty, soft sherry, metallic, sweet, a lot of OBE.
    • Taste
      Mellow and sweet, very watery, little sherry, orange, almost nothing, it's gone.
    • Finish
      Short, bread, red fruits.

  25. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    They don't make them like this anymore.
    • Nose
      Its fruity, its sweet, its savoury, its smoky and coastal, it's a good'un! Honey notes, burning heather with seabreeze in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet, salty and then back to sweet, the honey arrives immediately and quickly picks up burning heather, the smoke hanging around with some burning wood.
    • Finish
      Coal and smoke, some heather and sweet honey hanging out.

  26. TK6000 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. TK6000 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    There is a lot of version of the batches, it's a dynamic, fruity one.
    • Nose
      Sherry, peat, fruit, spicy oak and salted caramel.
    • Taste
      Powerful and creamy. Lot of fruits, sherry, peat and smoke, spices.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, spicy.

  30. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sherry, smoke, chocolate, moka, herbs, wax, chocolate orange cake

    Mouth: bold attack, quite thick, everything from the nose with sherry waves, each wave adding flavours, first chocolate, then coffee and afterwards raisins.  Other dried fruits are added as well plus maple syrup, dark honey and tobaco leaves.Finish: not the longest but the transformation of flavours on the mouth lasted quite long

    91

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This particular 18 year is the best I have had out of all the dumpy and flat bottle I have tried over the years.

    See my notes from last year for  different bottle that was not even close to this one.

    There are huge batch variations on quality with this particular HP OB.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  32. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    For an 18 year old this is just about perfect but there is massive batch variation on these HP bottles.
    • Nose
      Some coffee notes, milk chocolate, a little peat, red plum, a little closed.
    • Taste
      The palate on this one is very fruity compared to other 18 year olds I have had, hints of raspberry and black currant, a lovely peat infusion mixing with salty brine and the sherry is in just the right proportion
    • Finish
      Good medium length , with the fruit coming through at the end.

  33. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Not an outstanding whisky but the sum of the parts all add up.

    I actually think the flat bottle of 2007 onwards was a few points better than this.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      old leather; gentle sherry with spices; old wooden barrel; Sweetish heather honey; very little smoke in the background
    • Taste
      slightly sweetish; spices; rather dry sherry; light smoke with heather
    • Finish
      pleasantly warm; getting a little drier; lots of spices again; all pretty closely interwoven; long

  36. Landryn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  37. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    … Italian bottling ...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  38. Dede scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: Amber
    Nose: Gourmand, with a superb dominant on honey thousand flowers. The sherry is sweet and develops a very nice alliance of honey and dried fruits reminiscent of some Arab pastries (baklava for connoisseurs). Floral notes are also present, marrying this sweetness (Turkish delight). The aeration reveals a nice woody as well as peeled and mixed fruit (fruit salad in fact) while the dried fruits pass in the background.
    Palate: More power than suggested on the nose. The palate is relatively woody, but also creamy, creamy and greedy. Dried fruits (dates), honey, bitter oranges, a touch of dark chocolate.
    Final: Ongue and intense to its 43%, it grows on dry sherry and woody end.
    Conclusion: A very nice HP, which must go well after a good meal if the dishes were not too strong, because it is not here heavy artillery, but a nice little sweetness .

  39. mds51 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Raisins, flowery, light grapes, kiwi, caramel, tobacco, pepper, honey, honeydew melon, cherries.
    • Taste
      Nutty, creamy, coffee, wild honey, caramel, light smoke, tobacco, vanilla, yellow fruit, cherries, orange peel, slightly salty.
    • Finish
      The slightly tarter notes remain in the mouth for a long time. The spice combined with gentle bitterness and a hint of smoke. The sweetness fades away bit by bit.

  40. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  41. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge V says:

    Highland
    Park 18 yo (43%, OB, 2004)

    Colour: vibrant gold (?) Nose: wow!
    Again lots of flowers and honey, but
    with lots of added fruits like banana,
    pineapple, melon… Superb. Smells
    like a fruit salad with honey. Hints
    of wood and caramel, Really fantastic.
    What freshness! It smells almost like
    a great Sauternes. Mouth: oh yes,
    Highland Park is more like this. Creamy,
    nutty, fruity (mirabelle, quince jelly).
    Lots of light toffee, cappuccino,
    Bailey’s (or rather like an
    Alexander). Lots of strong honey (chestnut,
    fir). Keeps developing on lavender
    creme, crystallised oranges, dates…
    Superb, even if very smooth. Long
    finish, on candy sugar. Always a winner.
    88 points.

  42. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    There are bottles (Italian import) which are slightly darker in color and aroma.

  43. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I love the old school sherry influence in this one. Much more sherry than in the newer version from around 2012.
    • Nose
      Plum, raisin, apricot, caramel, tobacco, cherry, orange and kiwi.
    • Taste
      Plum, tobacco, leather, raisin, caramel, cherry and peat. With water a little banana.
    • Finish
      Plum, tobacco, chocolate, caramel and peat.

  44. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. Dionysus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Highly aromatic - real Whisky !

    You can immediately find real old Sherry casks which give this spirit adventurous depth and richness.

    You can nose this forever but at the same time it is so appetizing, you could drink it right from the beginning as well!

    Every component is accessible at any point - over time it only gets more and more aromatic.

    Certainly one of our favorites!

    ... ...

    Unfortunately HP does not produce this quality in their (e.g. 18 yo) Whisky now (2014) - I sincerely hope that this may change over time and that there will be some real quality Whiskies for an affordable (the actual 18 yo is around 100 bucks I presume?) price from this distillery.

    Because this old one is simply profound quality!

    Ask the cask.

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs, Wolfi Wolf, Piep Linkerton, Wootan Hippo van Rheen and Ururu Ruh (especially Ururu, who normally does not enjoy single malt, fell in love with this).
    • Nose
      Old Sherry cask, oranges, fresh peeled oranges, lemon juice, tangrines (peel), cherries, cherry jam, plums, pickled plums, plum jam, dried apricots, raisins, honey, chocolate (noble milk and tart), cocoa powder, mocha, heavily roasted coffee bean, some demarara sugar, toffee (in combination with coffee and/or chocolate), leibnitz wholemeal and chocolate cookie, abrasive milk,furniture polish, wood, spices, brandy bean, cognac, hair spray, balanced alcohol, leather bag;

      ... and as well (but not a tiny bit separated!): peat, maritime and coastal notes, pepper, salt, lubricating oil
    • Taste
      peat, lemon juice, peeled oranges slices, some honey, blackberries, blueberries, cherry, plums, hints of rhubarb, dark chocolate, old Sherry cask, 'old' flavors, long lasting, fiery as well, espresso powder, cocoa powder, spices, wood, cognac
    • Finish
      orange, dark chocolate with a certain sweetness, old Sherry cask, plums, brandy beans, cognac, wood, spices and some herbs, hints of honey again, peat

  48. The Macallan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A Christmas fruitcake with bonfire
    • Nose
      Pure: smokey, fruitcake (diluted: some floral notes combined with a fruitcake)
    • Taste
      Pure: Soft, smokey, sweet flavors (diluted: more floral notes and spiced sweetness)
    • Finish
      Warm, spicy, smokey, woodspices, peppery

  49. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1 again on 29.08.2014.
    • Nose
      deepest cocoa, cognac (sweet), Espresso, darkest chocolate, freshly peeled oranges, mocha, old leather bag, cherries, very deep, cigar tobacco, raisins, with rum raisins covered orange pieces, acacia honey, chocolate coated coffee beans, hints of spicy smoke (... becomes more …), Sherry cask opens up: beautiful and aromatic, ... you do not get enough of it! ..., Pattex, freshly roasted coffee, subtle and round vanilla (incorporated), flat dark brown Christmas cookies (?), cherry jam, caramel pudding, roasted almonds and nuts, lemonade powder, softness ...
    • Taste
      fruity-sweet tingling, citrus, leather saddle, smoke comes (heavy, full), initially certain freshness, Cognac, a lot of chocolate (fine-herb), pickled plums, cherry, old clothes, old billiard hall, vanilla pudding, iced coffee, at the beginning inklings of honey, petrol, charred wood, hints of peat, skin of smoked fish ...
    • Finish
      citrus, ginger, cognac (full), sherry cask, chocolate (dark), some smoke, pickled plums, some tobacco, pear skins, grape skins, grapes, wood rises directly on (spicy, 'rough'), tobacco leaves, honey & fruits late pepper, 'dream dram', ... also some salt, walnut shells ...

  50. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    great Highland Park! tasted with Aby
    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
    • Nose
      peat, briny, floral and white pepper
    • Taste
      chocolate, spices, liquorice and floral
    • Finish
      malty, grains and honey

  51. aby scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very nice whisky indeed, good balanced and complex  88p

    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  52. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sadly I don´t have the latest HP18 bottling here to compare it to this one. But from my memory I would say that I liked this old bottling way more.
    • Nose
      Sherry right from the beginning. A beautiful mixture of ripe grapes and sweet blood oranges. Then some honey, vanilla and caramel. Underlined by light peat smoke and a rich oak spiciness. Very mature and complex nose with a hint of salt.
    • Taste
      Smooth start, soft and mellow. Then heavy oak kicks in with quite some spicy bitterness. Behind that there is old sherry. Bitter chocolate with grapes and nuts. No peat anymore.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish. Just a little dry with quite some bitterness lingering on. Maybe a touch of peat, but hardly noticeable.

  53. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    One of the finest and perfectly balanced spirits out there!

    Huge atmosphere ...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  54. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  55. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    a wonderful Whisky, perfectly composed and balanced.
    • Nose
      Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel sweetness, overripe plums, hint of cherry, sour drops, Cognac ... 
    • Taste
      fresh wood (tart), vegetables, citrus, chocolate, coffee, plum, paper, leather ... 
    • Finish
      long, warm, not too bulky, 

      but a game of most flavors of the taste, 

      and again wonderful chocolate, wood, dark fruit sweetness - 

      long lasting.

  56. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the old one the best one, just very good.
    • Nose
      an empty honey jar,which once  held peaty embers. salty butter.

      burnt honeycomb.
    • Taste
      beautiful sweet ,honey,oaky tones
    • Finish
      some citrus,heathery notes, oak ,cocoa and peat, long and rewarding

  57. Feusi scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant mixture of sherry and wood and smoke. Balanced with complex spicy honey and peat, very nice. Pleasant and very well balanced. In the longer finish, sherry, malt and oak, with a slightly peaty smoke.

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