Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Old Label
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
333 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Added on
01 Sep 2008 12:25 pm

Average value

€ 350.00

33 × in wishlist

267 × member ratings

763 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.23 points

  1. edelmeister scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    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

  2. 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 ...

  3. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge V says:

    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.

  6. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.


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