Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Pride
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Aug 2017 4:12 pm by indonorsk

Average value

€ 160.46

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.49 points

  1. CST1986 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I've loved the HP 18yo since I've become a malthead and bought it as my 2nd or 3rd full bottle in a little shop in my village around 2002. I've always loved the intermingling of sherry, peat and really well integrated age that makes this dram so complex and sophisticated. The "Viking Pride" theme may be a bit of a weird marketing stunt that is absolutely unnecessary when you have a product of such high quality. I guess this marketing stuff makes this whisky surmount the 100 quid mark - which from a connoisseurs' pov is also unnecessary. In spite of that I'd still buy a bottle.
    • Nose
      Rich complex barley, wild honey, white nougat, burning heather, herbs (bay leaf, lavender and thyme) and a wonderful aroma of roasted coffee. Really quite a complex and beautiful composition, there are good casks involved. No water needed. This noses older than 18 years and unlike any other single malt.
    • Taste
      Cool and oily mouthfeel, getting richer, with a bit of bite just attacking the tongue after a few seconds. Very rounded, but never generic.It's a beautifully aged, dry and rich malt, with notes of stout ale, burnt raspberries infused with caramel, mint tea, something savoury like herbal butter spread on some nicely grilled beef, heather honey and soft, leathery, earthy peat whispering in the background and giving this whisky structure and complexity. You can really feel the beautiful marriage of good quality sherry and bourbon casks and showing off a textbook Highland Park distillery character.
    • Finish
      Long, on soft dry peat, sea salt and honey. Just very, very good.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Complaining about HP has become commonplace, and understandably so. But sometimes it's also misplaced. I've tried this 2017 batch against a 2016 and a 2002 bottling, and it had far and away the best nose. So, yeah, all the marketing gimmicks get on our nerves, but occasionally, the whisky is still pretty fucking good.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruit; Sherry; Sweet; Malt; Pagan; a hint of nut and a hint of citrus
    • Taste
      Spicy; Oak; Sherry; Malt; Nut; soft and round; Fruit; the oak wonderfully discreet; fruity; Nut becomes stronger after a long time in the mouth
    • Finish
      Oak, a hint of tobacco; a lot of spices; it remains a tobacco note and a bitter note, almost coffee, but it passes; Nut is really strong and clear; it gets a little bitter; a hint of citrus; only now do I notice a hint of smoke for the first time (quite discreet and beautiful); a decent campfire stays a long time

  4. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    50ml bottle available in December 2021. (The batch that arrived with cask strength no.2)
    The contents are better than the impression it was two years ago.

    Nose: Very balanced fragrance.
    Probably like a double condensed version of 12 year old.

    Taste: supreme enjoyment.
    Extremely supple without irritation, the sherry cask taste is very rich, full of dried raisins, caramel, freshly baked bread, orchid-like aromas.
    It is followed by an elegant smoky, again sweet smoked with honey.
    Compared with the past impression, the smoky smell seems to be less heavy.

    The mouth is full of diverse flavors with a long aftertaste.
    When you take another breath or drink some water, the wonderful aroma in your mouth seems to reappear.

    For a long time, taste has not been the biggest problem with this bottle of malt, the problem lies in the price and marketing methods.
    In short, if you have the opportunity to drink it, enjoy it!
    I am sure it will never disappoint.
    90 points for the total taste and 1 point less for the price factor, for a total of 89 points.

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose has a complex and deep profile with notes of roasted coffee, smoky honey cake and heather flowers.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is pretty oily and beautifully balanced with hints of burnt orange zest, smoky nuts and dried apricots.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium-long with lingering smokiness with burnt white flowers and gentle menthol nuances.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Checked with the distillery This bottle code is a 2019 bottle.
    On the nose we have Ginger and chocolate with some barley sugar and a note that reminds me of old lucozade, with hints of sweet peat.
    On the palate there is a lot going on, plenty of spice, hints of orange, Christmas cake, Christmas spice a little peat.
    The finish is quite long remaining spicy.
    I remember getting a few bottles of the new 18 on 2007/8 and thought it was lovely but this is not even close to that, decent enough but 3 of the 12 year OB in the h2h I have just completed are better than this.
    That being said it is still decent but not worth the asking price, that is for sure.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Smoky nutty honey cake with heather, dried apricots, ash, burnt apples and menthol.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22,t21,f21,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Sampled during Whisky Weekender. A lot more fruity & citrusy shining through comparing to 12 and 15. Peat smoke was tamed to an acceptable level so the entire experience now is way more balanced.

  9. molpet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Heather, honey and spices combined with a light smoke. A Highland Park as we all know and love. A true classic!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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


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