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Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.67/100
votes
175
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Pride
Bottled
02.2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/A37
Barcode
5010314005108
Added on
14 Aug 2017 4:12 pm by indonorsk
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 117,41

37 × in wishlist

175 × member ratings

549 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 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. wako93 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    very smoother paints without big rough edges. Is very sweetish, hardly any wood or tingling on the tongue. Smoke is very discreet. you can do it ..

  3. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, herbs and grasses, pine needles, mirabelle plums, melon, some lemon, a minimal sign of smoke
    • Taste
      Honey, sweet muesli, apple, very light grapefruit, some pepper

  4. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Highland Park 18 "Viking Pride" - Instills in me the same opinions I had about the previous 18. Incredibly well balanced and lovely sherry notes all muted by an unnecessarily low ABV. A subtle, complex dram that triggers a rather strange comingling of pleasure tempered with regret. If only...

  5. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

  6. Jeig scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very well aged whisky at 18 years, you can taste it. Balance whisky and no sharpness at all. I can sip it everyday and definitely buy again.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Amber colour. Raisin, creamy, chocolate, hint of smoke. The smell is rather reserve when first opened, but it just gets better and better every time you come back.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sherried, oily, honey, fruity, vanilla, very well-rounded. Well balance whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long development, hint of smoke, chocolate, sweet and bitter finish

  7. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Forgive me I do not know what batch or year this is from.

    From a sample.

    Some rubber and gun smoke. Dried berries. Camphor. Cola and peat. Seems like some sulphur in there. It’s not very clean and rather flat. I remember it being better, but maybe it’s just me.

  9. Maltsingler scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Glenjasper scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

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