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Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.92/100
votes
142
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
Bottle code
17/A37
Barcode
5010314005108
Added on
14 Aug 2017 4:12 pm by indonorsk
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 115,01

39 × in wishlist

142 × member ratings

491 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.92 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Maltsingler scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Glenjasper scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Superb whisky, together with the Bunna 18 the most balanced 18y OB.

  8. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F21 B21

  9. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I remember liking this more years ago, but ain't that the way of memory?
    • Nose
      85 85
      Delightful, rich, sweet, smoky, ensorcelling.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Dried fruits, hint of sherry(?), very refined and gentle peat. Highland Park cake.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Tarry, phenolic, and fun.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/odds-ends-nye-2018-part-2/

    Suspicion sets in when a core-range classic gets a re-branding. Branding costs, and it’s often at the expense of us and the whisky. Let’s see.

    N: Some lovely sherry casks are evidently in use, complimented by a touch of peat and liquorice Fairy Fancies. With an oaky dryness, there’s a welcoming softness overall.
    T: I’d prefer this at 46% but 43% is just about ok. Fairly well rounded in the middle stages.
    F: Clean balanced finish with that profile lingering, mainly now on dried fruits & raisins into a light peaty < dryness.
    C: It seems the price has remained just under £100, for now. Quality-wise, I’d get a bottle in sooner than later if you’re tempted.

    Scores a B

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