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Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.57/100
votes
392
Whiskybase ID
WB99591
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 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/A37
Barcode
5010314005108
Added on
14 Aug 2017 4:12 pm by indonorsk
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Average value

€ 137.60

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392 × member ratings

1208 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.57 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 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

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

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Highland Park 18. Had a dram of this at 'DRAM!' Glasgow, March 2019. Aroma is old damp oak, soggy old leather shoes. Taste has the softest peat - building smoke - pretty woody ... a very potent flavour without being boozy, very full and rounded. Everything is mostly in balance but it seems a bit 'old'/musty and leafy with is detracting slightly - tastes like there might be one or two less than ideal casks included, but good on the whole. 3.4/81

  7. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. dimitrios scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  10. WhiskyTree88 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

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