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Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.39/100
votes
94
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 4:06 pm by indonorsk
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 113,35

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.39 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. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F21 B21

  3. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    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.

  4. jazzpianofingers 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

  5. IVO15 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quick festival note but I'll admit that it's not bad at all, HP 18 seems to remain a safe spot when you're in the mood for a "bit of everything". Heather, lavender, various honeys and woods, plus that typical leathery - smoky enveloppe to round it off, making for a very cohesive whole ... which only makes you regret the proof wasn't higher. Anyway, nice job again.

  9. robain scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    • Nose
      dieselsmoke, medicinal, not really that nice
    • Taste
      sweet and soft, better on the palate

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