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Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.67/100
votes
279
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
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 132.66

49 × in wishlist

279 × member ratings

826 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

26 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. 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. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A beautiful all-rounder, where nothing stands out, but nothing bothers. A good, balanced thing, for me the smell and the finish is a little stronger than the taste. Overall, it doesn't really suit my taste, but Highland Park 18 is certainly well done.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first thing you smell is the famous Highland Park heather, followed directly by light smoke. Slight sweetness, delicate floral aromas (lavender) and butterscotch. All of this is very balanced.
    • Taste
      83 83
      A little orange, light sherry, a little smoke, with caramel, honey and vanilla. Slightly light, but very round.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length and balanced. In the finish, the caramel and honey really come into their own.

  4. Auriverdes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    without water, with a little water orange marmalade is added

    Conclusion: as always rock solid, very pleasant combination of balanced sherry notes and heather. No noticeable change to older batches
    • Nose
      Toffee + caramel, subtle heather smoke, balanced, round, oak flavor, small sulfur edge, some cocoa, plum jam
    • Taste
      balanced sherry, oak + subtle smoky note with a floral touch
    • Finish
      Medium, here too the combination of light sherry and subtle smoke, smoldering oak, some wax, plum and furniture

  6. Furosin scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      very fruity, subtle smoke, caramel, slightly spicy, dried fruit, apple, floral, oranges
    • Taste
      86 86
      oily, with a very fine tingling on the tongue, malty, slightly sweet, spicy, some smoke, honey, oranges, herbs, lemon, vanilla
    • Finish
      86 86
      ang, nut, honey, vanilla, chocolate, slightly bitter

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    First you feel the balance between peat, pine needles, wood. Then the citrus rises, lemon peel, orange pulp, all enhanced by a very fine, almost grainy peat. Finally honey appears. Mountain honey, acacia, which perfumes. Smoke shows up. In the mouth, an ocean of honey. Vanilla, chocolate milk. Very spicy spices, nutmeg, ginger. The finish is rather long, charcoal and woody. It's good, but not to the point of justifying the price displayed.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  10. wako93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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 ..

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