Highland Park 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.47/100
votes
549
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
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 147.92

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 18-year-old

52 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.47 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Viking Pride

    When we were invited to the tasting room after our as-good-as-private tour at Highland Park distillery, this Highland Park was one of the malts we were given.
    Oh, yes, this nose is nothing short of brilliant. Slightly floral with apples and pears, a nice drop of honey and a very soft, almost delicate smokiness. I almost dare to call it sexy!
    The body is good. The taste is very good! White and yellow fruit with beautiful influences of sherry. Think nutmeg, apricot pie and dried fruit. The peat is unmistakable and creates a beautiful smoke development that is perfectly in line with the nose. The spiciness starts violently, but once the malt has settled on your tongue, it calms down again. Very pleasant.
    The finish is rather short, but with a pleasant spiciness and yellow fruit with a floral touch.
    This is completely worth its price tag of about 125 EUR.

  2. DrOmega scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Tawny. Nose with ripe fruit (apple, pear, apricot) and sweet lime on the one hand. On the other hand, a lot of sherry herbs and a floral peat with minimal saltiness. Creamy mouthfeel. The palette is in line with the nose: all kinds of fruit (pear, orange, apricot), sweet sherry spices, a hint of slightly salty smoke and also some bitter chocolate. The aftertaste gives a lot of sweet herbs and ends slightly woody and somewhat bitter like cold black tea. Compared to the previous series 18yo (e.g. 2017), the nose of the new one is fuller, rounder, sweeter and less salty-smoky. The palette of the new 18yo contains less old sherry tones (wax) and is therefore slightly rounder and more well-behaved.

  3. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. katarn_rb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A classic
    • Nose
      87 87
      Herbal notes, sherry, sweet and spicy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Leather, some smoke, sherry now stronger and surprisingly full for 43%.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Slightly crackling, he says goodbye with some grapefruit and raisins

  5. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Sampled during Whisky Weekender. A lot more fruity & citrusy shining through comparing to 12 and 15. Peat smoke was tamed to an acceptable level so the entire experience now is way more balanced.

  6. molpet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Heather, honey and spices combined with a light smoke. A Highland Park as we all know and love. A true classic!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I've tried probably 1,000 samples in the last 5 years. A Highland Park was rarely there. Time to take a closer look at this distillery.

    I'll start today with a 5cl sample of the HP 18.
    • Nose
      88 88
      blender glass

      The 43 percent is enough in the blender glass to transport enough intensity for this standard.
      At the beginning a lot of dried herbs, I have to think of a dry meadow in the Spanish summer. Minimal smoke, although I would rather describe it as fried herbs and would definitely not compare it to Islay smoke.

      After 20 minutes, a fruity sherry profile comes across, but it's not particularly exciting or intense.
      Some buttery and creamy salt comes out at the back. Menthol also waves fleetingly and shyly after standing in the back for a while.

      A nice standard, very smooth, but still an interplay is offered.

      Woodier with water, but not thinner.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Glencairn glass

      Another herbal start that turns into a slightly woody sweetness. Luckily (!) not quite as round as the nose.
      A slight tingling of salt walks across the tongue.

      With water, it is more woody here too, yet without losing volume.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is dry sweetish and medium long.

  9. GlasMost scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Viking pride is the better version of the current 18y OB. Has a lot in common with my beloved and sadly discontinued old 18 at almost twice the price.
    The higher number of sherry suit casks the malt well.
    Smooth, chocolaty, faint heather smoke, perfectly balanced.

  10. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Multi-fruity with ripe apricots, raisins and a pleasant oak tone. Tender smoky and Black Forest cake. I think it's good, but for me it doesn't quite come close to the "old" 18y
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    50ml bottle available in December 2021. (The batch that arrived with cask strength no.2)
    The contents are better than the impression it was two years ago.

    Nose: Very balanced fragrance.
    Probably like a double condensed version of 12 year old.

    Taste: supreme enjoyment.
    Extremely smooth without irritation, the sherry cask is very rich in flavor, full of dried raisins, caramel, freshly baked bread, and orchid-like aromas.
    It is followed by an elegant smoky, again sweet smoked with honey.
    Compared with the past impression, the smoky smell seems to be less heavy.

    Finish:
    The mouth is full of diverse flavors with a long aftertaste.
    When you take another breath or drink some water, the wonderful aroma in your mouth seems to reappear.
    enjoy.

    For a long time, the taste is not the biggest problem with this bottle of malt, the problem lies in the price and marketing.
    In short, if you have the opportunity to drink it, enjoy it!
    I am sure it will never disappoint.
    The total taste score is 90 points, and the price does not affect the score.

  12. Will_iam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose has a complex and deep profile with notes of roasted coffee, smoky honey cake and heather flowers.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is pretty oily and beautifully balanced with hints of burnt orange zest, smoky nuts and dried apricots.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium-long with lingering smokiness with burnt white flowers and gentle menthol nuances.

  14. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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

  15. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  17. dimitrios scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  18. WhiskyTree88 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  19. PeterBlair scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Flowery nose with a clear note of vanilla, banana, cherry, wonderfully integrated wood note with a very restrained, cold smoke touch. In the sweetness a pleasant dusty dry component, then caramel, toffee.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Unusually long and persistent aroma development. First the flowery sweetness, which is accompanied by a peppery spiciness, then the wood notes, vanilla, caramel, smoke again only as a hint.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, becoming drier, again ashy smoky note.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  23. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

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

  24. JungleDram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky for sure, some dirty edges in the nose, it gets cleaner in taste and a little less exciting in the finish. But steady and pleasant dram for sure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rich and full nose, with some dirty notes, some peat, sulphur, bonfire smoke and ash, some gazoline, salty. Then some fruitiness, apples, raisins.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Some tingling mouthfeel on the tongue, more fruity now, prunes, raisins, honey, only a very slight part of peat. Pretty smooth, yet thick, full bodied.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Smoother now, with some ash and smoke, some red fruits, honey. Middle long. Still some warming feeling.

  26. jkswift scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately a little sulfur in my batch. Why do they fill such barrels in the 18 year old ..... ?? Very disappointing.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. Mr. D. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Overall a solid, pleasant 18-year-old Highland Park, but the sherry influence in the taste is minimal, I missed it
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fine, rich with mountain honey, with the aroma of heather and meadow grasses; light smoke in the background; fruits are not sweet, plum, apple; nutmeg and a touch of tobacco complete the picture.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Continuation of the scent; oak notes are added to honey, wax and herbal motifs; citrus tones are more clearly audible; caramel and toffee - as derivatives of bourbon casks; but the sherry influence is almost not felt.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium duration; woody tones took over, a lot of oak; menthol; less smoke; honey and heather have not gone anywhere, but you get used to them and no longer notice; tobacco and coffee hints.

  29. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 86 points Expert 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.

  30. Auriverdes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  31. 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

  32. Furosin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  33. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balance between peat, pine needles, wood. Then the citrus fruits rise, lemon peel, orange pulp, grapefruit, pineapple, all enhanced by a very fine, almost grainy peat. Finally honey appears, mountain, acacia, it smells. Smoke shows the tip of his nose. On the palate, an ocean of honey. Vanilla, chocolate milk, hot spices, nutmeg, ginger. The finish is rather long, smoky and oaky. Liquorice stick, cola and earth.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/highland-park-18-yo-viking-pride-43.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  35. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  36. wako93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert 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 ..

  37. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  38. 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...

  39. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  40. 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

  41. Jackson05 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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.

  42. Glenjasper scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  43. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  45. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F21 B21

  46. AgentMunky scored this whisky 87 points Expert 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.

  47. 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

  48. Quercus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  49. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  51. 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.

  52. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

  53. CST1986 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

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