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Highland Park 18 Year Old (old bottling)

(70cl, 43%)

Highland Park 18 Year Old (old bottling)

Highland Park 18 (old) Bottling Note

A superb 18 year old from the Highland Park distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A profusion of ripe floral notes and fresh blossom with a delectable fruit salad. Notes of honeyed exotic fruits with a little botrytis.

Palate: Creamy and full with fruit conserves and espresso. A creaminess with cinnamon and allspice. Notes of toffee with thick black forest honey with a touch more citrus.

Finish: Long and well sugared with a herbal edge.

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Highland Park 18 Year Old (old bottling) Reviews

Good but 43% ABV too low

Sweet light smoke, as good as all HP. But don’t know why bottles with 43% ABV,

19th October 2019

I like the whisky, not the price

Costs half as much at our government owned liquor stores here in Sweden.

If any of you visiting, check the website of Swedens state operates liquor stores (Systembolaget)
As there are plenty of bargains compared to shopping online.
Ex. Longmorn 16 is 58£
Glenlivet 18 is 58£
Macallan 12 Sherry Oak is 44 £

1st October 2019

Like it

Quit rounded. Touch of smoke on the sweetness.

29th September 2019

Yes, Yes, Yes!

The price is still forthcoming...

8th November 2018

Liquid happiness

The best allrounder money can get. But get an old batch, and give it some time in glass.

8th February 2018

Good but not as good as it used to be and overpriced

I've had a bottle of this on the shelf for a while that I brought from MOM that I popped the cork on last night.

This would be my third or forth bottle of HP18. When I first brought it I think it was just over £50 a bottle now it's £110 a bottle.

Has the whisky improved enough to justify the price ramp?

In a word 'no'.

Don't get me wrong this is a very good whisky and if money was no object I'd always have a bottle of it to hand. But it's not the same as it used to be.

On the nose it's mostly sweet notes, barley sugar, marzipan, baked apples.

On the palate those are present along with some grassy and herbal notes. The flavour profile actually reminded me of a Japanese whisky somewhat.

It still does the sweet to dry thing, although less so. The finish was shorter than I remember. The hint of peat smoke this used to have was almost entirely absent.

Still a very drinkable whisky.

I won't be buying another bottle anytime soon however.

Highland Park are owned by Edrington group who also own Macallan. They're doing a similar thing with HP that they have done with Macallan. Which is a shame. Releasing lots of NAS whiskies. Charging a premium for their aged whiskies. Taking a loyal fan base and rinsing every last penny out of them. I see that the HP have been re-released in horrible bottles with silly names 'viking pride' etc.

If you look at similar quality whiskies to the HP18 such as Lagavulin 16, Old Pulteney 17, Talisker 18. Different flavour profiles but similar levels of maturity and complexity in flavour. Those whiskies are sold at around the £50-70. There is nothing about the HP18 that justifies a £40 difference in price.

I've given this 2 stars because I've factored in value for money (we are all consumers after all, so value for money is important). If I was rating the whisky alone I'd give it 4 stars because it is very good, just not quite as good as it used to be.

30th September 2017

Great

Smooth, delicate, smoky, varying smells and palates of caramel, toffee, cherry.

30th September 2017

Smooth pleasant and disappointing

Perhaps it was my sample. Perhaps I unfairly drank it last night against some much bigger, more complicated and flavorful drams (two different Mortlach 25s, a fabulous Wemyss Bunnahabain single cask -- the Diver's Scallop -- and a Pulteney 21). I was excited to try this but it simply didn't stand up. Pleasant but not complex. On the mouth, I found it floral, almost grassy and with a touch of slightly sweetish light peat. But there were no depth of flavors, nothing that made my mouth water for more. Not sure I understand the rave reviews of some reviewers. Since it may have been the circumstances, I'll give it 3.5 but that's almost generous, in my view.

21st September 2017

Fantastic

Wow. Really good

26th July 2017

A Fantastic, Complex Whisky with High Price

I tasted this whisky at the Whiski Bar Edinburgh. The smoky arrival, fruity palate blowing in your mouth and long finish was exquisite. At first, my girlfriend who sat on a chair just right beside me hated the smell and the taste of the whisky. But after a drop of water and fifteen minutes of time when she tried it again she loved it. This is a whisky that change the view who hates smoky whisky. The most complex whisky(10-18 year old) I've ever tasted along Lagavulin 16. I just take a half star off because of its unreasonable price.

25th June 2017

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