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Highland Park 18 Year Old - Viking Pride

(70cl, 43%)

Highland Park 18 Year Old - Viking Pride

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Highland Park 18yo Bottling Note

Highland Park's 18 Year Old enjoyed a redesign in 2017, receiving livery inspired by the wood carvings from Urnes Stave Church and a new sub-name, "Viking Pride". The Orkney single malt remains the same as before - rich, complex and supremely delicious.

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 - Viking Pride Reviews


The new name Viking Pride (who are you trying to impress?) is just lame. The new bottle design also is lame (as if you were masquerading a cheap tequila via a way too fancy package).
Worse still, the whisky does not taste as amazing as it once did. Maybe it’s you tarted up the product that need to be tarted up. Or maybe it’s truly off. Won’t ever be buying again.

20th July 2020


This used to be a great whisky. All is lost

28th June 2020

Bring back the Dumpy Bottle

Well said below in 'What the hell happened to Highland Park'. The marketing department has gone mad when the product should speak for itself. I thought the old dumpy bottle was simply beautiful and always looked distinctive on my shelf. To me the whisky is still excellent, but the product range is bewildering with absolutely no information about the actual whisky to help you decide how to choose. I have stopped buying HP simply out of frustration with the hype.

21st June 2020

Probably the best whisky in the world

Dont get fooled by the strange marketing, this is a class act. There are better whiskys for certain occasions, but over all HP18 can't be defeated. Consistent quality.

2nd May 2020


Great Whiskey but the old 18 year is a bit greater whiskey

1st May 2020

Not a serious whisky. Frivolous and over priced.

Viking Pride? HP whisky should do the work itself without having to be given a ridiculous name.

24th December 2019

What the hell happened to Highland Park?

Who doesn’t like Highland Park? Used to be the refrain of every whisky drinker I knew. Then they lost their damn minds, deciding they were a Marvel Comics tie-in product. The bottles and labels got absurd, the quality of the actual whisky fell, it’s all over the place, and it seems as if they’d be happier making “Odin’s Fire Cinnamon Schnapps.” Edrington ruins everything it touches.

17th December 2019

Not as good as other HPs

Nose: dried meat, musty whisky warehouse, rum, leather. Palate: leathery, gingersnaps. Medium finish, smoke emerges on palate as does a generic sweetness. A few drops of water mellows out the meatiness. This whisky had such an odd balance and was just so-so. I much prefer the NAS whisky in the Viking Pride range (Svein, Valkyrie, Einar, etc.), as well as the 12yo.

6th October 2019

Good but fall short of HP's great

Bought a bottle from the Whiskey Shop at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Came back and opened it but the cork was brittle and crumbled. Was also disappointed with the testing that was a bit off with a yeasty sour aftertaste. Loved Highland Park whiskeys but they should have stuck to making the great whiskeys instead of hyping up the marketing to leverage on their reputation.

21st August 2019

Think I missed the golden age of HP 18yo

Very much overhyped and not worth £100!! Maybe I haven't asked previous versions of this but it really is nothing special at the price point. Wouldn't turn it down but won't be adding this to my shelf. Maybe HP should invest more money in their whisky rather than fancy bottles and giving their whisky daft names.

23rd July 2019

Expected better

Good without being great.

26th May 2019

Best ever I love it

I need to find someone to send to USA

5th January 2019

Very good on the palate, disapointing final.

After 10 minutes in the glass, you gave a very nice smocky caramel smell and a hint of Wood. On the palate, again, the attack is very sweet with caramel notes and a gentle smock, but then, the final comes very woody and you have this bitterness that stays quiet a long minute. Considering the price, I will not pay this much for a whisky not perfectly balanced.

9th December 2018

A lot better than Glengoyne 18 in fact.

The Glengoyne 18 is nowhere near as good. I'm drinking them side by side right now in fact. The HP contains older whiskies than 18, it is evident from the smoothness and refinement. The 18 Glengoyne isn't rounded and is all heavy vanilla wood and sugar. The 18 Glengoyne is good, but it's 30 quid cheaper for good reason.

17th November 2018

Is this as good as the previous bottling?

My review is for the previous bottling of HP 18. It is sublime and marvelous. Don't know about this new one though.

17th November 2018

Good but not Great

£106 for an 18 year old is ridiculous!!Glengoyne 18 is £33 cheaper and just as good!!

28th October 2018

Not much bang for your buck.

This used to be one of my 'go to' whiskies. I was never without a bottle on my shelf.

Firstly, the whisky seems to have changed. It's still fruity and it still goes from sweet to dry which is the HP signature, but it used to have a definite hint of smoke which was missing in the last bottle I had. It also tasted younger to me. Which ties in with what an earlier reviewer said about it having older whiskies in the blend in the past.

I think other reviewers who have given it 5 stars and claimed people giving it low scores are trolls just need to try more whisky. As for scores of 99/100 on distiller. That sites not really for serious whisky aficionados and it's based on the old HP18 from 5 years ago. Straight off the top of my head I could name a dozen single malts that are better and cheaper than HP18 of 2018.

20th September 2018

Great whisky, too expensive.

It's a lovely whisky and certainly one I would recommend if the price allowed it. Taking the price into account, there are whiskies of equal quality and taste for far less. Taking the cost/value into account, I can't give this whisky more then 1,5 stars.

11th September 2018

Good but can get better for same price

Overpriced stuff.
Yes it is a good whisky and I would recommend trying but wouldn’t pay £110 for it.

6th August 2018


A truly great Scotch Whisky. Those people giving low scores would be better advised to try garage distilled vodkas perhaps.

18th July 2018

Didn’t Love It

Was expecting something more, don’t get me wrong - good tasting whiskey but did not blow me away.

17th March 2018

Fantastic drink

The top rating whisky of all time on Distiller, with 99/100. The votes here of 2.5/5 are from trolls.

9th March 2018

Did they really change the 18 scotch along with the packaging?

I tried HP 18 five or so years ago and enjoyed it. It’s not in my top five, but it was still worth the price at that time at 4/5 or maybe even 4.5/5. Now, the price has went up and the packaging has changed. I was thinking about giving it another go, but I want the same quality as the old stuff or better, especially for the extra cash. If anyone knows for sure or has tried both versions recently, please post a review. For now, I’ll just grab another bottle of either Glenlivet 15, 18, 21, or Macallan 18. Cheers.

1st March 2018

Mixed feelings.

Not sure about this one. On the one hand - it is a very good whisky. On the other, I think I liked the old 12 a bit better than the "viking pride". That's why I'd only recommend it if one does not care about price at all. That said - for the price - there are much better options out there. And if one wants to taste a good HP - I'd recommend looking for the old version of the 12 or, better yet, the old 18.

16th February 2018

Like the new packaging, will assess the contents!

I'm told that it is not the same single malt of the older bottling. Something about the older one containing some 40 yr old in a blend. Is this true? If it is not the same malt the price is way out of whack!

24th November 2017


One of my all time favourites 🥃

30th October 2017

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