Highland Park 18 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Highland Park 18 Year Old
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One of our all-time favourites, this has to be one of the most consistently excellent malt whiskies of the past 10 years. Showered with awards and praise from all quarters, it was named as 'Best Spirit in the World' by F Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal in 2005. Unfailingly excellent, especially after a good meal. Pacult wrote: 'After 25 years' experience, it fits my profile of what makes a perfect whisky, which is to say it's totally in harmony, there are no rough edges and everything is melded together brilliantly.'
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
18 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Island
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honey Honey
  • Toffee Toffee
  • Stewed Fruit Stewed Fruit

Highland Park 18 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Gavin D Smith for Whisky Advocate

    Introduced to the Highland Park portfolio in 1997. Gentle peat, soft toffee, floral notes, and honey on the beautifully fragrant nose. Superbly balanced on the velvety palate, with brittle toffee, stewed fruits, peat honey, and a hint of coffee. Smoke and more toffee and mingle in the long, elegant finish.

    94 Points

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Natural colour, burnished gold, clear and bright.

    Aroma: Rich, mature oak, top note of aromatic smoke.

    Taste: Rich, full flavour; honey and peat.

    Finish: Soft, round and long

    Comments: Highland Park 18 Year Old is an exceptionally fine whisky that builds on the world-class reputation already enjoyed by the 12 Year Old.

    All the Orcadian hallmarks of Highland Park are here - the smokiness, the peat, the heather-honey - plus it has gained a glorious richness and spiciness through its longer cask maturation.

    Its elegance and smoothness make the 18 year old a delight to the malt whisky connoisseur.

29 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    5 January

    Got bottle of this for Xmas and wanted one for ages. Deeply dissapointed. Everything I like about the 12 has gone, very little character and quite harsh to drink. Not as dissapointed as I am about 18 glenfiddich small batch but equally uncomplex and characterless, surpassed in quality by lagavulin distillers at 70% the expense

  • 5
    19 July 2015

    My favourite whisky along with Glenmorangiw 18 year old but the Glenmorangie is still a realistic price . The Highland Park has priced itself out the game and is not worth more than Glenmorangie 18 year old. Greed has got the better of Highland Park !!

  • 4
    8 May 2015

    Overpriced, but very good :0 Highland Park are obviously doing well, the price for anything above their 12yr old is going through the roof. I thought $150 was a little outrageous here in Aus, now th e price is $180, gimmie a break, good dram, but the 12 year is more complex and I can get better aged sherried drams for less, sorry HP you''ve lost me with your price...

  • 5
    5 May 2015

    picture sitting in front of a fire place with friends and family. Enjoying old stories, laughing and reminiscing of the good old times.. I recommend this to anyone who Can shell out 140. Its a wonderful smokey whiskey, the best ive had.

  • 3
    5 April 2015

    Little underwhelmed by this. It was the first Hp I have tried and found it smooth and silky but without much else going on. Don''t get me wrong it''s a fine well made dram with some good flavours but it''s lacking the complexity you normally find at this age statement. I won''t be purchasing it again but will happily explore their other offerings.

  • 5
    19 October 2014

    HP18 is one of my favourite whiskies. But I now see the price of HP18 has gone up by 50 % between Nov 2013 and now - Oct 2014. I purchased at bottle at the Distillery in Nov for ?62. Now it''s ?95. What in god''s name are they drinking at Highland Park? This is crazy...

  • 9 December 2013

    Color: Gold tan Nose: Sweet grain. Softer than the 12 and 16. Lighter peat but still has influence. Cherry stones and toffee sweet sourness. Taste: Praline sherried walnuts! Chocolatey light black liquorish. Cherry stone syrup and nip of heat from alcohol. Finish! Sweetness fades to cinnamon spice, liquorish savory with ribbons of sherry sourness and sweet peat stank! Good Stuff! 91 Pts.

  • 6 October 2013

    tried this at the whiskey exchange show..it was 1 0f 4 of my personal favourites. if you like smooth mellow and no harsh medicial after taste , then this is your winner..

  • 22 November 2012

    A beautiful whisky,,,,to good to share!

  • 17 November 2012

    The best

  • 20 June 2012

    If you enjoy whisky not buying this incredible single malt is doing yourself a major disservice, especially at this price.

  • 2 December 2011

    Balance. Just pure balance. I could drink this forever. If you haven't had it you must. I can't say more.. except Sláinte!

  • 20 November 2011

    This is the 12 yo taken to massive heights. It is balanced, offers incredible complexity and lingers on the palate for a long time. It's great value for money as well, delivering what very few whiskies at the same price point can.

  • 13 July 2011

    Over the last 25 years, I've tasted whisky from about 60% of the working distilleries in Scotland, most of the blends, and a handful of Japanese and American whiskies. Highland Park 18 YO is simply the greatest whisky I have ever tasted. Magnificent nose, a palate that is both complex and balanced, and a finish like no other. a sublime experience bottle after bottle.

  • 15 June 2011

    The balance is the key to the glory of this whisky. The fruit, honey and smoke exist in perfect harmony. It's amazing that not only do they create such a balance, but can reproduce it consistently from bottle to bottle. Bravo!

  • 1 April 2011

    Tasted this while on a couple of days holiday at the Forest Hills Hotel Loch Aird. I can only say it was superb, with sherry,Honey,and a very light peaty taste.haveing taken the twelve year old for a number of years this is ten times better.

  • 30 March 2011

    I love all types of whisky: sherried, smoky, peaty, briney, floral, honeyed, spicy - you name it, if it is a good version of its genre, I will happily drink it. This one has all these things - in balance. None dominate, all blend together. It is a bit like some of the better Japanese whiskies - but seems a tad more authentic and a lot cheaper! £50 very well spent!

  • 28 February 2011

    Perfect, a beautiful dram!

  • 14 January 2011

    An easygoing single malt with smoke, salt and sweetness all in a perfect balance. Indeed, unless you heavily dislike smokiness or saltiness, you'll certainly find Highland Park 18yo at least drinkable. However, whether or not you'll love it will depend fully on how much you appreciate this kind of smoothness. Personally, I tend to prefer more adventurous, rougher whiskies. 8 out of 10

  • 11 January 2011

    While this one is too good to (care to) describe, I will try... The smell: stables and leather, glue, autumn leaves. The taste: nuts, smoky wood, vanilla, a pinch of ginger and peat; sweet but not too sweet.Awesome.

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