Review #161 | /r/Scotch Review #64 – Highland Park 18
The Schtick: This is an 18 year old release from Highland Park.
Distiller: Highland Park
Bottler: Highland Park
ABV: 43% ABV
Age: 18 Years
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Nose: Sweet cream and brown sugar with a good dash of grapes and some darker fruit like date fruit. There’s a faint hint of smoke that lingers and blends quite nicely.
Taste: Sweet cream and custard. Disappointingly thin mouth feel but it’s easygoing due to the proof. Lots more grape here with a bit of strawberry jam. The smoke really charges in though and makes a strong showing. Not in a Ardbeg/Laphroaig/Laga kind of way, but a simple campfire and ash smoke that just is. It doesn’t dominate or cover up and of the sweets and fruits. I quite like how well it balances and I think this is a strong showing on Highland Park’s part – its complex and all of the players are in it for the team. Nothing is clobbering another flavor to be the top dog.
Finish: Medium and smokier than the palate. It’s not hot and the cream and fruits reappear to gently guide it out to sea.
Overall: I like it a good deal. It might have broached closer to an 8 for me if the mouth feel wasn’t so thin and the proof was a bit higher, but with all of that in stride – I’d take another glass again. I haven’t tried the 15 before, nor any of the special or LE offerings but the 18 has really focused my opinion back on Highland Park.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect