Review #161. Highland Park 18yr

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)

Source: Sample

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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

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