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Highland park 18 Highland park distillery is found on the island of Orkney, the 18yo release is part of the core range and is thought of by many as a favourite. Bottled at 43% you can’t help but think it could be a little stronger.
Nose.. It starts with a lovely fresh fruity aroma, oranges and pears, then you get a subtle heather and floral scent that massages your nostrils, before long that typical highland park smoke comes trickling in.
Palate.. It has a really nice mouth feel, fresh fruit, lots of citrus peel, vanilla and toffee, you also get spices flooding in like ginger and cinnamon, coffee notes and a bitter chocolate flavour.
Finish.. I found the finish a little dull. It faded out rather quick, yes you keep the taste of the smoke but not whisky.. Maybe I am missing something.
Thoughts.. It is a lovely drinking whisky, not overly complicated but it does have depth. The only real problem I found was the finish..