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Highland Park 18 Year Old

Highland park 18

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@sorrenReview by @sorren

9th Sep 2015


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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..


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Victor commented

@sorren, how long has your bottle of Highland Park 18 been open? It makes all the difference in the world.

From my experiences with this whisky, I would not expect it to bloom into its full flavours until the bottle is open for at least 4 months. There is a lot of discussion on Connosr regarding this observation. Several people who were initially all about, "Why do people go crazy over this whisky? My bottle doesn't have much flavour!" became, "Oh, now I see what they mean." after they gave it a few more months in the open bottle.

4 years ago 0

sorren commented

Victor, I am not sure how long the bottle had been open, I know my first sample was a bottle I finished about 6 months ago and 2nd sample was from a bottle possibly opened 2 months ago. The actual whisky was fine and had plenty of flavour, it was only the finish I found dissapointing.. I know the highland parks open up after time, I found that with my very first 12yo, I was amazed how much it changed.

4 years ago 0

thedramman commented

I have to agree regarding leaving it for a while. Certainly gets better every time I go back for more, though it won't last long at this rate!

2 years ago 0

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