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Highland Park 18 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Highland Park 18 Years Old

Brand
Highland Park
Expression
18 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
18 years old
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Highland Park Distillery
Region
Island (non Islay)
Website
www.highlandpark.co.uk
Availability
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Michael Jackson

Nose
Warm, notably flowery. Heather-honey, fresh oak, sap, peat, smoky fragrance. Very aromatic and appetising.
Palate
Remarkably smooth, firm, rounded. Lightly salty. Leafy (vine leaves?), pine nuts. Lots of flavour development: nuts, honey, cinnamon, dryish ginger.
Finish
Spicy, very dry, oaky, smoky, hot.
Comment
If I smoked I would have a cigar with this one.

Jim Murray

Nose
An empty honey jar which once held peaty embers. An enormous nose which seems to improve with each bottle I sample, though the characteristic salted butter is always present. Fabulous.
Palate
Beautifully sweet: even sweeter than the 12 Years Old with peat on the back of the palate. Beautifully chewy, oily and substantial.
Finish
Still peaty and now a little oaky. Cocoa and toffee cream compexity.
Comment
This has to be my favourite Highland Park of them all, and each new bottle I taste (this was my sixth sample) seems to underline the overall class and consistency of this distillery. Brilliant.
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