Appearance: Natural colour; burnished gold, clear and bright
Nose: Rich, mature oak; top note of aromatic smoke
Palate: Rich, full flavour; honey and peat
Finish: Soft, round and long
Malt Advocate 94 points - Introduced to the Highland Park portfolio in 1997. Gentle peat, soft toffee, floral notes, and honey on the beautifully fragrant nose. Superbly balanced on the velvety palate, with brittle toffee, stewed fruits, peat, honey, and a hint of coffee. Smoke and more toffee mingle in the long, elegant finish.
(Spring 2012) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - (UB Collection,Finalist,Tried & True Award)- Brilliant burnt orange/ copper color. Majestic aroma offers sea air, malt, saltine cracker, coffee bean, light peatiness/smokiness, pork rind fragrances that are integrated. Taste highlights the maltiness and beaniness wrapped in a toffee-like flavor that lasts deep into the dry finish. Top rank maritime malt. Elegant, swank. (Mar 2015)
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - Opening aromas are of sea breeze, cigar smoke, oak and malted barley; air contact releases light caramel, fudge, cocoa bean, burnt candle wick and heather. Entry is the most complex of any whisky; midpalate soars on oak, spirit and grain tastes. The greatest distilled spirit of this generation. Buy whatever you can find.
— P.P. (11/15/2008) — 96-100 (Nov 2008)
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Highland Park 18 Year Old is an exceptionally fine whisky that builds on the world-class reputation already enjoyed by the 12 Year Old. All the Orcadian hallmarks of Highland Park are here - the smokiness, the peat, the heather-honey - plus it has gained a glorious richness and spiciness through its longer cask maturation. Its elegance and smoothness make the 18 year old a delight to the malt whisky connoisseur. F. PAUL PACULT'S LIST OF THE SCOTCH WHISKIES TO BE DRINKING IN 2007