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
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)
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.