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Highland Park 18 Years Old 70cl 43°

Distillery : Highland Park / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 20620

Highland Park 18 Years Old is a great spirit bolstering the exceptional reputation of the distillery. It is probably the best whisky in the official range of Highland Park distillery.

This Single Malt has received numerous positive critics such as New York Times Magazine: "Deep aromas and taste sensations enchanting the senses. Brillant, splendid." or from Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal "Nothing less than an aromatic miracle".

Highland Park 18 Years Old results from a combination of Sherry casks (40%) and Bourbon barrels. The higher proportion of Sherry casks in regard of other whiskies in the range gives it more complexity and aromatic intensity. Its floral character is evocative of some heady, floral perfumes.

This18 Year-Old version possesses an amazing nose where the wood matches the fruit: sherried notes, candied walnuts, roasted coffee and spices (cinnamon, ginger). The mouth leaves a rich, tasteful sensation and the finale opens up on spices, liquorice with an edge of peat. A pure delight.

159,00 € tax incl.

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Features

Volume0.7 L
Net Weight0.7 kg
ABV43 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryHighland Park
CountryScotland
RegionOrkney
Age18 years
MaturationSherry & Bourbon
PeatNon Peated
PackagingCase
Reference:20620

Highland Park is the most northern Scottish distillery, and overlooks Kirkwall town and the famous Scapa Flow.


At the end of the 18th century, Magnus Eunson, pastor and famous smuggler, would have distilled whisky where the distillery is now sat. He used to hide stocks of illegal whisky under his pulpit. Highland Park doubled its production capacity in 1898, 10 years after being purchased by James Grant from the Glenlivet distillery. It has been part of the Highlands Distilleries Groups since 1937.


5 key elements contribute to the success of Highland Park Single Malt :


  • The hand-turned malt completes its aromatic and balanced character;

  • The aromatic peat imparts a seducing and generous floral sweetness to the malt;

  • Chill-maturation magnifies its sweetness;

  • The oak casks account for the complexity and unique richness of the malt;

  • The cask harmonization grants consistency and balance.

Colour: brown gold, bright and shimmering.

Nose: rich and subtle with harmonious notes of oak, flowers (lillies, violets), honey, apricot, dark chocolate over a prevailing aromatic smokiness. Evolves onto slightly smokey malted barley and pipe tobacco.

Palate: rich flavours full of honey and heather. Firm with strong peaty aromas, from which spices rise (nutmeg).

Finish: round and full, nuts and almonds hints underline the maturation in Sherry casks. Lingering onto heady scents and heather honey.

95/100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013.

Gold Medal, Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky, International Spirits Challenge.