Highland Park 18 YO

Single Malt Whisky
Orkney Islands,
43% Alcohol content


The distillery was founded in 1798. The name of this whisky does not refer to the area of Scotland known as The Highlands, from which Orkney is excluded, but rather to the fact that the distillery was founded on an area distinguished from a lower area nearby. In 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of The Scotsman, a national newspaper of Scotland. Whisky reviewer and expert Michael Jackson has called it "The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky."(Jackson, Michael (1989).


House Style: Smoky and full-flavored.

Tasting Notes

Taster: 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 complexity.


Comment: This has to be my favorite 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.


2011 International Wines & Spirits Competition - Silver (Best in class)


2010 International Wines & Spirits Competition - Gold Best


2009 & 2007 San Francisco Spirits Competition - Double Gold


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