Highland Park 18 (Early 2000's)
Added on Friday, Feb 23, 2007 at 06:37 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Islands
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

"round shoulder" 18 year is 45% 1st fill Sherry Casks and 55% refilled Sherry Casks.

Was around $80 when available. 

Member Ratings and Notes

Always a great go-to.  Excellent peaty treat.  A must-have for any bar or casual single malt drinker. 

Maple syrup and ripe fruit nose, smokey and oily, full bodied.  Highland Park 18 is to scotch, as Jimmy "Super-Fly" Snuka is to wrestling. 
It's a fantastic Scotch that will be pleasing to almost any Scotch drinker's palate.  Still it's not exceptional.  
I should note, I tasted the new oval bottle.  It is not as good as the old 18, which I would give an A-.  This one is a sweet nose with lemon cake and a little candy cane.  The palate is cake with a little mint.  The finish is light and smooth.  Not as rich and complex as the old Highland Park 18.  Disappointing in that regard.  Very refined and easy to drink.   
My classic go-to bottle.  I like the older, dumpier bottle better but not by much.  This is just great, sweet, coal smoked whisky with very nice malt/barley tones with vanillas perfectly integrated into the sherry sweetness.  Might deserve an A- if it was more....explosive. 
An old favorite.  Dark tarry sherry notes mixed in with whiffs of smoke and red fruits.  Agreed with Dave, the older bottlings are better.  The best of this stuff is in the "slanty shoulder" bottles where the sherry is much brighter with some nutiness. 

n:  A bit farty.  Antifreeze.


p:  Still farty.  Honey, almonds. lemon and funk.  Finish sticks around for what it's worth.




n: dense prune, hint of coal smoke, and dried lime and tropical fruit.


t: dark fruit, honey nougat, smoked pineapple. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter/dry wood. Touch of peat and burnt grass. Smoked, salted almonds in the delicious finish.  [B+/B]

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