highland park 18Highland Park 18 is one of the core expressions in the renowned Highland Park Scotch whiskey lineup. Founded in 1798, Highland Park is one of only two distilleries located on the Orkney Islands – the other is Scapa. The 18 Year Old spirit was twice named the best spirit in the world by F. Paul Pacult, so it’s got that going for it. Let’s take it for a spin.

Highland Park 18 shows brilliant colors of gold and amber and has a full aroma of mature oak and toffee with just a touch of smoke. Flavors range from dried fruit and honey to heather, mild peat and spice. It’s remarkably smooth on the palate, with a rich roundness that leads to a soft, dry finish. This is good stuff.

The balance of sweet and dry, all tied together with fruit and hints of smoke, yields a very complex but drinkable whiskey. The Highland Park 18 is interesting enough as an after-dinner dram or a companion to a nice cigar, but its easy-drinking qualities make it a lovely daily drink, should your budget allow for it.

– 43% Alcohol by Volume
– $90

CE Rating; ★★★★★


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