£60-80, Island

Highland Park 18yo

Colour: Dark Rum

Nose: A real mixture of vanilla pods and highland toffee bars. Not too overly light however as there is a slight heat and spice to the nose as there is a strong wood smell as well. A slight wiff of toffee apples continues the sweet theme.

Taste: Smooth velvety in the mouth. Very sweet for a highland park and a definite sherry influence in this dram. Just like the nose there is something reminiscent of toffee, but this time a granddads favourite – Werther’s original. It does lack some depth of other ages of HP which is slightly disappointing for such a well thought of distillery.

Finish: Very Very smooth but quite oily after-taste almost fishy – caviar canapés maybe. Sweetness big again here with the taste of rich dark treacle sticky toffee pudding.

Price: A reasonable £60 for the age statement but disappointing flavours. That said if you like sweeter whiskies you will probably love this.


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