|Highland Park 18yo|
I bought this whisky after accumulating some in-store credit with a particular bottle shop here in Australia. I had previously tasted the whisky and choose it on the basis of my fond memories (as well as an underwhelming range of whisky in store). Whether it was my over-reaching expectations (admittedly it was a very long time ago when I tried this expression and I have tasted a lot more whisky since then), but I found the experience a little disappointing. I am not really sure what I was expecting, but this is what I found…
Nose: the Sherry influence hits immediately, dried fruit, Christmas cake, orange liquor, vanilla, maybe some cinnamon and oak. Your nostrils don't take a beating with this whisky so dig your nose in deep. The smoke is very subtle, almost undetectable. You can sense the whisky is delicate.
Taste: very supple and soft as the Sherry flavours form immediately. In the back and sides of your mouth you feel a salty citrus bite that almost feels youthful, but is probably the peaty-iodine influence. It is somewhat contradictory to the Sherry flavours dominating the front of the mouth. I wouldn’t say this whisky is short, but not sure I would say it is long either. Its age obviously makes it a very smooth dram...I am thinking you could drink a lot of this (responsibly of course)!
Overall, the Highland Park 18yo is incredibly delicate given its age and Sherry finish, making it incredibly easy to drink. If I was to give a dram then I would rate it a subjective 5.5 from a possible seven. Would I buy it again? Probably not. For the price I would be looking for something bolder and more interesting, but that's just me. You should try it and form you own opinions!