First released in 1997, Highland Park immediately found favour with whisky writers and enthusiasts all over the world. It is a perfectly balanced single malt with a toffee sweetness and a mouthwateringly smokey finish.
It was awarded the ultimate accolade in 2005 and again in 2009, when US spirits writer F. Paul Pacult named it "Best Spirit in the World". He states; "After 25 years' experience, it fits my profile of what makes a perfect whisky, which is to say it's totally in harmony, there are no rough edges and everything is melded together brilliantly."
Colour: Natural colour; burnished gold, clear and bright.
Aroma: Rich, mature oak; top note of aromatic smoke.
Palate: Rich, full flavour; honey and peat.
Finish: Soft, round and long.
The nose of Highland Park 18 Year Old displays characteristic toffee sweetness and an almond nuttiness reminiscent of marzipan. The finish is a prolonged, full, smokey aftertaste.
“Soft, with dried fruit, butter tablet and sherry. Silky-smooth, rich and complex. Slightly sweeter than the 12-year-old, with some chocolate, heather, polished wood and Moorish spices. Complex and rewarding." Handbook of Whisky, Dave Broom
“Very aromatic and appetizing. Remarkably smooth, firm, rounded. Lots of flavour development. 92/100" Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion 5th Edition 2004
“The aroma is heathery, slightly sweet with sharp peaty notes. The flavour is smoky and succulent, with traces of heather-honey and spice. Overall Highland Park achieves a most satisfactory balance of sweet and dry with dryness winning in the finish." An Introduction to Malt Whisky, Charles MacLean