Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Year Old

Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


8.5/10
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$149.99
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A world champion Single Malt that could be some of the best Highland Park has to offer.

Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland on the island of Orkney. Legend has it that it was founded by Whisky smuggler Magnus Eunson in the late 1700s and that he used his position as a church officer to conceal Whisky beneath the church pulpit. Don’t assume that “Highland Park” means their Whisky is made in the Highland style. In character, their spirit is closer to a midpoint between Lowland and Islay Single Malts. Perhaps the most famous Whisky connoisseur of all time — journalist Michael Jackson — called Highland Park, “The greatest all-rounder in the world of Malt Whisky.”

Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Year Old has been named “Best Spirit in the World” by the respected Spirit Journal… twice. They are so precise about this Whisky that they even specify the exact location where the peat used to dry the malt must be harvested — Hobbister Moor. They are equally particular about the European ex-Sherry casks used to age it in precise temperate locations. It’s obvious why they call it “Viking Pride.” So, we suggest that you purchase more than one bottle while it’s in stock if you can manage it. 

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smoky
spicy
caramel
citrus zest
biscuit
cherry
zesty
floral
fruit
What does Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Year Old taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Antique Bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose is complex and filled with florals — heather and hibiscus — with cherry juice, warm toffee, almond cookies, and peat smoke

Flavor / Taste / Palate
On the tongue you’ll find a creamy texture with a lot going on… from deep stewed fruits, espresso, citrus zest, toffee, and a delicate spice blend.

Finish
The finish is nice and long with sweetness, herbs, and a touch of peat."

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Ratings & Reviews
Lee
Lee,
I like the the 12 a little better than the 18, both are very good and can't go wrong with either.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
A beautiful, complex sipper with the right amount of smoke to complement the rest of the flavor profile.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
The smoke on this is sublime. Beautifully smokey up front followed by spiciness and salt that lingers. Rounded out at the end by a sweet body that brings it all together. The smoke and the salt are very long lasting and smooth. What a dram.
 
Matt
Matt,
Delicious, deep, complex Scotch. The palate hits with peat and brine. A swish opens up dried fruits and honey, with a delicious, dark fruit finish that hangs around long after your last sip. Take your time with this one and enjoy it slowly. A truly fantastic, unique spirit.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, complex, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has a complex birth with notes of fresh blossom, heather, hibiscus, cherry juice, warm toffee, honey, almond cookies & peat smoke; while a complex & creamy life adds notes of stewed fruits, espresso, citrus zest, toffee, cinnamon & allspice; that leads to a long & rich death with notes of herbs & a hint of peat.
 
Burton
Burton,
A nice balance of fruit and smoke that makes it unique.
 
Brennan
Brennan,
Wonderful, complex but approachable, great smoke. If it wasn't so hard to get, I'd say it's one of my top 5 scotches.
 
Damian
Damian,
Very smooth start with a subtle heat/smoke flavor then the Carmel’s and floral flavors take over, great long finish.
 
David
David,
Nose 👃 ; Light but complex, florals, biscuits, toffe, some peat and oak, Taste 👅 ; Complex taste, with a sweet smokiness to start of, fruits, some florals, citrus zest, and a dash of hot spices, Finish ; Quite sharp and long, spices and peat, with some caramel, Wow! I really love the complex nature of this dram, I believe I will find new things in this one every time I try it! Not my favorite but definitely one of my top 3! 👌
 
Derek
Derek,
Somewhat disappointing for the price and age statement. I was expecting Highland Park 12 on steroids, but it seems as if this lost the profile that makes the 12 yr enjoyable to me. Still a good scotch, but not for the price.
 
Robert
Robert,
Delicious, currently my favorite. A friend during a blind tasting calked it “like strawberries and sunshine”.
 
alexey
alexey,
Delicate apricot and peach on the nose with a hint of brine, oak, chocolate, and sandalwood. Fruity character plays well with a hint of smoke and caramel on the back. Pallet is complex, with smoke coming out first, and sweetness and fruit developing later. Sweetness is intermingled with salty notes, and all tied well together with delicate peat and fruit. Aftertaste is light smoke with ripe fruit and caramel notes. A few drops of water develops more sweetness and freshness. Overall very smooth, complex, and satisfying. One of the best complex whiskeys.
 
guest
guest,
My favourite whiskey so far. I’m still new in this world.
 
Jasson
Jasson,
A very tasty dram. Light on the nose - a bit herbal, some toffee. Did not really taste the peat that everyone seems to report - but then again, I've been into heavily peated scotches lately. The finish on this is pretty amazing; sweet and truly pleasant.
 
Alan
Alan,
very smooth a little sweet
 
Brock
Brock,
This is an ideal scotch with peat. Not enough to overwhelm you, but enough to say you've just enjoyed a freaking great 18 year old whisky.
 
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