Highland park distillery is found on the island of Orkney, the 18yo release is part of the core range and is thought of by many as a favourite. Bottled at 43% you can’t help but think it could be a little stronger.
Nose.. It starts with a lovely fresh fruity aroma, oranges and pears, then you get a subtle heather and floral scent that massages your nostrils, before long that typical highland park smoke comes trickling in.
Palate.. It has a really nice mouth feel, waves of fresh fruit, lots of citrus peel, vanilla and toffee, you also get spices flooding in like ginger and cinnamon, coffee notes and a bitter chocolate flavour.
Finish.. I found the finish faded out rather quicker than I expected yes you keep the taste of the smoke but not whisky.. Maybe I am missing something. ( re visited..) the finish was much better, more of what I expected, lingering spices and fruity notes.
Thoughts.. It is a lovely drinking whisky, fairly complex, with lots of depth. a great example of what highland park is all about..