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Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition Review

19th September 2018
Review of the new Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition.

Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel EditionThe Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition sits at the top of the new Highland Park travel retail exclusive range.

Matured primarily in sherry seasoned European Oak casks, this is simply a higher strength version of the outstanding Highland Park 18 Year Old available in the domestic market. The special Highland Park 18 Travel Edition has been bottled at its marrying strength, 46% ABV and of course like other Highland Park expressions it is naturally coloured, taking it colour only from the casks it matured in.

The Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Travel Edition is presented in a 70cl bottle and packaging which has been inspired by the distillery's Orcadian roots and Viking ancestry. Rather attractively priced around 98 considering the lower strength domestic market 18 year old expression is often priced over 100.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A deliciously enticing mix of Highland Parks aromatic ashy smoke and heather honey, salty butter, toffee, cherries and apricot.

Taste: Deliciously rich. Honey infused with orange, cherries, apricots and raisins, some lovely dark chocolate coated toffee, a little pepper and cinnamon and of course HP smoke.

Finish: A little citrus and smoke, honey fades to leave some lingering oak.

Comment: Having been a frequent traveller now for longer than I care to remember, around 10 years ago the Highland Park 18 year old would have been my most regular purchase from travel retail and I even recall the price then at the airport around 42 a bottle but sadly it disappeared from the shelves at the airports in favour of various short lived creations from the Orkney distillery so it is fantastic to see one of the best and still affordable to drink whiskies they produce back on the shelves of the airport shops and with the added bonus of being bottled at the slightly higher strength of 46% ABV. It is a pity they didn't take the opportunity to bottle it in a 1 litre bottle for travel retail but you cant have everything and its simply good to see it back on the shelves of the airports.

I have known the Highland Park 18 to be smokier over the years but as is the very nature of Scotch single malt whiskies, no two batches of any whisky is 100% identical but the Highland Park 18 has managed to keep its quality very high over the years and this new travel retail expression is no exception and at 98 at the airport it is not only higher strength but also cheaper than you will pay for the standard expression in the domestic market. It is still the classic must try Highland Park expression. Certainly worth picking up on your travels.

SMW Score 91/100

Look out for the new  Highland Park Travel Retail exclusive collection next time you are passing through the airport but if you have no plans to travel in the near future you will find the current Highland Park domestic core range as well as some limited edition releases available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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