Highland Park 18 Year Viking Pride
Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland
Tasted September 30, 2021
Rating: 19*/23 Bottle kill tasting here. Only a few ml left, so this isn't going to be much of a tasting. I'm giving it an asterisk because of the tremendous amount of oxygen that this bottle received. N: Smoke, peat, apricot, some mild vanilla, a hint of coconut. Faint sulphur, but it's OK. I'm having trouble picking a ton out here, but it's a very balanced and enjoyable nose. P: Super smooth and approachable. Smoke, glacé apricot, wood spices (cinnamon, light clove, ginger). A bit of peat rolls in with some minerality that is a little salty and maybe even a hint briny. This is a complex and deep palate, though it tastes a bit weak. The balance is immaculate. Possibly a touch of coconut, but I might be imagining that. I feel like I should be getting some vanilla in here somewhere. F: A tad watery with some lingering burn from the spice. Maybe there's some coconut in the wateriness? Mild smoke and peat remain. Mild apple. A bit of a let-down here, but not bad - Conclusion - If I had to choose between this and Highland Park Wings of the Eagle (17) right now, it would be a bit tough actually, but I think I would land on this. I think I'm going for an 18 or 19 then, but keep in mind that this bottle was open for a couple years and was low for a lot of that time. I expect that I would rate a fresh bottle more highly. Searching my shelf for anything else to compare this with, I find Lagavulin 16 (19). I find that to be closer in quality to this than the Wings of the Eagle was. My final rating for this tasting is going to be a 19.
120.0 USD per Bottle