Country: Scotland
Region: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46%
Score: 94 points

Highland Park 18 Viking Pride Travel Edition. Image courtesy Highland Park/Edrington.This is a travel retail version of Highland Park’s classic 18-year-old single malt bottled at 46% ABV (the original retail version is bottled at 43%), and the only way to get an even stronger version is to visit the distillery on Orkney – the only place to get a cask-strength version. The nose is very aromatic with a gentle peatiness and notes of cherry cobbler, cocoa beans, and honey. The taste starts off with a sweet note of chocolate-covered cherries followed by a mouth-filling peatiness balanced by cocoa powder, honey, and a hint of spice. The finish is long with a gentle smokiness, soft spices, and hints of dark chocolate. A worthy companion to a longtime classic! (September, 2018)