This is the 18 year expression from Highland Park’s core lineup which is bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Thick cherry (very cordial like), heavy honey with pronounced heather notes tucked away in the malt. A bit of fresh dough and very subtle smoke emerge after a bit.
Palate: Cherry notes quite strong throughout with vanilla, heather, lavender, and a nice spice from fresh cracked black peppercorns.
Finish: Bread dough with mild oak and only a hint of the cherries remaining.
Rating: 88/100 – One of my favorite OBs from Highland Park as it’s always consistently very good.
Value for the money: I used to have a place by me that retailed this for $91 which was a steal in my book. However, the prices slowly crept up (along with all other HP OBs), and now it retails for $130+. It’s a harder buy at that price, but I’d still consider it as I really enjoy this one.