smoky
manuka honey
sweet
sherry
vanilla
spicy
caramel
peaty
black pepper
Spiral Highland Park 12 Year Old

Highland Park
12 Year Old
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Rich amber.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Sweetest peat around with hints of orange, sherry, vanilla and cinnamon.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
The peat becomes stronger and the malt kicks in. Oak, lemon and vanilla are also present with some spices tingling around.
 
Finish
Long and rich finish with waves of different sensational flavours.

Flavour Spiral
Smoky, Manuka Honey, Sherry, Vanilla, Fire, Dry, Sweet, Caramel, Peaty.
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Highland Park 12 Year Old is adored for its smoky, manuka honey, sweet and sherry flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Highland Park distillery, Island.

Based on 219 votes, the average rating for Highland Park 12 Year Old is 7.6/10.

Top reviews for Highland Park 12 Year Old:

— The perfect mix of smoke/peat against light flavor. My favorite single malt scotch.

— Stunning

— My favorite Scotch period.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Highland Park 12 Year Old

(0.7l, 40%)


7.6/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Highland Park 12 Year Old
Gary
Gary,
The perfect combination of peaty and smoke, one of the best iv tried so far.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Similar to Glenfarclas 12, this bottle needed to sit for awhile and oxidate to get rid of a little petrol funk. Once that smoothed out, you truly are left with this beautiful sample of everything malt whiskies have to offer: a little peat, delicious rich sherry fruitiness, robust maltiness, and plenty of other flavors all nicely married.
 
John
John,
The perfect mix of smoke/peat against light flavor. My favorite single malt scotch.
 
Ro
Ro,
A little too smoky for my liking, but a solid scotch nonetheless.
 
Brian
Brian,
Definitely a more peaty scotch. Pretty smooth, wonderful flavor.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Love this, too, and am very disappointed that they've discontinued it for the Viking Honour. (Which is also damn good whiskey, but why they had to junk this one ...) It's lightly peated, and the peat is a bit sweeter than the Islay peat, so it's not all smoke and bother.
 
guest
guest,
Nice balanced note, lots of vanilla, honey, butterscotch, peat and Smokey. The new Highland Park has more spice then the old version, which has more sherry notes.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
A bit sweet but enjoyable.
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
Salty with discrete peat, some oak and sherry notes, medium long finish
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Very delicate smoke, rich sherry smell and flavor. Long finish raisins and again delicate smoke. Seems older than it is. Great value for money. My top 3 whisky for sure.
 
guest
guest,
excellent
 
John
John,
Stunning
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, sweet, just a hint of smoke and a spicy finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A remarkable dram, one of my favorites!
 
guest
guest,
Sweet butterscotch peat, caramel transitions to sweet smoke finish.
 
Danny
Danny,
Overall decent scotch. Like the smoky sweat taste but can’t hold a candle to some of the Islay scotches I’ve tried.
 
Kelly
Kelly,
Take the ferry across the North Atlantic to Stromness, disembark in a mist of rain and sunshine, taste the salt spray on your lips, then dry out next to a log fire at the nearest pub while catching up on your copy of the Orkneyinga Saga. Only then will you truly unlock the mystery and complexities of an island Scotch such as this.
 
Michael
Michael,
An easy drinking go to
 
guest
guest,
Great
 
Michael
Michael,
Too sweet for my taste
 
guest
guest,
Solid. Good amount of smoke without being overwhelming
 
arthur
arthur,
I found it disappointing
 
Jon
Jon,
Enjoyed the smokey yet smooth flavor.
 
Corrado
Corrado,
Too strong of an alcohol finish. Overly sweet
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Not my normal whiskey but picked up a bottle on recommendation of a friend. Didn't like it until I paired it with smoked brisket (beef) and then the peat and smoke flavor really shined!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Sweet spicy nose with a hint of smoke, and a blend of spice and honey with some salty notes.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Smiley, sweet whiskey.
 
Jason
Jason,
A good tasting whiskey and ideal if you are in the middle about a peaty taste as it's not as strong as some. A good middle ground.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Peat, some floral/grassy notes, and brine in the nose. On the palate it's sweet smoky honey. Mouthwatering body and finishes with more smoke like burning leaves. Overall pretty good, but somewhat one dimensional.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
On of my favorite affordable single malts.
 
Jared
Jared,
My favorite Scotch period.
 
guest
guest,
Nice basic whisky with a combination of sweetness and smoke Nose - honey Palate - not too complex or full - sweetness honey - smoke Finish - old wood - smoke
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth, nose is fantastic, balanced. It lacks some depth and real power and taste. For this money good and a classic malt to have. I prefer this above most € 30 Whisky but it loses to a Old Pulteney 12 even with the bucks extra you have to pay for that one.
 
guest
guest,
Smoky and smooth
 
Bob
Bob,
Nice blend of a sweeter whisky but with a pleasant smoky undertone. Adding to my bar.
 
guest
guest,
Very nice for around a $54 dollar bottle
 
Iain
Iain,
Nice and light. Seemed a little smokier the second time I had it, but nowhere near as smokey as an Islay. Might be one for some one looking to for an introduction from a Speyside to the islands
 
Peter
Peter,
I expected it to be smokier. That's not a bad thing. Maybe I'm just getting used to good scotch now.
 
guest
guest,
Not my personal favorite
 
Robert
Robert,
Nice one soft tones delicate
 
Will
Will,
Nice smoked and sweet, with a taste of sherry for a boast of flavor.
 
Chris
Chris,
Different. It's like a cross between a highland and a islay.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Delicious.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth
 
guest
guest,
Smokey sweet and a bit spicy, not too strong
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Superb
 
Jonas
Jonas,
Nice and spicy with alot of character
 
Kevin
Kevin,
A real good all-around experience in a single glass. It's not super complicated, but it can have as much or little character as you're interested in experiencing in any given sitting.
 
guest
guest,
My introduction to Single Malt
 
guest
guest,
Smokey and sweet, excellent.
 
Josh
Josh,
Beautifully complex. A wonderful journey from the nose through the palate with a bit of peat on the finish. Excellent! On my shelf.
 
guest
guest,
Smokey. Burn Carmel.
 
guest
guest,
Erg lekkere whisky
 
guest
guest,
Tasted a little wood on after awhile. I could smell honey. After adding a little bit of water the taste was more pronounced.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Grass
 
guest
guest,
I liked the balance on this one . Soft smoke. Underlying honey and slight saline salty.
 
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