smoky
manuka honey
sherry
peaty
sweet
fire
vanilla
caramel
floral
Spiral Highland Park 12 Year Old
Highland Park
12 Year Old
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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Situated on the Island of Orkney to the west of Kirkwall, Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in the World. It was founded by Magnus Eunson in the late 18th century, one of many Orcadian smugglers and illicit Whisky producers who rebelled against the heavy excise duties imposed to finance the war with Napoleon. It is said that he used his position as Church Officer to conceal Whisky beneath the church pulpit. The distillery was licensed in 1826 by Robert Borwick, whose son-in-law, the local Exciseman John Robertson, is generally credited with routing out the smugglers. Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to use hard water. Also unusual is the use of traditional floor maltings for germinating the barley, which is then dried over a fire of local aromatic heather peat. This is the source of the heathery smokiness that is characteristic of Highland Park Whiskies.
 
Highland Park 12 YO was first introduced in 1979. It is a blend of different single malts the youngest of them being at least 12 years old. Since then it remains the core expression of the Highland Park Distillery renowned for its smooth and balanced characteristics that are more than a benchmark to many different Scotch single malts. A timeless dram that is a must have for anyone who considers himself just a bit of a Scotch aficionado.
 
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Island
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Highland Park
  • Bottler
    Highland Park
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Highland Park

12 Year Old

(0.75l, 40%)


7.7/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Highland Park 12 Year Old
Jonathan
Jonathan,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Smoky and smooth
Bob
Bob,
Nice blend of a sweeter whisky but with a pleasant smoky undertone. Adding to my bar.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Smooth
Matthew
Matthew,
Delicious.
anonymous
anonymous,
Very smooth
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
My introduction to Single Malt
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Smokey. Burn Carmel.
anonymous
anonymous,
Erg lekkere whisky
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
I liked the balance on this one . Soft smoke. Underlying honey and slight saline salty.
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