Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Year Old

Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


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A spectacular representation of the soul of Highland Park Single Malt.

Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland on the island of Orkney. Legend has it that it was founded by Whisky smuggler Magnus Eunson in the late 1700s and that he used his position as a church officer to conceal Whisky beneath the church pulpit. Don’t assume that “Highland Park” means their Whisky is made in the Highland style. In character, their spirit is closer to a midpoint between Lowland and Islay Single Malts. Perhaps the most famous Whisky connoisseur of all time — journalist Michael Jackson — called Highland Park, “The greatest all-rounder in the world of Malt Whisky.”

There’s something special about twelve year old Single Malts. Don’t get us wrong, there are some amazing ten year olds and NAS Whiskies out there. But there is magic threshold at an even dozen years that we really like. Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Year Old is the core Highland Park Single Malt with the flavor profile of sweetness and light peat smoke that it’s famous for with the smoothness that only time can bring. And it’s won more than thirty medals and competition honors itself, lending a ring of truth to its name.

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smoky
honey
floral
pepper
orange zest
spicy
jasmine
fragrant
toasted
What does Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Year Old taste like?

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We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas waft like perfume, filled with floral notes, fresh-cut grass, orange sherbet, and honey.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is full and deep with toasted cream of wheat, more florals — heather and jasmine — and flamed orange zest.

Finish
The finish is long with blooming wet wood and roasted pepper.
Ratings & Reviews
guest
guest,
Had high expectations for this but it fell a little flat for me. I really like Highland Park Valknut but this seemed kind of boring. Nose had some light brine with some light fruit notes. Palate started with some honey and citrus, then followed up with some lingering spice. Adding a little water really flattened it out. Didn’t get any smoke or peat at all.
 
Isaac
Isaac,
Really an all around great scotch. Ever sip is just perfect
 
Mark
Mark,
Nice peat flavor everything you want from a Scotch
 
Lee
Lee,
Very delicious, smooth, not overly smoked.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Very taste, just a hint of peat and very smooth.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Strong bite. Slight peatiness. Smoother after a splash of water.
 
Dan
Dan,
Enjoyable.
 
Colin
Colin,
A little bite. Great aroma. Enjoyed it
 
Filomena
Filomena,
My kind of whiskey! Very smooth
 
Pedro
Pedro,
Strong and yet smooth
 
guest
guest,
Awesome whiskey. So great, has so much character but very approachable
 
JEREMY
JEREMY,
.
 
Landon
Landon,
Surprisingly drinkable for the price! Very satisfied and actually excited to have a bottle for casual sipping.
 
Todd
Todd,
I usually prefer blends but this single malt was smooth.
 
James
James,
Eww
 
Steve
Steve,
Very Good. Smooth with a nice light smoke peat flavor
 
Michael
Michael,
Smoky with a fruity aroma.
 
Heath
Heath,
Great whiskey for a slightly advanced palate or someone wanting to explore more beyond base blends.
 
Michael
Michael,
Light peatiness and wonderful fruit tones
 
Chris
Chris,
While I acknowledge it is a well done whiskey, flavor profile is a bit offputting. Too briny for my tastes. Lightly smokey, with some richer, dark fruit flavors underneath. Well done, just not for me
 
Brandon
Brandon,
This is my daily all round perfection. Its peat to smooth flavor. You can never go wrong with Viking Honour!
 
Dave
Dave,
This whiskey was tasty, yet immature. I feel that while it was a good drinking tipple. it was not one to be extensively savored. It had the mouth feel of one that would go well with a mixer.
 
Gerard
Gerard,
Very good. Nice smooth fruity start with some spice taste afterwards
 
Dragon
Dragon,
This was a very good choice. You get a distinct smoky flavor that is not over powering. Smooth flavor without the heavy astringent aftertaste.
 
Juan
Juan,
Overwhelming Taste of putrid smoke. Very hard to drink
 
Dipal
Dipal,
Not a great start to the membership with this one. Rough on the way down, didn't taste great, and the flavors were lacking. Hope the next box is better.
 
Andy
Andy,
It's a pretty legit entry to the peaty flavor profile at the end. Quite drinkable and unoffensive. Glad i have it in the cabinet as something different. Good with a few drops of water and a whiskey stone to cool it down a little bit to offset the spicy and peppery notes.
 
David
David,
This is my first experience with a full bottle of scotch. It has an ok profile, but I'm not a fan of the peaty flavor profile that comes towards the end of a sip.
 
Derek
Derek,
This is the first top shelf bottle of whiskey that I've ever bought either from my local store or Flaviar. My pallet isn't as refined yet so I'll try to be honest. It was very smoky and had quite a tinglying burning sensation when it slide down my throat. I will savor this bottle for as long as possible, while it may be brutal to drink now I'm hoping that soon it will be a pleasant part of my day.
 
Adam
Adam,
First bottle my wife bought for me from flaviar! Smooth going down, semi spicy after taste with a good afterburn! A great first whiskey!
 
David
David,
Medium rim doesn't hold but leaves running legs. Golden wheat color. Nose is light heather smoke, clear salinity. Malty sweetness underneath. Palate has a slight tingle with honey, sea salt and smoke exploding on the finish. Relatively light mouthfeel that is mildly oily. Through the sea and smoke comes a very tempered malt sweetness. Finish is sea and smoke at first then sweet malt creeps in. Overall, I like it - not as good as Valknut or Wall Street, but a great everyday Highland Park.
 
Steffan
Steffan,
Not much better than your run of the mill Jack of Jamie. Good with coke and ice. Would not present to someone wanting to enjoy or savor whisk(e)y.
 
Bill
Bill,
Found im not a fan of scotch. It was to smokey for me
 
Arte
Arte,
Very boozy nose with slight smokey introduction. Strong medicinal palate that lingers at finish, numbing the tongue. Water lessens it.
 
Jon
Jon,
A super easy Scotch for the non-Scotch drinker (and for the Scotch-drinker, too!) Very smooth with just the right amount of peat.
 
Gerard
Gerard,
Smokey and slightly bitter. Better cold than straight uo
 
Michael
Michael,
Mild peat, nice character, bright and not too heavy.
 
Edgar
Edgar,
Very Smokey very smooth!
 
Robert
Robert,
I loved Stephen's NyQuil comparison for its originality, but didn't see any similarity. VH is a robust, flavorful dram, but smooth, and sweet, with different flavors on the palate that keep coming up. Years ago I had a bottle of Highland Park 12 year old that I found pedestrian and belligerent at the same time. The 15 year old was better, but pricier and I stayed away from Highland Park for a long time until this. I'll get again.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Highland Park Viking Honour tasted a lot like NyQuil when drank straight. It’s a very heavy, smoky taste that overwhelms any hint of floral or orange. Guess I’m not He-Man enough for it.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Delightfully smoky, soft vanilla apple sweetness with a beautifully rounded, salty, spicy sherried honey finish. Lovely
 
Ian
Ian,
If you are looking for a good tasting scotch this is a good one, not a great spearing with cigar tho.
 
Ian
Ian,
I like the flavor, but it doesn't go as well with a sugar as I had hoped
 
Giacomo
Giacomo,
Nice and smooth! Loved it!
 
guest
guest,
bitter and terrible. I am looking for something that tastes like Jameson Irish Whisky. Highland was not worth a buck
Meghan
Meghan,
Scotch is not the realm you want to be in if you're looking for something comparable to Jameson. Try a Redbreast or some sweeter bourbons like Longbranch.
LEONARDO
LEONARDO,
IT WAS OK,I HAD BETTER,IT WAS PEATY/SMOKEY WOULD NOT BE MY FIRST CHOICE
 
Michael
Michael,
It’s a great spirit. Great flavor
 
Scott
Scott,
I found it to have a bold smokey/peaty taste that was not necessarily my favorite scotch that I have tasted but it was ok.
 
Ann
Ann,
Found out I'm not a scotch fan. Too strong if s nose. Bitter tasting
 
Atwell
Atwell,
This is too much smoke for me and not at all what I'd expect from a Highland Scotch.
 
Paul
Paul,
Starts with sweet honey, then a bit of spice with a peaty finish. It has a nice balance without either being too bland or a peat bomb. If you are a fan of just a bit of peat but like the sweet, I would recommend.
 
Matt
Matt,
A wonderful dram for those of us who enjoy some peat and smoke flavor. Nice complexity and layers of flavor. Compared to Islay Scotches to which it is similar, this adds a unique spiciness. Quietly enjoying a dram this brings back memories of being at sea.
 
Maren
Maren,
Agreed, very rough on the palette and throat. Not an easy sipper
 
Dawn
Dawn,
Very rough to the palette and throat. Not an easy sipper. Wasn't bad with ginger. Shall try other mixtures to finish the bottle.
 
Ray
Ray,
Like a more complex JW-black. Sweet up front with a rich smokey peat flavor in the finish. Lasts a long time.
 
Rob
Rob,
Super smooth, a bit of spice on the finish.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
On the palate: A sort of tree fruit ester, mellow and slightly spicy, easy finish with a touch of smoke in there somewhere. Easy go-to, not too special.
 
Sean
Sean,
So I've only had one glass of it and I'm by no means a connoisseur but it's making me salivate and I would happily drink this daily but I still have many more to try.
 
George
George,
Decent flavor, but very rough. Not a favorite sipper.
 
Gary
Gary,
I love how smooth it is and how the flavour starts out sweet with a hint of honey and changes to a nice smokey taste. I could see myself buying more of this one.
 
Michael
Michael,
I would give it a 10 except I’ve had the 25 year
 
Matt
Matt,
Ok
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Just a hint of smoke at first that gives way to smooth, warm notes and an easy finish. I bought this one as a shot in the dark, but it will become a permanent fixture on my bar.
 
Scott
Scott,
Simple. Nothing noteworthy. Not bad but won't get again.
 
DANIEL
DANIEL,
As a lover of smoke, this scotch really hits the mark. For me, the smokier the better. This one satisfies but is not my favorite. Very smooth with almost no burn going down. I would buy again for something different besides my go to.
 
Eddie
Eddie,
I like the smoky taste but I find it too strong without too much complexity. I spent time tasting different single malts and I like peaty whiskeys. Of course, I am more of a wine drinker so my palate is not used to so much alcohol at once!
 
Joe
Joe,
To smokey
 
Steven
Steven,
Good balance of sweet vanilla and smoke!
 
Dimitri
Dimitri,
Not bad, but I am quite disappointed by this one. nose, which is pretty dry to me, the combination of the floral, zesty and smoky notes does not do it for me. The taste is not bad thanks to an ok balance between the honey and the bite, but the finish is very short.
 
Adam
Adam,
Nice balance of sweet and peat - nicely accessible, too, at most bars. The jump to the 18 year is well worth it, though, yielding one do the best single malts out there.
 
Atwell
Atwell,
Too much smoke for me.
 
Shane
Shane,
Great. Smooth. Easy
 
Chris
Chris,
Meh, nothing wrong with it but I wanted more from it.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I really don't have a refined pallet, nor am I attempting to obtain one, so take with this a grain of salt. I've likely tried 10 or so scotches throughout all my drinking adventures, and this is the only one thus far that I'm willing to purchase again. Plus, it has viking in the name -- you can't go wrong with that, right? ...I'm pretty sure it works that way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
Wim
Wim,
Best Scotch l’ve had
 
Timothy
Timothy,
It was a smooth sipper. It was heavy on the flowering wet wood aftertaste, which isn’t my typical preference. Overall, happy I tried it.
 
Charles
Charles,
I really enjoyed this.
 
Scott
Scott,
Very smooth, enjoyable. Has just the right amount of smoke and spice with some buttery aspects. Good purchase!
 
Sharon
Sharon,
Fabulous Scotch. Smooth enough to have on the rocks but enough kick for a mixed drink.
 
Cortland
Cortland,
I don’t drink a lot of scotch but this is great.
 
Joe
Joe,
The Highland Park 12yr old has a perfect blend of peat and moss flavors I look for in a Scotch. I was surprised by it, and was able to share with fellow Spirit enthusiast. They also enjoyed the great flavors.
 
Miles
Miles,
A nice, enjoyable, scotch for the right price
 
Clifford
Clifford,
I really enjoyed this Scotch. Was very happy with it. Nice smooth scotch.
 
Joe
Joe,
This one has a kick and a punch. Strong smoky peaty flavor
 
Lindsay
Lindsay,
It was a little rough in the beginning for me. But the more I drank the smoother the burn and taste!
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Sweet start and balanced sip throughout Smokey finish. Enjoyable scotch.
 
Robert
Robert,
Sweet at first and has an oaky or smoky after taste
 
Rene
Rene,
Hint of honey in the beginning, followed by a strong smoky spice. Ends on an oaky note. Overall a solid scotch.
 
Rusty
Rusty,
Wonderful Whisky
 
Michael
Michael,
Absolutely enjoying this....perfect quality/price
 
William
William,
Very sweet and smokey aroma. At first smokeyness comes in strong but not to strong still very pleasant then almost immediately counteracted with the hunny and just before the sweetness of the hunny becomes overpowering a gentle pepper with no burn going down this drink is like a rollercoaster of flavors with no down points. It's a very solid choice
 
Joshua
Joshua,
a nose full of smoky honey and dry straw; a smooth, fiery alcohol burn leading to a peaty, oaky finish that lingers on the tongue and in the nose when taken straight; a little water tones down the fire and opens up a hint of leather and caramel - I think I prefer it straight
 
Ronald
Ronald,
I don’t like the aroma only good thing I can say is the after taste was great
 
John
John,
A very smooth, pleasant easy sipper. I love this bottle! Just the right amount of smokiness to balance the honey and vanilla notes.
 
Chris
Chris,
it was wonderfull but would like to know how to get the other 65.00 worth of my quarterly investment please
 
Joe
Joe,
Not a fan of smokey bourbons or whiskeys but this one grew on you
 
Geoffrey
Geoffrey,
Makes a pleasant drink served neat. I enjoy the flavor. Don't have a refined enough palette to identify all the flavors, but a little earthy and smoky with a hint of spice. Had a pleasant burn on the finish, just the right amount for me.
 
David
David,
A good solid scotch quite enjoyable
 
John
John,
Good but could be better
 
Brady
Brady,
Decent taste, good bite.
 
Cristofer
Cristofer,
It was amazing I’m currently still enjoying this wonderful Craft of scotch definitely recommend it, I should have bought 2 🥴
 
Jason
Jason,
I am sorry to say, the taste reminded me of an ash tray or a cheap cigar. I was not able to finish my first glass. I will not dump it and will try it again at a later date, unfortunately, for now, I give this a low rating.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
To be fair, this was my first Scotch Whisky. Ever. So I will always remember the Viking, even if other whiskies prove to be more fulfilling. I had no idea what to expect. I’m committed to exploring Scotch Whisky over the next few months. What else am I going to do when I am stuck at home? (Thank you to the parcel delivery services!) I don’t hate this. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. First taste was neat. Lots of punch. Plenty of exciting, unusual things happening in my mouth (that’s what she said). Second taste after a bite of dark chocolate. Blunted some of the punch. Third taste was on ice. I’m guessing that the interesting flavor is the smoke? I’m undecided. It’s my first time—so like other “first times,” I’m not going to write it off. Here’s to the next dram. 🥃
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Fantastic. Amazing tasting notes.
 
Bobby
Bobby,
Great smoky, smooth taste!
 
Robert
Robert,
A very nice scotch. Nice earthiness with solid peat flavor. I do not remember tasting a whisky from this area in Scotland and this is very smooth with just enough complexity.
 
Bijan
Bijan,
It's not going to knock anybody out with wow factor, but its a perfectly drinkable scotch. Smooth with some noticeable peat and some subtler undertones giving it a sweetness in its finish. If you don't like peat you won't like this, but if you want to transition to some more peaty scotch this is not a bad way to go.
 
Michael
Michael,
Like this one a lot. Smooth and lots of flavors. Aroma is wonderful too.
 
Matt
Matt,
To me, Highland Park 18 is a perfect 10/10. It's a flawlessly balanced scotch. HP12 is like a junior version of that. You can tell the DNA is the same, but the younger age gives it a different character. The smooth Orkney peat is more apparent on the palate. It has an earthiness to it that turns into a light nutty, honey finish. Easily one of the best 12 year whiskies you can buy. Brilliant balance and flavor profile. Delicious always; a must-have.
 
Rocco
Rocco,
Not what I was expecting from a 12 year old scotch! Way better than any 12 year old scotch out there! Smooth and an excellent finish!
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Not a fan, smoky through and through with a heavy peaty finish. If your a fan of the smoke and peat then this may be for you.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
So smooth. Flavor profile reminds me of Johnny walker blue, not as smooth but pretty damn close with a bit more flavor to it. A great scotch to always have on hand. This was my first time trying it and I’ll definitely be getting more.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Sweet on the finish - smoky throughout. Good sipper.
 
Brianna
Brianna,
Tastes like rubbing alcohol. But it would probably be better with an older age.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very smooth
 
Joshua
Joshua,
excellent, has a nice taste too it, doesn't burn too much... not as smooth as other scotch whiskies but still great... if it was aged a little longer it would be amazing... but the value for what you get it top notch
 
Alan
Alan,
Nice drop, definitely has the desirable scotch flavor on the stronger side, smooth and even on the rocks.
 
Lew
Lew,
I found this to be a very decent Scotch. Though it lacked some of the sharper flavors of other single malts, I thought it was sweet and very smooth. My wife, who dislikes the deep smokiness of Talisker (which I like), loved the sweetness and smoothness of the Highland Park Viking Honor. We would definitely add it to the shopping list.
 
Kent
Kent,
Was not as smooth as other 12 year old scotchs I have tried. I don't know if it was the smokey flavor that I didn't like. It was good, but not one I would buy again for my flavour palate.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
I have heard a lot about Viking Honor and Highland Park scotch, and I wanted to try it for myself. It was described to me as a wallet friendly scotch with great flavor and excellent finish. Viking Honor did not disappoint, and I think you would be hard pressed (for the price) to find a better single malt. As far as tasting notes, it had all the classic scotch notes, it was sweet with notes of vanilla and caramel, yet it still carried some peat and smoke, more in line with Islay and northern scotches, but not as strong. Good stuff ;)
 
Andrew
Andrew,
I really could not get into this one. Not a fan of the smoke and peat, but that’s just not my style. If you like smoke and peat. I think this will be for you.
 
Robert
Robert,
I liked the smooth taste of this skotch. Over the rocks with a splash of water, just a nice sweet tingle of taste.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Pretty smooth and a long smokey finish
 
Judd
Judd,
Delightful and complex
 
Shawn
Shawn,
did not like this at all. do not like scotch and did not know this was scotch when i ordered it.
Matt
Matt,
Sounds like a personal problem, and not something that should affect the review of an otherwise excellent whisky. Congrats on being unable to read and being completely unaware.
Daniel
Daniel,
Smokey, kind of bites a bit more than i'd like but very tasty.
 
Chris
Chris,
Loved this scotch.
 
Jorge
Jorge,
Just awesome. Easy to taste and better. ENJOY IT A WHOLE BUNCH. will buy another one
 
Mary
Mary,
Too peaty and smokey for me. If you enjoy a big, big smoke feel you'll like this scotch.
 
Pepe
Pepe,
Knock out! This is the one that closes the night.
 
Brian
Brian,
Not a fan of Scotch.
 
Gered
Gered,
Distinct yet mellow. Everything a quality scotch should be.
 
Charlotte
Charlotte,
It’s got a very strong honey scent with some floral notes. It was very smooth and semi-sweet. There is lots of floral flavors. The later taste is a little bit of spice, but not overpowering. The aftertaste is very floral. I would drink this as a stand alone. It’s easy on its own!
 
Tom
Tom,
Too harsh and smoky. Not smooth.
 
Gabriel
Gabriel,
Nose: Peat, slight fermented fruit, salt. Palette: Smoke, dried fruit — apricots, faint sweet bread, slightly spicy — cinnamon (the spice level not flavor), faint orange rind, salt. — I really enjoy it!
 
Daman
Daman,
For a 12 year, incredibly solid. Nice smoke. Planning to try the longer aged Highland Parks next.
Matt
Matt,
Just wait until you try 18. One of the best ever.
MICHAEL
MICHAEL,
This is a nice Scotch to share with novices and experienced whisky drinkers. It has a subtle smokey flavor that appeals to both the heavy peat lovers as well as those who don't seek the peat. Definitely one to keep in your whiskey cabinet.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Smooth start with a light smokey finish. Great for those just getting into scotch
 
Jackie
Jackie,
OMG. My first smoky scotch. Very good. Smoother than I thought it would be. Complex flavors of orange peel, honey, and campfire smoke. The next night I tried it again and it tasted like bandaids. I really like it.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Solid. Enjoyable and fairly good depth of flavor. I’ll buy it again.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
my "go to" scotch. wonderfully balanced, with a little more emphasis on the smoke than the sherry, but OH so delicous.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Loved the smokey taste.
 
Gary
Gary,
Just the right amount of smoke with honey and dried fruit notes. Good flavor, but not overpowering or too much burn.
 
lawrence
lawrence,
After drinking this my inner warrior came out.
 
Rob
Rob,
Peaty
 
VICTOR
VICTOR,
It has a smooth fire to it. I like the taste and feel of it. The scene on the bottle grabs you first placing you in winter in need of a fire staring at a reindeer. Peat is the fuel for your fire and it's in this bottle. The honey is upfront beside the peat and it smooths everything out for you. The other notes mentioned in the spiral, my tongue doesn't catch.
 
Gabe
Gabe,
I wanted to like this. But I’m not a fan of peaty scotch.
 
Burton
Burton,
A solid dram that features something for everyone. A little smoke, A little fruit....tasty and worth a spot on your bar.
 
Prateek
Prateek,
Average nothing spl
 
Todd
Todd,
You get some nice salty aroma along with some sweet honey and a touch of smoke. Taste is sweet initially, but then becomes less sweet and there is some fruit and wood coming in. I recall not being a huge fan of this initially, but I think it's grown on me some. I don't know if it needs to be a permanent fixture in the liquor shelf, but perhaps I'll buy a different Highland Park to try.
 
Erik
Erik,
It does not have an overbearing taste or after taste. It is very smooth. I read review and they mentioned a strong smoky flavor, I actually thought it tasted like liquid BBQ, a sweet BBQ sauce... I like it a lot
 
Michael
Michael,
This was a surprise. A bit young, but nice malty finish with some heat at the end.
 
Brian
Brian,
This bottle has a strong smoky flavor, especially when drinking it neat. A bit strong for my taste that way. However, when I threw it over ice it was quite nice.
 
Brian
Brian,
I like to drink scotch and bourbon neat. This drink neat has a pretty strong smoky flavor. If you like that this is a good bottle for you.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Nice flavor.
 
Paul
Paul,
Smooth start that develops nicely. Great bottle.
 
Becca
Becca,
I loved this bottle!! Wide, intense flavors, meet subtle notes floating about... Simply a very good whiskey!!
 
Jake
Jake,
Very nice. Would recommend it to anyone, has a nice light Smokey flavor that’s not over powering.
 
Nic
Nic,
Simple with a nice malty chewiness to it, short on finish and complexity
 
Blake
Blake,
This review is coming from a bourbon and Irish drinker. This scotch was not at all what my palette prefers. The malted barley brings about a musty, grassy sweetness aroma. The flavor offers about the same experience as the nose, save for some added fruity characteristic. The finish is short-medium. This will sit on my bar cart for the next year to a preference taster for new whiskey drinkers.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Peaty but not over bearing. Adding ice (or water) definitely brings out the smoky tones. Very flavorful!
 
Qi
Qi,
Peat
 
Paul
Paul,
Just the right amount of smoky combined with smooth sweetness.
 
Andre
Andre,
Stays with you! Huge fan!
 
Lori
Lori,
A little smoky for my liking. However, I wanted to come back for more.
 
Justin
Justin,
Sweet, can taste the sherry casks... as smooth of the 18 yr highland park
 
Conor
Conor,
Slight smokey peaty flavor with a smooth honey-vanilla esque finish
 
Matt
Matt,
Balanced with some peat and smoke, but not overpowering.
 
Cindy
Cindy,
This may be good scotch, but I am not a scotch fan.
Richard
Richard,
Try dewars instead. That's more of a beginners scotch.
Bradford
Bradford,
Too much campfire taste for me
 
Richard
Richard,
Very tasty would definitely buy again.
 
Denise
Denise,
Too smoky for my taste.
 
Sadie
Sadie,
I’m new to scotch and it seemed odd to me at first because I typically have Rye or Bourbon but it’s growing on me. Great caramel and smoky flavor but not overboard Update: I can’t get enough of this stuff for a scotch that doesn’t break the bank. Great everyday drinker
 
Chandler
Chandler,
Not a huge fan of the smoke flavored scotches, but this had a perfect fruity flavor that lead into a nice and mellow smokey aftertaste. Was very easy to start sipping quite a bit of it in one sitting.
 
Richard
Richard,
Perfect amount of smoke, once you get past that there's chocolate-y goodness underneath. One of my favorites.
 
Alex
Alex,
so first you get the smoke then the honey then other flavors that defy description, all in all good.
 
James
James,
Smoky as all get out, amazing for sipping
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Definitely could tast the barrel, not sure if its oak, i dont just go around tasting trees. Hell of a bite, it was nice having something different.
 
Robert
Robert,
Definitely peat on the nose. Nice amber color. Sweet taste of honey on first sip with a slight peat aftertaste. Adding a few drops of water really intensified both the aroma and taste. Nice burn to warm you up.
 
tapani
tapani,
Aivan huippu hyvää!!
 
Robert
Robert,
Liked it very much. I don't mind a little peat and did not feel this one was peaty at all. Certainly no iodine. Found it quite balanced with sweetness prominent and fruity notes. To me a rich scotch. Those I shared it with also were impressed, except one or two who I guess prefer true Speysides that have no hint of smoke whatsoever. Me, I like a little complexity.
 
Erin
Erin,
The smell is great, but too much bite
 
Regan
Regan,
If you love smoky, you'll love this. A little stronger smoke than we typically enjoy, but nice and smooth, otherwise.
 
Mark
Mark,
Had a balanced peaty flavor that isn’t overpowering with honey notes. The finish was smooth and long with fruity flavors – to me, primarily raspberry and peach. – I enjoy the complexity and journey it brings to my palate. If you have a hard time appreciating this drink, you probably just don't like Scotch.
 
Jared
Jared,
Loved it the finish was not to spicyAnd overall a very smooth flavor
 
Robert
Robert,
Strong and hits all the marks! An outstanding welcome gift and one we will revisit again in the future.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Strong start for a 12 year but a smooth Smokey finish
 
Bruce
Bruce,
A very drinkable single malt. It had a nice touch of smoke on the finish. I will definitely get another.
 
Niobe
Niobe,
strong spicy gruff in the best way
 
John
John,
Big fan
 
John
John,
Nice smoke but a little peaty v smokey. Deeper Scotch flavars. Nice nose and smooth finish.
 
Carlos
Carlos,
I was expecting a more subtle taste! I found it bitter and cheap tasting!
 
Brenton
Brenton,
Another success from Highland Park. They never disappoint me.
 
Casandra
Casandra,
This is a wonderful strong Whisky. For me it starts with a light sweet flavor and finishes with a nice smoky flavor.
 
Jerome
Jerome,
Very complex, take time to experience, a broad spectrum of flavors. One of my favorites.
 
Tonia
Tonia,
Fairly sweet, couldn't really get the spiced fruitcake. Harsh ending.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
This was almost undrinkable. Harsh on the throat, almost like it was more of a fuel than drinking whiskey.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Absolutely did not like this scotch. Not smooth or pleasant There are cheap blends that are much better than this scotch.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
A solid peated single malt scotch. With a bit of ice taking the smoke off, it comes off well across the taste buds with just a hint of spicy. Reasonably priced for the quality offered. Would recommend as an option for moderate valued bar looking to have peat bottle available to offer.
 
Julie
Julie,
A bit too much peat taste for my liking.
 
Al
Al,
Eh, it’s a standard bottle.
 
Michael
Michael,
A little too smoky for my tatse, but overall it had a great nose, coloring and taste.
 
Alexandra
Alexandra,
Woodsy and smooth
 
Gene
Gene,
I'm not a huge fan of peat smoke and have never bought a Highland Park for that very reason. However, I did enjoy this whiskey. Beyond the smoke there is actually a nicely complex dram that keeps inviting you back for another sip. For my taste buds, had it not been for the smoke I would have rated this a 7 instead of a 6, I'm sure other folks would rate it higher.
 
John
John,
Smooth
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth and a relatively short light finish. For me the thing that held it back for me was the light peatiness.
 
Paul
Paul,
A good amount of smokiness with a sweet honey aftertaste. Nice.
 
Richard
Richard,
I’m new to the scotch scene so my descriptors are not as refined. After a dram of the highland, it coats the mouth and tongue. (Oily feel as I have read). It has a nice malty fruit taste that ends with a taste as though you just enjoyed a smooth Cuban cigar. I will definitely be getting another bottle.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
This was my first single malt scotch and though the smell was faint, I definitely was not prepared for the strong smokey flavor right off the bat. After a few sips and getting a helping of that smooth honey aftertaste, I was able to enjoy the overall experience.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
A little thin. Smoke is nice and subtle but not very complex.
 
Rex
Rex,
Fruity on the nose. After taste of oak. Not too harsh on the tongue.
 
Quintino
Quintino,
This is one of my go-to Scotches. Light peat, sweet honey and a smooth aftertaste. I give this to anyone of my friends that say they want to try a "peated" whiskey.
 
Kuotian
Kuotian,
This is a great whisky. It has a very distinct rich smell of sherry oak a lot like that of a McCallen 12. The taste is rich and sweet like honey. Full bodied and flavorful. I can smell a bit more smokyness by adding a bit more water, but it doesn't taste like it is peated as is. The after taste is savory and pleasant. This is not a whisky for people who like smokey or peated stuff. It is for people who want a McCallan with more flavor and depth. If McCallen 12 is that highschool sweetheart, this is she after 2 years of squatting session. A nice bottle overall.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Very Smokey but smooth it is a great pairing with my steak and potatoes
 
Eric
Eric,
Delicious. Mostly smooth with a nice fruity smell.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
This 12 year old whisky was light and smooth with a smokey flavor. Not a scotch fan but this is pretty nice! Grows on you overtime.
 
John
John,
I'm on the fence with this one. I love my Chevis for the reason it is smooth and doesn't have the heavy smokey taste. That being said my first savoring of the Highland Park I was reminded of the strong scotch aroma and was a little overwhelmed by it. The second night I decided to try again and after overlooking the aroma I was quite pleased with how smooth it was going down. I will have to sample it some more and I am looking forward to be able to get back home and try some other labels with my first tasting box that arrived after I left to go to work. captjlm.
 
James
James,
A terrific blend of peat and fruit. Wonderful dram.
 
Devon
Devon,
Great bottle. Smooth nose, full body with great flavor, nice burn all the way down.
 
John
John,
Very smooth and enjoyable with little after taste or bite. Nice taste of peaty smoke.
 
Simonas
Simonas,
Quite a smooth and fruity whisky, with a peaty smoke and a nice finish
 
Kevin
Kevin,
I’m a fan of Islay whisky and peaty Scotch, but I think there are better options than Highland Park 12. It’s ABV is low for me at 43% and I’m not in love with the aftertaste has a hint of grapefruit and heavy on oak flavor. I’d choose other brands like Ardbeg, Lagavulin, or Laphroaig — in that order. This may be good for people who want a lighter peated whisky. I enjoy it, but don’t love it.
 
Devon
Devon,
Nice and smooth and a great value
 
George
George,
Wow!!! Amazing value
 
Andrew
Andrew,
One of the great whiskey s for its price range!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Floral sweetness on the nose and palate. Not a fan.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I personally love smoke and peat in scotch. That being said I actually found this to be a bit on lighter end when it came to the peat whiskys. I tasted Sherry, Citrus, honey and leather. For the price, fantastic.
 
Lucas
Lucas,
If you’re a fan of peat you will probably enjoy this one. Not for me. By no means undrinkable, just not gonna finish this bottle anytime soon.
 
CHAD
CHAD,
I always enjoy a good Scotch. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. The smokiness is harsh and overpowering, almost imitation tasting. The actual flavor is thin and watered down. Overall, the worst I've had.
 
Michael
Michael,
Good scotch, classic. It was exactly what I wanted it to be.
 
Sachin
Sachin,
This whiskey was not my cup of tea. Not smooth at all
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Smooooooookey
 
Gary
Gary,
A little too smoky for my taste, but still gos down easy enough
 
David
David,
admittedly I am more of a bourbon fan than scotch but this stuff just tasted nasty. The peaty flavor is overwhelming. Tasted like I was drinking runoff from a garden
 
Edwin
Edwin,
It was a good scotch that went well at a party I hosted. It wasn't as different from normal Highland Park to make it anything that I would pay extra for, though.
 
Sebastian
Sebastian,
I am not a big fan of scotch whiskeys, but I was pleasantly surprised with the smoothness and subtlety of the flavors. Usually the sweetness of scotch ruins it, but there was enough heat and flavor to combat the sweetness and keep me sipping.
 
Richard
Richard,
gorgious
 
Thomas
Thomas,
A little too peaty for me.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Not so rough going in, but a very long lasting smokey aftertaste
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Smokey
 
Trevor
Trevor,
Smoky but not overpowering
 
Michael
Michael,
excessively smokey, almost ashy aftertaste. Unfortunately, i'll be passing on this scotch next time.
 
Harlan
Harlan,
I thought this was one of the smoother brands I have tried. Smooth finish along with a light peaty and smokey flavor.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
If you look smokiness, this is the bottle for you. Light and full of flavor. Easy to sip on.
 
Ted
Ted,
Not a bad scotch. Not too much peaty or smokiness, and rather smooth finish.
 
David
David,
Smooth but a bit hard after the taste.
 
Carlos
Carlos,
Smooth, crisp, well balanced
 
Jeramy
Jeramy,
Nothing wrong with this. Light honey with a feint smoke to it. Delicious
 
Mark
Mark,
First taste was hot, but the the drink settled. Nice flavor, no smoke.
Mark
Mark,
On a second night the flavor settled in and became very easy to drink. Could be an addition to my regular rotation of scotch.
Noel
Noel,
Very light and grassy. Really enjoyed this scotch.
 
Lance
Lance,
Smoky and aromatic with a touch of peat. Seems like it pair nicely with a fruit tart or lemon cake. Very enjoyable.
 
Gary
Gary,
Excellent highland scotch. A little Smokey but not to much. Very easy drinker. A next step for those new to scotch whiskey and one of my favorites.
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Smokey, not peated. Carressment for the tongue.
 
guest
guest,
Floral with honey Smoky but not strong
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Fine representative of what a single malt scotch is all about.
 
guest
guest,
Smoky vanilla with a warm sherry finish
 
guest
guest,
Great scotch. Nice and smoky, yet smooth
 
Derek
Derek,
Proof that a smoky scotch can somehow have a buttery undertone. I keep this stocked on the shelf.
 
Isaac
Isaac,
Absolutely amazing, definitely will open your nostrils as your about to sip, amazing aroma and real smooth with an ending that kicks. Highly recommend and will definitely buy again.
 
Adam
Adam,
Smoke and pepper was all i got. Mediocre at best. Not a good addition to the highland park line.
 
Loren
Loren,
Excellent flavor, but it doesn’t linger.
 
Antonio
Antonio,
Good
 
Shaun
Shaun,
At the price point HP 12 cannot be beat. It really is the every night drink for me. The mix of smoke and toffee flavor is wonderful to me.
 
TYLER
TYLER,
I haven't done many single malts I've have more blended scotch, but this was an amazing one it had its smokey hit but not too harsh and the honey did well to keep it smooth and gave it a nice calm sweetness to it.
 
Catharine
Catharine,
Smooth, well balanced, exceptional nose. Slightly sweet on the finish. Exceptional scotch.
 
Alex
Alex,
Very nice finish. Perfect amount of smoke and wood notes. Classic
 
Jasson
Jasson,
A good dram, most notable (I think) for its finish - which is outstanding. Very expensive compared to other similar single-malts, though. Don't think I'll ever buy another bottle.
James
James,
Life is too short to drink cheap whiskey.
Kenyada
Kenyada,
This was a gift! Only special occasions
 
"Martin
"Martin,
Well balanced!
 
Douglas
Douglas,
Slightly smoky grilled fruit.. the perfect amount of smoke, not overwhelming.
 
Allen
Allen,
One of my go to drams.
 
Uriah
Uriah,
Lightly peated, not my favorite
 
James
James,
Absolutely delightful. Good, balanced scotch, with a great homey flavor. Great for the price.
 
David
David,
Very smooth and smokey
 
Alex
Alex,
Absolutely love the peat in this scotch. My favorite scotch by far.
 
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