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 abouttwelve 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.
Notes are perfect, elegant finish, a home bar always.
The 12-year is very good and smooth, not too peaty at all (as you'd expect from a highland). Imo, the difference between 12-year and 18-year Highland Park is only modest, and makes the 12-year the value-choice of the two.
Just not very good tbh
So far in my spirits journey I have struggled to find a Scotch I really love. This one is great up front but the finish left me feeling like I licked a cigarette ashtray. Way too ashy/smoky at the end that just smacked me in the face, which ruined the rest of the experience.
Really enjoyed this and will be a go to in my future. Was smooth and balanced.
Very nice flavor not too smokey
Not much of a scotch whiskey person but when sampled by someone that likes scotch they said that it was very good
It was smooth and easy to drink, but a little too smoky for my taste.
So smooth for sipping. Orange zest without the citrus and some toast and fresh cut grass. Touch of honey, and marshmallow finish
Not sure why I got this sent. Do not like scotch. Too smoky for my taste
Balanced. Smoke not overwhelming
One of my favorite scotches. Very nice honey sweetness with a great finish.
Very very nice
Ah Highland Park, perhaps one of the more unique taste profiles in all of scotchdom! Had the good fortune to visit the Orkneys a few years back.
The peat there is rather unique, it is predominantly heather. Hence on the nose there is a flowery sweetness that comes through with the smoke.
This carries over to the tongue as well, and blends well with the 12’s choice of wood. The finish is long with no off taste development making this a great kick back and relax experience.
I have tried many of HP’s offering and to paraphrase the great Will Rogers, “I haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like.”
Again if you are a diehard Smoke bomb Islay or sherry bomb Highland scotch fan, HP may not be for you. Hope Flavior offers a taste kit with HP in it for you first. My guess is the majority will find HP a wonderful way to expand your whisky experience. Hey isn’t that why we joined this club! Slàinte!
This was probably the worst Scotch I have ever had
Round feeling with sweet honey and floral notes. Fruit flavors and slight hint of smokiness on the nose.
Notes of smoke, light sherry sweetness, overbrewed jasmine tea and black pepper lead a to decently long finish. Killer semi-peaty goodness
Very balanced, so far my favorite scotch
A flashy bottle but surprisingly subtle flavor. I’m not sure I would go out of my way to buy a bottle, but more than satisfactory as my quarterly bottle.
Smoky for sure. Its my first scotch and I like it in small doses.
Tasty, Smokey, Lots of Peat. Very Smooth with a warm finish.
Very nice whisky. Not overly peaty, just enough to know you're drinking a nice highland scotch.
Excellent whisky. I like the smoky scent that some others have disliked.
Great whiskey for the price. Smooth flavor and clean finish.
Deliciously smooth, with a pleasant but not overpowering sweetness. Notes of brown sugar and caramel. A true delight! I will definitely get this again.
too smokey, not my cup of tea
The initial nose and palate is great but the finish is so ashy and lingering it just overwhelmed everything. Really wanted to like it but just can't!
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.
Who says fire can not be smooth. Within the ambivalence is the glow. It wakens your palate like sunrise and lingers into the night. John
What is a very elegant tasting scotch
Solid middling scotch. Hint of smoky, inoffensive taste. But not outstanding in its field.
Surprisingly smooth, almost a honey like finish with a little pepper.
Very nice, goes well with a medium to full cigar.
More peppery than actually peaty. A solid scotch but the heat can overwhelm some of the more subtle flavors underneath.
A little sweet, smooth, with a nice finish. Solid.
I will say I am still new to trying and tasting all these great spirits. As for this bottle the smoke flavor was so overpowering. It seemed like I had drank a campfire. But if you smoke cigars, I feel this would pair nicely.
This is possibly the worst thing I've ever put in my mouth. Starts out with pepper and devolves directly into week old gym socks put away wet. The 10 years in a barrel wasn’t close to long enough. No thank you.
Wet gym socks, ummm tell me more
Little hot on first sip, good smooth finish. Kinda a Ho hum bottle.
Not enough flavor and tasted a little like gasoline.
Agreed....tasted like it came out of someone’s still
Second try at a peated scotch. Guess still trying to learn to appreciate them. Smoky with some sweetness on the nose. Dry, smoky, with some sweetness and spice on tasting. Long smoky finish.
Definitely not high end, but very tasty.
A counterpart to Laugavulin 16, initially sweet and spicy with a smoky finish. My exact favorite for smoky scotch. May need ice if you are not a fan of heat.
May be good for the price if you’re looking for a scotch. Mildly peaty but not overwhelming, this could be a good introduction at an approachable price. Wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it - wanted to try a bunch of scotch so used my quarterly on this bottle plus a scotch tasting kit.
May be rating high for I am new to scotch. That being said I’m new to scotch for a reason, this one opened my eyes. Brought balance to the force, not leaving it in darkness
Extremely smooth with sweet honey and floral notes. Light smoke note.
Heartburn in a bottle.
Smokey, but not overpowering.
A good scotch with honey, orange, smoke, floral scents, and a nice spice finish. Definitely will add this too my go to list. The 12 year aging is noticed in the smoothness of the finish.
Solid for sipping. Nice smoky finish.
This scotch punches above its weight! Great flavor - I think Highland Park could charge more (though I'm glad they don't!)
Favorite Scotch by far. But need to try other highland scotch
I give this a solid 8. This is complex with the orange notes, honey, slight peat, and spiciness. This isn't overpowered with the smokiness, it comes through but lets the other flavors shine as well. Smooth beyond belief a perfect way to enjoy a night in with friends.
With value considered, I’d give this a solid 9. Of course I’d prefer Lagavulin 16, but this stuff is half the price and almost as good. Smoke and sweet balance is very nice. I don’t think there’s anything better I’ve tasted in the 50ish range. One of the best to introduce noobies to Scotch in my opinion.
Very smooth and enjoyable, smoke is subtle and moves way for other flavors nicely! Great bottle for the price point.
Very good dram. The nose is floral and smokey (and strong, not to mention). The taste is very bright - smokey and sweet - with a nice, long finish. I had previously tried their Magnus expression and didn't love it. I find Viking Honour to be much more enjoyable (at roughly the same cost).
Very balanced and drinkable.
Cracked this open last night, loved it! The smoke was the only thing I could taste at first, though it's not an overbearing amount, and it opened up after only a few sips to some sweeter and floral flavors. Not life changing by highly enjoyable, will definitely buy this one fairly regularly.
I am not used to Scotch but while the bottle was free, it is a little too smokey for my taste!
Scotch snobs rate this and every other HP low because they’re dinosaurs and terrified of modern marketing. Don’t let them sway you from this because it’s a great representative of all the scotch regions into one dram.
Not a fan. Had many much better 12 year olds. Not refined, not great flavor. There’s a reason for the low price.
Really an all around great scotch. Ever sip is just perfect
Nice peat flavor everything you want from a Scotch
Very delicious, smooth, not overly smoked.
Very taste, just a hint of peat and very smooth.
Strong bite. Slight peatiness. Smoother after a splash of water.
A little bite. Great aroma. Enjoyed it
My kind of whiskey! Very smooth
Strong and yet smooth
Awesome whiskey. So great, has so much character but very approachable
Surprisingly drinkable for the price! Very satisfied and actually excited to have a bottle for casual sipping.
I usually prefer blends but this single malt was smooth.
Very Good. Smooth with a nice light smoke peat flavor
Smoky with a fruity aroma.
Great whiskey for a slightly advanced palate or someone wanting to explore more beyond base blends.
Light peatiness and wonderful fruit tones
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
This is my daily all round perfection. Its peat to smooth flavor. You can never go wrong with Viking Honour!
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.
Very good. Nice smooth fruity start with some spice taste afterwards
This was a very good choice. You get a distinct smoky flavor that is not over powering. Smooth flavor without the heavy astringent aftertaste.
Overwhelming Taste of putrid smoke. Very hard to drink
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.
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.
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.
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.
First bottle my wife bought for me from flaviar! Smooth going down, semi spicy after taste with a good afterburn! A great first whiskey!
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.
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.
Found im not a fan of scotch. It was to smokey for me
Very boozy nose with slight smokey introduction. Strong medicinal palate that lingers at finish, numbing the tongue. Water lessens it.
A super easy Scotch for the non-Scotch drinker (and for the Scotch-drinker, too!) Very smooth with just the right amount of peat.
Smokey and slightly bitter. Better cold than straight uo
Mild peat, nice character, bright and not too heavy.
Very Smokey very smooth!
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.
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.
Delightfully smoky, soft vanilla apple sweetness with a beautifully rounded, salty, spicy sherried honey finish. Lovely
If you are looking for a good tasting scotch this is a good one, not a great spearing with cigar tho.
I like the flavor, but it doesn't go as well with a sugar as I had hoped
Nice and smooth! Loved it!
bitter and terrible. I am looking for something that tastes like Jameson Irish Whisky. Highland was not worth a buck
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.
IT WAS OK,I HAD BETTER,IT WAS PEATY/SMOKEY WOULD NOT BE MY FIRST CHOICE
It’s a great spirit. Great flavor
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.
Found out I'm not a scotch fan. Too strong if s nose. Bitter tasting
This is too much smoke for me and not at all what I'd expect from a Highland Scotch.
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.
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.
Agreed, very rough on the palette and throat. Not an easy sipper
Very rough to the palette and throat. Not an easy sipper. Wasn't bad with ginger. Shall try other mixtures to finish the bottle.
Like a more complex JW-black. Sweet up front with a rich smokey peat flavor in the finish. Lasts a long time.
Super smooth, a bit of spice on the finish.
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.
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.
Decent flavor, but very rough. Not a favorite sipper.
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.
I would give it a 10 except I’ve had the 25 year
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.
Simple. Nothing noteworthy. Not bad but won't get again.
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.
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!
Good balance of sweet vanilla and smoke!
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.
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.
Too much smoke for me.
Great. Smooth. Easy
Meh, nothing wrong with it but I wanted more from it.
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)_/¯
Best Scotch l’ve had
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.
I really enjoyed this.
Very smooth, enjoyable. Has just the right amount of smoke and spice with some buttery aspects. Good purchase!
Fabulous Scotch. Smooth enough to have on the rocks but enough kick for a mixed drink.
I don’t drink a lot of scotch but this is great.
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.
A nice, enjoyable, scotch for the right price
I really enjoyed this Scotch. Was very happy with it. Nice smooth scotch.
This one has a kick and a punch. Strong smoky peaty flavor
It was a little rough in the beginning for me. But the more I drank the smoother the burn and taste!
Sweet start and balanced sip throughout Smokey finish. Enjoyable scotch.
Sweet at first and has an oaky or smoky after taste
Hint of honey in the beginning, followed by a strong smoky spice. Ends on an oaky note. Overall a solid scotch.
Absolutely enjoying this....perfect quality/price
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
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
I don’t like the aroma only good thing I can say is the after taste was great
A very smooth, pleasant easy sipper. I love this bottle! Just the right amount of smokiness to balance the honey and vanilla notes.
it was wonderfull but would like to know how to get the other 65.00 worth of my quarterly investment please
Not a fan of smokey bourbons or whiskeys but this one grew on you
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.
A good solid scotch quite enjoyable
Good but could be better
Decent taste, good bite.
It was amazing I’m currently still enjoying this wonderful Craft of scotch definitely recommend it, I should have bought 2 🥴
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.
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.
Fantastic. Amazing tasting notes.
Great smoky, smooth taste!
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.
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.
Like this one a lot. Smooth and lots of flavors. Aroma is wonderful too.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sweet on the finish - smoky throughout. Good sipper.
Tastes like rubbing alcohol. But it would probably be better with an older age.
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
Nice drop, definitely has the desirable scotch flavor on the stronger side, smooth and even on the rocks.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
I liked the smooth taste of this skotch. Over the rocks with a splash of water, just a nice sweet tingle of taste.
Pretty smooth and a long smokey finish
Delightful and complex
did not like this at all. do not like scotch and did not know this was scotch when i ordered it.
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.
Smokey, kind of bites a bit more than i'd like but very tasty.
Loved this scotch.
Just awesome. Easy to taste and better. ENJOY IT A WHOLE BUNCH. will buy another one
Too peaty and smokey for me. If you enjoy a big, big smoke feel you'll like this scotch.
Knock out! This is the one that closes the night.
Not a fan of Scotch.
Distinct yet mellow. Everything a quality scotch should be.
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!
Too harsh and smoky. Not smooth.
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!
For a 12 year, incredibly solid. Nice smoke. Planning to try the longer aged Highland Parks next.
Just wait until you try 18. One of the best ever.
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.
Smooth start with a light smokey finish. Great for those just getting into scotch
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.
Solid. Enjoyable and fairly good depth of flavor. I’ll buy it again.
my "go to" scotch. wonderfully balanced, with a little more emphasis on the smoke than the sherry, but OH so delicous.
Loved the smokey taste.
Just the right amount of smoke with honey and dried fruit notes. Good flavor, but not overpowering or too much burn.
After drinking this my inner warrior came out.
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.
I wanted to like this. But I’m not a fan of peaty scotch.
A solid dram that features something for everyone. A little smoke, A little fruit....tasty and worth a spot on your bar.
Average nothing spl
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.
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
This was a surprise. A bit young, but nice malty finish with some heat at the end.
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.
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.
Smooth start that develops nicely. Great bottle.
I loved this bottle!! Wide, intense flavors, meet subtle notes floating about... Simply a very good whiskey!!
Very nice. Would recommend it to anyone, has a nice light Smokey flavor that’s not over powering.
Simple with a nice malty chewiness to it, short on finish and complexity
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.
Peaty but not over bearing. Adding ice (or water) definitely brings out the smoky tones. Very flavorful!
Just the right amount of smoky combined with smooth sweetness.
Stays with you! Huge fan!
A little smoky for my liking. However, I wanted to come back for more.
Sweet, can taste the sherry casks... as smooth of the 18 yr highland park
Slight smokey peaty flavor with a smooth honey-vanilla esque finish
Balanced with some peat and smoke, but not overpowering.
This may be good scotch, but I am not a scotch fan.
Try dewars instead. That's more of a beginners scotch.
Too much campfire taste for me
Very tasty would definitely buy again.
Too smoky for my taste.
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
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.
Perfect amount of smoke, once you get past that there's chocolate-y goodness underneath. One of my favorites.
so first you get the smoke then the honey then other flavors that defy description, all in all good.
Smoky as all get out, amazing for sipping
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.
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.
Aivan huippu hyvää!!
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.
The smell is great, but too much bite
If you love smoky, you'll love this. A little stronger smoke than we typically enjoy, but nice and smooth, otherwise.
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.
Loved it the finish was not to spicyAnd overall a very smooth flavor
Strong and hits all the marks! An outstanding welcome gift and one we will revisit again in the future.
Strong start for a 12 year but a smooth Smokey finish
A very drinkable single malt. It had a nice touch of smoke on the finish. I will definitely get another.
strong spicy gruff in the best way
Nice smoke but a little peaty v smokey. Deeper Scotch flavars. Nice nose and smooth finish.
I was expecting a more subtle taste! I found it bitter and cheap tasting!
Another success from Highland Park. They never disappoint me.
This is a wonderful strong Whisky. For me it starts with a light sweet flavor and finishes with a nice smoky flavor.
Very complex, take time to experience, a broad spectrum of flavors. One of my favorites.
Fairly sweet, couldn't really get the spiced fruitcake. Harsh ending.
This was almost undrinkable. Harsh on the throat, almost like it was more of a fuel than drinking whiskey.
Absolutely did not like this scotch. Not smooth or pleasant There are cheap blends that are much better than this scotch.
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.
A bit too much peat taste for my liking.
Eh, it’s a standard bottle.
A little too smoky for my tatse, but overall it had a great nose, coloring and taste.
Woodsy and smooth
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.
Smooth and a relatively short light finish. For me the thing that held it back for me was the light peatiness.
A good amount of smokiness with a sweet honey aftertaste. Nice.
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.
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.
A little thin. Smoke is nice and subtle but not very complex.
Fruity on the nose. After taste of oak. Not too harsh on the tongue.
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.
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.
Very Smokey but smooth it is a great pairing with my steak and potatoes
Delicious. Mostly smooth with a nice fruity smell.
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.
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.
A terrific blend of peat and fruit. Wonderful dram.
Great bottle. Smooth nose, full body with great flavor, nice burn all the way down.
Very smooth and enjoyable with little after taste or bite. Nice taste of peaty smoke.
Quite a smooth and fruity whisky, with a peaty smoke and a nice finish
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.
Nice and smooth and a great value
Wow!!! Amazing value
One of the great whiskey s for its price range!
Floral sweetness on the nose and palate. Not a fan.
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.
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.
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.
Good scotch, classic. It was exactly what I wanted it to be.
This whiskey was not my cup of tea. Not smooth at all
A little too smoky for my taste, but still gos down easy enough
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
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.
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.
A little too peaty for me.
Not so rough going in, but a very long lasting smokey aftertaste
Smoky but not overpowering
excessively smokey, almost ashy aftertaste. Unfortunately, i'll be passing on this scotch next time.
I thought this was one of the smoother brands I have tried. Smooth finish along with a light peaty and smokey flavor.
If you look smokiness, this is the bottle for you. Light and full of flavor. Easy to sip on.
Not a bad scotch. Not too much peaty or smokiness, and rather smooth finish.
Smooth but a bit hard after the taste.
Smooth, crisp, well balanced
Nothing wrong with this. Light honey with a feint smoke to it. Delicious
First taste was hot, but the the drink settled. Nice flavor, no smoke.
On a second night the flavor settled in and became very easy to drink. Could be an addition to my regular rotation of scotch.
Very light and grassy. Really enjoyed this scotch.
Smoky and aromatic with a touch of peat. Seems like it pair nicely with a fruit tart or lemon cake. Very enjoyable.
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.
Smokey, not peated. Carressment for the tongue.
Floral with honey
Smoky but not strong
Fine representative of what a single malt scotch is all about.
Smoky vanilla with a warm sherry finish
Great scotch. Nice and smoky, yet smooth
Proof that a smoky scotch can somehow have a buttery undertone. I keep this stocked on the shelf.
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.
Smoke and pepper was all i got. Mediocre at best. Not a good addition to the highland park line.
Excellent flavor, but it doesn’t linger.
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.
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.
Smooth, well balanced, exceptional nose. Slightly sweet on the finish. Exceptional scotch.
Very nice finish. Perfect amount of smoke and wood notes. Classic
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.
Life is too short to drink cheap whiskey.
This was a gift! Only special occasions
Slightly smoky grilled fruit.. the perfect amount of smoke, not overwhelming.
One of my go to drams.
Lightly peated, not my favorite
Absolutely delightful. Good, balanced scotch, with a great homey flavor. Great for the price.
Very smooth and smokey
Absolutely love the peat in this scotch. My favorite scotch by far.