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
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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
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.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
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.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
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.
guest
guest,
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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