Highland Park 12yo remains one of the gold standard malts for other distillery bottlings to aspire to. With a delicious sweetness (heather-honey is their preferred description) and a warming, silky mouthfeel, this is a whisky that never lets you down.
"The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky". Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion
'The Best Buy amongst single malt whiskies.' Whiskies to Warm To, Which Consumer Magazine
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Island 12 years and under
Nose: Salted lemons, a whiff of charcoal smoke, crunchy green apples, tropical fruit chews, unripe mango, beeswax, honey, dusty wood and fruity dark chocolate – maybe chocolate limes? It developed in the glass, picking up more fruit and slowly cutting the citrus notes.
Palate: It started off with syrup sweetness, quickly moving on to sour and creamy wood, with more tropical chews, pineapple and smoked orange rind.
Finish: Smoky wood, malt syrup, green pine cones and woody spice.
Tasting Notes by Gavin D Smith for Whisky Advocate
Highland Park 12 Year Old boasts individuality and complexity, thanks in part to the use of Orcadian peat in the distillery floor maltings and the employment of ex-sherry casks for maturation. The nose is fragrant and floral, with hints of heather and some spice. Smooth and honeyed on the palate, with citrus fruits, malt, and distinctive tones of wood smoke in the warm, lengthy, slightly peaty finish.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Colour: Glowing amber.
Aroma: Heather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness.
Taste: Rounded smoky sweetness, full malt delivery.
Finish: Teasing, heathery, delicious.
Customer Reviews:(49 reviews)
After now buying and tasting over 25 popular single malt's I keep getting lured back to the bottle of HP12 in my cupboard. It seems to be a jack of all trades for me, my peat love and my sweet tooth. I have also sampled the 18 year old and it was amazing but i couldn't pay £100 for it.
- Steve O, 24th June
Peat. Smooth, warm, so mellow. What a malt.
- J Lemp, 15th June
Smooth,sweet & subtle. However, the moment you add water or ice the nose and palate become very floral like a speyside. I much prefer it neat.
- David, 11th June
I agree with the general consensus , for the price, it's a special one for me
Enjoyable smooth and slightly smoky. One of those whisky's you think about
from time to time at work, you know what I'm on about!
- En_robot, 9th April
At this price you would be hard pushed to find a better dram. It's got honey, heather and just a slight hint of peat smoke in there. Have tasted better more complex whisky but at more than double this price! Never disappoints
- Degsie - 12th March '14, 12th March
A very well made whisky. I like it very much, it is one of my favorites and I would not hesitate to recomend it to you.
- Johnny Norfolk, 30th Dec '13
HP 12 is not exactly what other reviewers here are trying to make it to be. Sherry-sweetness and honey are overwhelming and the alcohol doesn't seem to have integrated all that well. Lack of maturity shows itself in every sip. HP malts respond very well to aging, which is exactly why you will find worlds of differences between the 12 and 18 YO expressions. This expression is rather premature and it is far from being balanced between nose and palate. Not a gem.
- Scotch Fan , 25th Dec '13
A bottle of this is in my house at ALL times. I have yet to try the 18yr old but HP12 has accompanied me for few years now and is the one I always go back to. Sometimes I fancy a peaty, smokey stuff and at other times I'll go for Aberfeldy or Cardhu that go down smoothly. But Highland Park has never tasted "wrong" to me. No matter my mood or the weather. Always hits the spot. It's THAT good.
- Mick Chwedziak, 7th Dec '13
The best malt out there in the market. Very hard to beat or better.
- Barnsey Boy, 3rd May '13
HP12 good smokey flavour on your palate, a whisky that punches above its weight for the value
- Dave, 25th Apr '13
Terrific maltiness on the nose, some Speyside character as well with chocolate/mocha whiff. Taste wise, sweet BBQ in a glass! Great smoke infusion but not too strong. At £25 a bottle wonderful value.
- Matt, Norfolk., 23rd Apr '13
One of the best all rounders, it has a bit of everything going on. I personally find the peat very subtle, particularly compared to Talisker, my favourite Island whisky. If you enjoy the 12yr and can stretch the budget on your next purchase, the Highland Park 18yr is a terrific whisky to try.
- The Colonel, 9th Apr '13
nice one, though i have to admit that i don't particularly like the speyside-like sweetness of it. however, i love how subtle yet noticeable the peat is.
- anonymous, 10th Feb '13
Hands down the best Single Malt Scotch for the money.
- Scotch fan, 6th Feb '13
Im A novice whisky drinker. Started with Mcallen ,Oban ,Glenlevit . Was looking for something cheaper! Highland Park 12yr Hit the spot! Cant wait to try the rest
- Will, 5th Jan '13
I have just tried HP12 and, on first taste, I am not a fan. I usually enjoy peated whisky and was surprised at how peated this was. However, there is peat and there is peat, and this has the same style of "peatiness" as Bunnahabhain and Black Bottle. To me there is a mustiness to the nose and palate which I don't find attractive.
- anonymous, 10th Jun '12
Quite simply, this whisky ticks every box. For me by far the best all-rounder there is.
- Rob, 2nd May '12
I was struggling to get in to the smokey side of whisky. Half a bottle in and I get it. The lovely briney, honey taste of the HP12 with it's subtle smoke finish has got me converted
- Pete, 5th Apr '12
I have been drinking this whisky for many years and it is truly the best value single malt on the market, I have tried a number of different malts from various different locations and at 5 times the price but will always revert back to HP12. As far as smokey peat malts go highland park has the perfect balance, you just have to look at that rich amber colour to know you are onto a winner! Enjoy!
- Stuart, Northern Ireland, 21st Dec '11
I have enjoyed many malts but this is my all-time favourite. A great whisky for newcomers and experienced tasters alike. It never disappoints. In a word - Brilliant!!