Highland Park 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
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Highland Park 12 Year Old
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Highland Park 12 Year Old 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

Awarded Malt of the Month June 2014
Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Heather Heather
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honey Honey

Highland Park 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    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 develops in the glass, picking up more fruit and slowly cutting the citrus notes.

    Palate: Starts 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.

    90 Points

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Glowing amber.

    Aroma: Heather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness.

    Taste: Rounded smoky sweetness, full malt delivery.

    Finish: Teasing, heathery, delicious.

87 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    17 July

    We were introduced to Highland Park when we took a tour of the distillery on Orkney in April. We really enjoyed it and bright back a bottle to the states. Understanding thre distilling process has heightened our appreciation for the taste as it stimulates the sencses. Thrilled that we can still obtain it thru the Wisky Exchange.

  • 5
    5 June

    A delicious dram with the complexity of much more expensive whiskies. A silky smooth sweetness with just the right amount of smoke in the background. Just dram delicious.

  • 5
    12 May

    HP 12 is my "go to" whisky. It is indeed a great "all rounder"; providing enough peat and resin to keep things interesting, but not enough to overpower the average palate. If I had to drink one and only one inexpensive whisky for the rest of my life, this would be it.

  • 3
    11 March

    Not as full-bodied as I had hoped after reading other reviews. Obviously nowhere near the quality of Lagavulin or Talisker 16 , but HP 12 has a nice smoky finish and is smooth. And for that price, it is a steal.

  • 4
    19 February

    Don't know if it's because I have a cold...A little agressive going down, short finish. Tasty none the less.

  • 5
    10 February

    Perfect whisky for my taste.

  • 4
    4 February

    Smooth with fruity notes, well pairs with apples. For it's price it was a perfect choice for the evening company of 3 friends in sky resort.

  • 5
    25 December 2016

    Excactly what it said and more mr

  • 4
    25 November 2016

    I've got this in 43% abv and WOW! What a nice sweet, fruity, spicy number this is and the little hit of sweet smoke at the end..... sends this babay over the top. EXCELLENT!

  • 5
    23 November 2016

    Perfect balance of smokiness and sweetness. It has a delightful woody and slightly smoky finish. A wonderful whisky.

  • 5
    30 October 2016

    My go to whisky, never had s bad bottle, pure balance... Best 12 I've tried!!

  • 4
    15 October 2016

    If you love peat bombs this is not for you. Subtle smoke, honey, malt and smooth finish. Nice for the price.

  • 5
    3 October 2016

    The product is AWESOME! The tasting notes like "salted lemons...crunchy green apples..." are absurd and mendacious. An attempt to seem, rather than be. HP12 needs no idiotic advertisement. Best for the money, by a long shot.

  • 4
    1 October 2016

    Drinking neat: lovely earthy peat, brine, charred oak, floral, tangerine, grapefruit, custard, sugar sweet, jasmine, citrus, bandaid. It is in fact a very well rounded dram. Like a mix between a Highland, Islay, & a Speyside; with each playing a equal role. The first thing that hits you it the peat smoke and brine, followed by the rich decadence of a Highland mix with a floral and fruity Speyside. I've heard about Highland Park since first taking an interest in Scotch and with it, high praise and recommendation. I'd say it's a very enjoyable whiskey that I will happily consume but would I put it on the same pedestal as my Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Lagavulin 16, or Laphroaig Triple Wood? Not likely. In fact, when I first took a sniff and sip of this from the bottle I grabbed my Laphroaig Triple Wood to compare the peat. I nosed and sipped the Laphroaig and immediately realized it was world's better than the Highland Park. I'll say though, HP is very balanced and gives the best of all three regions listed above. It's definitely worth a try.

  • 3
    30 September 2016

    Hmmm... I have to say I was slightly disappointed when trying this whisky.. Everybody told me it was the perfect combination of peat smoke and sweetness... For me though. It tasted surprisingly weak, maybe I had a bad batch? not as peated as I had imagined.. However lovely heather honey notes coming through under gently smoke. not a bad whisky by any means but didn't live up to all the hype.

  • 2
    21 August 2016

    20yrs ago I would have told you this was the finest all round single malt. These days it's a shadow of its former self. Still a whif of smoke and heather but the body has gone. The pressure on stocks means it no longer gets the same chance to test or mature. Try a bottle from the 80's or 90's and you'll see what i mean. I would rather they raised the price and kept things as they were.

  • 5
    29 July 2016

    This is one of the best single malt

  • 2
    22 July 2016

    I have to be honest, this isn't what it used to be. It used to have a lovely heather/ honey interplay with a whif of smoke and a medium body. I've just had a recent bottle and it was anaemic by comparison. One of the greatest has become poor.

  • 5
    11 June 2016

    Subtle smoke infused honeyed whisky. Very hard to beat on price for quality. This is a special one. Hopefully it maintains its exceptional quality.

  • 5
    8 June 2016

    Good whisky very malty with slight smoke and sweetness on the nose. On the palate it feels think with a nice combination of peat and sherry sweetness mixed with heather honey smoothness. The finish is fairly long with a slightly salty aftertaste. This is a peated whisky but it's an Orcadian peated whisky. Orcadian peat contains a lot of decomposed heather which makes it lighter and sweeter than Islay peat which is mainly made up of decomposed maritime plants. Excellent and unique every one should at least try this if not add it to their collection. This review is from someone who likes all styles of single malt as long as I can find something unique about them.

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