Highland Park 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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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
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Island
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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.

72 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    10 days ago

    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

    This is one of the best single malt

  • 2
    22 July

    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

    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

    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.

  • 3
    3 June

    It is nothing special. I bought the 15 years old and did not meet my expectations. I would rather stick with the Chivas Regal 18 years old for the same price

  • 2
    25 May

    Thin body, watery mouthfeel, peaty, little to no sweetness, sour lemons, harsh. I won't buy this again, it was very disappointing..

  • 5
    16 May

    "Nose" (undiluted) Fine sherry, Florida oranges, majestic Orcadian peat, subtle wood smoke, and a handful of stones. "Palate" (undiluted) The finest Oloroso sherry, orange rind, raspberries, wild honey, and a thin layer of pomegranate. Underneath all that is heather and subtle Montecristo smoke. Great and a very unique floral complexity for a 12 year old single malt. "Finish" (undiluted) Dry, tingling pomegranate, Australian red licorice and the distinctive heather of this distillery that cannot be replicated by any other distillery.

  • 4
    27 April

    Very nice!

  • 3
    25 April

    Stock up for the future. 40% a little bit weak. Mass market production

  • 5
    5 March

    I have good collection off single malt this one is my favorite litle bit off everything perfect ballans.

  • 3
    16 February

    Not a bad scotch, though at first I didn't find it to be anything remotely special. In fact, I still don't. That said, it's decent. Some light smoke, lots of the "heather/honey" flavours going on, though really just ends up tasting like a generic Speyside with a little smoke going on. It's fine as far as it goes, but nothing like what I thought/hoped it would be.

  • 5
    5 February

    I didn't enjoy this at first. However, now I get the honey and sweetness. It's a full taste, and I really enjoy it now.

  • 2
    24 December 2015

    Has a very light note of peat, very sweet, smooth to its core. However, disappointing and lacks distinction. .

  • 2
    23 October 2015

    Nose: Mass produced lager, baby sick (butyric acid), some tropical fruit and that''s about it. The body is better at 40% than the watery travel retail warriors, but sadly the taste (which has a flaw that tastes a bit like soggy, mildewy leather) loses to the said warriors.

  • 4
    12 July 2015

    Awesome!

  • 5
    24 June 2015

    This is my favorite whisky. I would describe it as a smooth explosion of flavors in my mouth. Sweet, honey, spicy due to the sherry casks, slightly peaty with heather. It is beautifully balanced. Both the nose and palate have a beautiful hint of peat.

  • 5
    2 June 2015

    One of my favorites

  • 5
    3 May 2015

    I tried it last night for the first time. I thought it was really silky smooth. One of the best I''ve tasted, if not the best at it''s price point

  • 5
    15 March 2015

    I have tried many single malts and I keep returning youths as my daily dr choice. In my opinion you can not find a better whisky for this price. It has everything: smokiness, smooth delivery and beautiful honey notes. I have already emptied 3 bottles and will stock on more.

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