Highland Park 12 Year Old
Viking Honour

70cl / 40%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Highland Park 12 Year Old / Viking Honour
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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
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Island

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.

102 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    4 days ago

    Quite simply the best dram at this price you can buy with the Balvenie Caribbean Cask a close second for pure drinkability.

  • 3
    8 days ago

    This was my favorite the old 12 was far better then the Viking honor more honey longer after taste there is something missing in new Viking honor hp please fix this dont get me rong this is still a good whisky bud it just lost a star bud i like the new package bud the old round botle was far nicer and far better whisky.

  • 2
    10 days ago

    I tried the new Highland Park Twelve Year Old Viking Honor. Although similar to the old 12, it has much more of a bite. I was very disappointed in the new product. The old 12 year was my favorite. Does anyone else note this difference?

  • 3
    11 November

    Great all rounder this but maybe to fruity for me. The green apple is very prevalent on both palet and nose. To me it's like apple boiled sweets.

  • 2
    11 November

    Not sure what has happened to this. It seems to have lost all its delicate nuances. Like a faded memory, there is still a hint of the old HP aroma; but there is barely a finish, and overall this is sweet and cloying. Very disappointed with this latest iteration. Style over substance, much like the packaging.

  • 5
    5 November

    This is a superb all round dram. The nose is floral and sweet, with a hint of orange and the mearest ghosts of peat smoke lingering at the back. The palate is complex. The initial sweetness had a fruity flavour I couldn't quite place at first. I got the typical fruitcake that comes with sherried whisky, but there was something more. Then it hit like a long lost memory from childhood - pineapple chunk sweets. The finish is long and spicy. This is when those smoky ghosts come back to haunt you. Truly delicious.

  • 5
    2 November

    This is without doubt a very top malt loved by many malt drinkers known to me

  • 3
    1 November

    Sweet, little smoky and easy to drink. Kinda blunt palate for me doesn't have any distinctive character

  • 4
    29 October

    Fairly new to the scotch scene but this scotch is fantastic. Sweetness with just enough smoke, a classic for sure. It's bottled at 43% ABV in Canada which is a bonus, a must have in any collection.

  • 5
    28 October

    With its initial sweet note that transgress to a sour full hit on the tongue with a oak smoke finish what else could you want from a malt sweet note to the glass front leading to a fruit centre of fresh cooking apple at the back of the glass comes the smoky wood

  • 5
    23 October

    Big flavour, complexity, balanced smoke and sweetness. Fantastic value!

  • 1
    7 October

    Choose another single malt. I can clearly rate this as one of the worst single malts I've tasted.

  • 2
    7 October

    Not at all that tasty as the old one

  • 5
    10 September

    This, in my opinion, is the best introductory peated dram out there. The bottling I have is at 43%, bought in the USA. The Isle of Orkney has a unique peat, and Highland Park doesn't bomb the dram with peat like most Islay offerings do. This is a fantastic crossover whisky, with a wonderful honey and floral sweetness melding beautifully with the Orkney peat and smoke.

  • 5
    22 August

    Very satisfying - meaning there's no reason, it's not necessary to search for anything as it delivers without wanting more.

  • 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.

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