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
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.

112 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    25 February

    5 Star Whisky!

  • 3
    21 February

    The last time I tried this was about 6 years ago, long before the beautiful packaging upgrade. There is More peat than I remember...reminds me of Bowmore 12? But it does. The sherry influence is also evident. I think it’s good, not amazing. A solid dram.

  • 5
    10 February

    This is from an English man. I've tried several whiskeys but this by far the best I've tasted. Nectar of the gods!

  • 2
    26 January

    Heartsick for the old version. I had both over Christmas - the old followed but the new. Sorry HP, I'm moving on.

  • 3
    17 January

    It's fair to say that this is easy to drink. That's about all I can say. It's not complex, or challenging, or even that enjoyable.. it's totally middle of the road. Therefore: 2.5/5.

  • 2
    9 January

    I bought two bottles before Christmas. I looked up these reviews to see if I had bought duff bottles! Highland Park was a favourite of mine, but my first thought was that someone may have tampered with the first bottle.

  • 2
    3 January

    I'm really saddened by this release - and sorry if this review is similar to others here, but it must be said. The old HP 12yr was a beautiful and sophisticated arrangement of sweet and smoke. This "Viking Honor" is NOT that. The palette is similar to the old bottling, but the nose is immature, and the finish is just completely absent. It's weird - I've never had a scotch that disappears like this one. I'm pretty sure the description being used here (e.g. "gold standard") is for the old bottling. Beware HP fans.

  • 1
    2 January

    HP 12 used to be my fav value all rounder malt. Just got a bottle of the new 'Viking' 12 yo and it is nothing like the whisky I used to know. It has a rough hard alcohol edge now despite being 40%, it has more smoke than old too (fashion or something else going on?), but that is mixed with a sulphur tinge indicating poor barrels in there somewhere. Was HP 12 a victim of its own deserved success? Have standards been dropped to keep pace with demand? If so they should have given it a break until they could have been sure that what was going into the bottles was worthy of the name. The bottle is very nice btw, but sadly not the content anymore. It is a similar alteration for the worse that we had with Black Bottle blended, once one of the best blends, now meh, and meh is a suitable word for this misnamed 'Viking Honour'.

  • 5
    21 December 2017

    Really fresh, creamy, floral sweetness, citrus, honey, fresh lawn maybe, perhaps scorched fresh orange oil (like when garnishing a Cosmopolitan), agave syrup maybe, light smokiness with a lovely pepper and spice finish.. Very nice Island malt, opens up lovely with a few drops of water.

  • 5
    18 December 2017

    Probably one of the best Wiskey's you will ever taste

  • 5
    9 December 2017

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

  • 3
    5 December 2017

    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
    4 December 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

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

  • 3
    1 November 2017

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

  • 4
    29 October 2017

    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 2017

    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

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