Highland Park 12 Year Old
Viking Honour

70cl / 40%
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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.

136 Customer Reviews

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  • 1
    6 days ago

    Opened my first bottle of the Viking Honor 12 yr after having been a regular consumer of the older bottled 12 yr. What happened? I can barely finish my first glass and thought perhaps my taste buds were off or I had a bad bottle.. Until seeing these other bad reviews...I guess that's just the way it is now. It's so bland and light, with a super sharp alcohol finish. What a waste of money.. Stay away if you liked the previous version

  • 1
    10 days ago

    On the contrary, I think all but new whisky drinkers will be disappointed. This represents a continual decline in Highland Park. Also, I think Gavin Smith's review to the left is based on an older UP. Either way, this is cloying and boring, with very little of the delicate peat and Heather notes of old. Docking another point for the dreadful, misjudged packaging and concept. Hope one day they go back to basics.

  • 5
    8 November

    Phenomenal dram! Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!

  • 1
    1 November

    One of the worst malts I've had over the last years. This was a huge let down. If you liked the old HP12 you will hate this one. I think it's the worst possible option for the money and you're better off buying a Glenmorangie or even a simple Glen Grant 10. The nose is nice, palate is average and lacks complexity and the aftertaste... well... I decided to have a snickers bar afterwards to get rid of it. It's like burnt wood together with old car tyres...

  • 4
    14 October

    Many reviews here say the new 12 year old is not a patch on the old 12year old. My taste buds must be shot because in a blind tasting comparison I couldn't tell the difference between the two. Shop around and you will get it for ?25 which is excellent value for what it is. I do agree they are overselling the Viking "link" and the bottle is very pretty but I don't buy a whisky for its packaging.

  • 4
    14 October

    I really don't know what the bad reviews are in aid of here? Perhaps these people know more? Perhaps they are used to drinking expensive single malts? But for a ?30 ish 70cl bottle this really is quite a pleasant scotch. Admittedly I am not a massively experienced whiskey drinker but I have been getting into it more this past year. I currently have this bottle in my cupboard and prior to that I had a bottle of Monkey Shoulder (which was very nice). But I feel that this single malt is a very worthy follow up and I will enjoy every drop of it.

  • 4
    13 October

    A smooth and easy drinking Whiskey. I get a smell of Apple and freshly cut grass, A good start, initial taste of honey. The after taste is a Alcohol fume which is not unpleasant. It is a very easy drinking whiskey but the promised Paetiness never comes through. I bought this for the Paetiness however I am not disappointed with the lack of it because it is a well rounded drink and will buy again understanding that it is not peaty.

  • 2
    9 October

    Over rated from past and appears to have been finally found out. Artificial apple syrup. So many other readily available malts at around this price.

  • 5
    25 September


  • 1
    15 September

    Very disappointed – the smell is awful, like cheap whiskey, worse than Bell's. Save your money – don't buy.

  • 1
    6 September

    No nose or mouthfeel, unless you count alcohol. People that don't like whisky will be able to drink this because it doesn't taste of anything.

  • 3
    18 July

    Not bad for a 12 yr old, but seriously not a patch on 18yr old... It's like comparing Talisker 10 to the 18 – one very superior to other – but a good introductory dram, and by 12 yr old standards, rather nice!

  • 1
    20 June

    Used to be great, but the last bottle I tried was undrinkable, I had to pour it away, total waste of money. It is sulphured casks? really, really rough and bitter, a headache and sore throat in a glass. Where is quality control at the distillery?

  • 5
    1 June

    So, this review is for a bottle of pre-"Viking Honour" Highland Park 12 I found at a local gourmet shop. I assume it had been sitting there for awhile since "Viking Honour" seems to be the current bottling in circulation. So lucky me to pick up the older bottling of this legendary scotch for a taste! Really love the honey-fruit smell. The peatiness is not obvious at first but a definite smokiness comes after getting into a few sips. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavors are sweet and syrupy without being overly saccharine. This bottle of HP 12 is definitely well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. I suppose eventually I'll have to compare it to the current bottling on the market now... hopefully it's not as disappointing as people say.

  • 1
    21 April

    I didn't know what happened before reading these reviews. I'm someone who likes variety, and yet I would often fall back on HP 12 year. It was by far my favorite. I recommended it to friends. I've tried the latest batch and will likely never buy again and retract recommendations. I used to like to take a small sip, let it sit on my tongue, and revel in the many nuanced and delicious flavors. Now it smells like some hard liquor one would find at a frat party. The taste bites of alcohol with a slightly unpleasant flavor, and little to no finish.

  • 4
    6 April

    Second bottle review. I reviewed this back in October, just bought a second bottle of this so that tells you something. This is a great scotch at a great price here in Ontario Canada. I would give it 4.5 stars, 43% ABV, great nose and palate. A must try for sure, one or the best values out there.

  • 3
    31 March

    I like sweet whisky but this is sickly sweet and smells of artificial apple. Not bad at all though as has strong and interesting taste .

  • 5
    29 March

    Beautiful single malt I`ve ever had and will buy from now on

  • 5
    26 March

    I’ve only been a Scotch drinker for a few years now. I have tried several different single malts from each of the regions. This is currently my daily evening dram. Just the right amount of smoothness and smoke at a good price. Highly recommend for someone who wants a little more flavor out of their Scotch.

  • 4
    21 March

    This is not bad at all. It's a 'classic' with a slight smokiness and round nose and palate, a bit short on the finish but it's 40%.

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