Highland Park 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Short Black Band Type Label & Narrow Sunset on Tube
Bottle code
Added on
21 aug 2009 1:52 pm

Average value

€ 223.35

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.84 points.

  1. ipchrist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Golden yellow
    Soft and harmonious, without a lot of spice, just a little salt and a little heather. Sherry, honey, vanilla, softened grain, cereals and discreetly fine leather - very soft and unfortunately without pep!
    Here too, it is soft, watery and only has a little spice to start with. Honey, caramel, heather, dull sherry and freshly built up - but not very exciting.
    In short - now becoming herbaceous and spicy! Combined with cereals, grains, honey, caramel and dry leather. Subtle notes of chocolate and milk appear in the background.
    A bit disappointing even for a 40% version!
    86 points
    N: 85P / G: 86P / F: 87P

  3. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    ????: dark gold
    ????: warm cooker, sweet, bourbon, moderately intense and hang gliding, low power feel
    ????: slightly sweet, slightly chocolatey, unfortunately this 40% makes it a bit bland, a bit too flat, disappears quickly, nothing develops here
    ????: short and flat, slightly sweet
    If this whisky was not 40% Or at least 46%, it would be something. And so, unfortunately, a medium-sized dog ... Nothing attracts attention, and because it is short and weak, it quickly disappears from the palate and memory ...
    ????: 3.5 / 10
    ????: 83/100

  4. pgmguy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Colour: Full Gold
    Nose: neat: very fresh at first nosing, followed by honey sweetness, some candy sweetness, some smoke and earth notes. with water: water takes the slight alcohol edge that shows (despite being "only" 40%). It also brings the sweetness a little more to the front.
    Taste: neat: excellent balance of sweetness, malt, smoke (more on the mouth than on the nose), spices. with water: no real changes.
    Finish: mouth coating, oily, sweet and smoke are the longer lasting flavours. Excellent! only minus is that it is a short-ish finish. with water: as with the taste, remains pretty much unchanged.
    Comments: The late Michael Jackson used to call this the greatest all-rounder in the world! Just like the modern 18 year old, it really has a little of everything: sherry sweetness, smokiness, earth overtones, spice notes. All in great balance. Only minus note is the slightly short finish, it could do with 43% like the 80s bottlings, but overall an excellent whisky (hugely expensive if you can find it for sale, but the modern Highland Park 12 is a great whisky for a good price).
    MY SCORE: Highly Recommended +

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Round, full, balanced. But somehow a bit boring towards the end

  6. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Light-bodied. Almost a bit watery at times, so this one probably would have benefited much from a higher ABV (something it shares with the current bottlings). All in all, an interesting and tasty contrast to the current bottlings.

    Tasted blind as the 17th whisky of my 2016 whisky advent calendar.
    • Nose
      Woody and fruity malt with a bit of old mustiness going on, heather and boiled candy, vanilla, wood-spices infused with a soft and sweet note, citrus, smoke, some earthiness mixed with some nuttiness, some 'toasted' liquorice, somewhat coastal (sea etc?), just a little hint of honey, leather and some mushrooms (?). Classic, but not overly complex.
    • Taste
      Cream, a faint coffee note, some zesty fruitiness, sea salt, smoke and tobacco, quite spicy, leather, some toffee, a light presence of treacle, some nuttiness, boiled candy and a little (pleasant) soapy note after a while.
    • Finish
      Medium length - citrus, vanilla, cream, smoke, some fresh peat, liquorice, some old and 'assertive' wooden boards, some smoked almond extract, some dark treacle, a bit soapy and perfume-like at the very end (in a pleasant way actually).

  8. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Highland Park 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-1995) Colour: pale gold. Nose: there are similarities and there are differences. What’s sure is that this one’s rather more rounded and complex, with some extra-dimension around flowers and herbs, that were almost absent in the new one. Such as eucalyptus, or lemongrass. The honeyed side is also rather more complex, and there’s some beeswax as well, as well as rather more earth than in the new. Oh well, it’s simply more complex, and possibly older ‘on average’. Some parsley and chicken bouillon coming out after ten minutes, that should be the sherry talking. Mouth: yeah well, the differences are even more striking on the palate. Fatter, oilier, waxier, both more mineral and more earthy, with more cough syrup, more honeydew… Now it’s not tremendously better, but better it certainly is. Finish: quite long, earthy, grassy, with a mildly honeyed signature. Comments: I was afraid this one would have won by a landslide, but the new one hasn’t been put to shame. Now, should we have chosen an old ‘silkscreened’ 12 instead, the outcome might have been different. 5 points or more!SGP:562 - 87 points.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: Sweet-ish

    T: Hmm

    F: Ok

    C: It’s a straight shooter.

    Scores a C [82]

  10. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Malt Hans scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Malty and peaty aroma, floral honey, banana,

    lime and caramel. Floral honey sweet taste, pepper, ripe orange, peat

    and malt. Medium long, sweet and malty end.

  12. The Macallan scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    A wonderfull robust 12y old Highland Park, as it should be. It reflects the character of Orkney.
    • Nose
      Briney, light smokey, malty, and a wiff of sweetness.
    • Taste
      Salty, peaty, peppery, spicy and later soft creamy.
    • Finish
      Smooth, long and spicy and some peat smoke.

  13. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is all very gently, but then it is their entry level malt. A classic with a great nose. Today, this bottling will easily set you back around 75 to 100 EUR. Phew!
    • Nose
      The nose is triple F: fresh, fruity and pretty floral, with honey, oranges but formost a bouquet of wilde flowers. Think dandelions in a field. Also some malt and heather. The island character takes a while to reveal itself, but after a few moments woodsmoke a whiff of Orkney peat pops out. All of this is very soft and gentle, though.
    • Taste
      It is very light on the palate. A bit too light to my taste. Meager body and that is a pity.  Soft and very sweet on honey, a load of citrus, but little else. Turns a tad too bitter too soon. Light on smoke.
    • Finish
      In the medium long, warming finish, the peat finally florishes.

  14. Collector57 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweeter and more malty than the new, with more honey notes.
      The orange is gone compared with the new 12, replaced by an undetermined fruit (haven't placed it yet).
      (I wonder at the orange I got in the new 12. Never had that before. But I have had a cold so perhaps my nose is playing tricks.)
    • Taste
      More oaky and rather less bitter than the new one. More rounded mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Just as long and with the bitterness of the new one. More smoke too, though still only slight

  15. Feusi scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Open up the bottle, pour and enjoy. Best suited to be drunk in a nice round with friends. But beware the bottle, could be consumed quickly. Sweet sherry with a pleasant smoke, what like you more?


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