Highland Park 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Honour
Stated Age
12 years old
First Fill & Refill Sherry
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0215E L04 27/06
Added on
11 nov 2022 11:20 pm by 2ndSip

Average value

€ 60.00

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7 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.20 points.

  1. Bitzi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      with time a bit of maritime notes, fruity, honey
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity, a breeze of the sea, vanilla, a hint of meadow herbs
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slightly astringent, dry

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  3. 2ndSip scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This batch seems darker to me than those from 2018 or 2020, for example. This batch also has more sherry in the nose and taste - well, if that's not supposed to be HP's quality offensive given in interviews... I might just have it otherwise lucky.
    To me, this is a very different HP12... confusing, but in a good way.
    I'll have to do some re-testing, otherwise this is one of the best batches I've had from the HP12 in the last five years.
    --> Post-test: I'm sticking with it; one of the best batches I've had of HP12 Viking Honor so far
    [91 - 87 = extremely tasty -> I'd better get a second bottle]
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweetish, honey, caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruits (raisins, plums), the typical HP orange note is also recognizable.
      And an amazing amount of smoke - I didn't remember that with the 12er. The smoke is again of the "sweet heather" variety, but maritime approaches are also noticeable (salty sea breeze).
      With more air contact, the fruits become darker and stronger, and brown sugar/marzipan is added. The spiciness of Christmas biscuits remains discreetly in the background, but always comes into focus.
      The sweetness reminds me of fairground booths with candied fruits.
      There are also the light fruits, but they are not as dominant in this batch as I remembered.
    • Taste
      88 88
      light spice, creamy, dark fruits, light fruits, honey, caramel, combination of milk and dark chocolate. Smoke - I didn't remember that with the 12er either.
      2nd Sip: softer (ok, that's where the 40% comes through), but still strong enough, spicy, the fruits take a back seat and the spices come to the fore. Again tart approaches of dark chocolate.
      The heather smoke turns into a maritime smoke, slightly (wet) ashy; here, too, a light salty sea breeze on the tongue.
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length, spice, smoke, tannins - ok, here it is and remains rather unspectacular. But the aroma and taste pull everything out.


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