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Highland Park 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Jul 2007 10:00 pm

Average value

€ 40,07

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old

236 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.01 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Considered as great all-rounder, Highland Park 12 combines distinctive features of Speyside, Highland and Islay whiskies. The nose has a complex range and is well-balanced. Sweet caramel and honey notes are complemented by delicate bonfire smoke and hints of sherry cask maturation. Tastewise, it starts sweet with full-bodied maltiness before turning dry, spicy and mildly peaty in the prolonged finish - a unique feature of Highland Park. Altogether, a quality Single Malt which would benefit from no chill-filtration and a higher bottling strength.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Tastes and is suitable as an everyday dram, without me particularly excited.
    • Nose
      Overall, rather light nose: minimal smoke, floral and tart herbs, yellow fruit from pear and peach, caramel, at times significantly alcohol for the 40%.
    • Taste
      Mild and sweet-sour, pear, caramel, sour citrus, hints of chocolate. The smoke is no longer felt.
    • Finish
      Pleasant and warm-spicy, but not particularly long, the sweet and fruity aromas soon disappear.

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    He has never tasted as good as he has today. Much (and especially dark chocolate) aroma, longer finish than usual, the citrus fruits come out nice ... either I taste today more than usual from the HP12 - or he has evolved in the meanwhile half empty bottle but a lot ... like whatever - today: beautiful malt, I like it!
    • Nose
      Oranges, orange blossom, clover, heather, honey, vanilla, milk chocolate, fine smoke
    • Taste
      fruity-sweet with lemon, grapefruit, orange and much dark chocolate sauce, honey, nougat, sweetish herbs, fine smoke, vanilla, light ginger, oatmeal cookies
    • Finish
      medium long, oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate coating, vanilla, clover sweetness, smoke, orange

  4. Glenjasper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. whiskyd scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

  6. Punktar scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I can remember that I tried that four years ago and put it aside just because I did not really like it. When rearranging I have now got the bottle in hand and tried again.
    And look, now it's really good. I have remembered for years as something soapy and unpleasant smoke. And now there is nothing to be found. This is a really good whisky and with the smokiness also recommended for beginners. I'll have to check some reminders on other whiskys now.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Some smoke, some fruit, some herbs (could also be heather). Overall, very pleasant and not even the soapy, which I always remembered.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Light smoke, much spicier than expected and slightly malty. Then something citrusy and a little alcohol, but not disturbing. Totally different than expected. That's a really good whisky!
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium and warm. Spicy and pleasant. I like that.

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    entry-level, very small, not enough scents, more on a blend finally.
    • Nose
      malt, spices on white pepper, a little sherry with mold, candied oranges, but it's not pronounced!
    • Taste
      malt, spices, some wood, some mineral a little iodine, cut sherry, simple.
    • Finish
      court,sans relief.

  8. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very successful standard for small money, which has missed the step to really great with its low alcohol strength. 84P
    • Nose
      Sweet and resinous. Fir honey, earth, kräutriger smoke. Sherry influence and lilac blossom. Hay and plant sections. Mint, beeswax.
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy, fast watery-bitter. Earth, fine smoke, wall unit, pine resin. Serge writes tea with milk - I can not get that off my tongue now. Plant sections, as I wrote earlier: "Tastes after gardening".
    • Finish
      Spicy-bitter, black coffee, resin and fir honey. Dry, hay.

  9. mosesumike scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. Lorion scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nice and easy. The nose stands out slightly. 79 points.
    • Nose
      Sweet honey with a subtle spiciness. A touch of smoke. Caramel and herbs. Also some nutty sherry is here. Warm and full. Tobacco. It gets spicier then. Banana with bacon. Oak comes through too.
    • Taste
      Sweet, a bit flat at first. Then it becomes more intense. Tobacco forms. Sherry, nuts and honey. Spicy oak dominates the tasting. Only at the second sip is smoke there.
    • Finish
      Medium long, rather dry. Oak.


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