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Overall rating
81.92/100
votes
1464
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314570101
Added on
07 Jul 2007 10:12 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 39,03

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old

245 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.92 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. 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

  3. Misery scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Highland Park 12 yo | 40% | 22 + 21 + 20 + 21 = 84pts
    N: Honeycombs, a crust of white bread, vanilla, very little smoke, black pepper and herbs.
    T: Bright juicy pineapple, the smoke is slightly enhanced, then gives way to malt, citrus, lemon, orange with vanilla.
    F: Honey sweet flavored with smoke, caramel shades with a little bit of pepper.
    B: Interestingly flavored with smoke, that taste, that aftertaste. Petite, fresh, tasty.

  4. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: some dry peat smoke, heather honey, sultana raisins, salted caramel.

    Taste: medium bodied, fruity sweetness, some subtle smoke, honey, malty, dried fruits, a mild tea note and some peppery wood spices.

    Finish is of medium length with some smoke, light spicyness and some oak wood.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. ishi scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Fruity floral, slightly watery, sour in aftertaste

  7. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruit; Honey; Sweet; Malt; Herbs; Pagan; nut
      For me it smells very fruity, followed by a malt and herbal note. Behind it a touch of heather and nut
    • Taste
      Sweet first, then spicy. Vanilla and malt show up, then a touch and nut and the oak is spreading. It gets slightly dry and a little bitter in the mouth. After that, the nut gets stronger
    • Finish
      first fruit, then oak, which turns the taste into bitter. Then comes a small note of delicate smoke, which brings some nut with it. Then herbs again and a touch of heather.

  8. Andreas W. scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      65 65

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    The perfect "all-rounder", a malt that is ideal for beginners is always cheap available. Top price-performance ratio;
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      Sweetness (honey), yellow fruits, (sherry note), herbs, fine smoke;
    • Taste
      soft onset, noticeable smoke, honey, sherry, fruity, malty, spicy oak, harmoniously rounded;
    • Finish
      mid-length fruity finish; in the finish wood, oak;

  10. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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