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Highland Park 12-year-old

Overall rating 1160 votes 82.23

111 × in wishlist

Member rates

3914 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 20
Taste 21
Finish 20
Balance 21

Tastingtags

216 Notes

EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Tasting note
25 Aug 2017 9:57 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Orangen, Orangenblüten, Kleeblüten, Heidekraut, Honig, Vanille, Vollmilchschokolade, feiner Rauch

Taste

fruchtig-süß mit Zitrone, Grapefruit, Orange und viiiel dunkler Schokoladensoße, Honig, Nougat, süßliche Kräuter, feiner Rauch, Vanille, leichter Ingwer, Haferkekse

Finish

fast mittellang, Haferkekse mit dunklem Schokolade-Überzug, Vanille, Kleesüße, Rauch, Orange

Comments

So gut wie heute hat er mir noch nie geschmeckt. Viel (und vor allem dunkle Schokolade) Aroma, längerer Abgang als sonst, die Zitrusfrüchte kommen schön raus ... entweder ich schmecke heute einfach mehr als sonst vom HP12 - oder er hat sich in der mittlerweile halbleeren Flasche doch einiges weiterentwickelt... wie auch immer - heute: schöner Malt, gefällt mir!

Slàinte Mhath
Moderator Slàinte Mhath Review note
07 May 2017 7:19 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 86 points

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 86 pts   ·FIRST-CLASS [-]·

Weighted Rate
85.7
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
84
Price
88
Presentation
85
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
25 Sep 2017 1:11 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 84 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/bottle-polishing-scottish-islands/

It’s nice to return a bottle to its homeland to polish it off, though still hundreds of miles from Orkney as i’m in Annan to visit to the newly reopened Annandale distillery. Back to the HP. A highly respected distillery and core expression, though still bottled at 40% and still with no indications that it’s unchill-filtered or without colourant – though it doesn’t look too duped. At a time when most distilleries are upping the abv to 46% especially for their age-statement range, Highland Park is doing the opposite. The 12yo used to be bottled at 43% around +/-1998 and +/-2003.

  • N: Boy was this bad when I first opened it. It went straight next to the Laphroaig Select in the reject pile. However as the months past, it develops nicely on leathery raisins, curiously sweet herbal notes with a [Clynelish-ish] pong, dry fungal-fence panel oak, coconut<<vanilla=honey>lime sponge, peaty<tutti-fruity, a dessert leafiness,… and yet after all these months there’s still an off-putting & underlying surgical spirit note. Yet those complex notes keep reaffirming themselves, so yeah – I’m in two minds.
  • T: Frankly rejectable. Adding water initially only adds to a surging aniseed heat, albeit with less but still significant prickliness. After a few months on the ‘naughty shelf’, it has genuinely softened with only a mini kick and a diminished heat build [maybe this explains the 40% bottling strength?]. This softening encourages a touch of the sherry character to the fore with [desirable] sulphurous touches. Develops a definable waxed mouthfeel and a little peat smoke with notes of waxy/plastic-y=leathery>raisin=prune>fig. On reflection, it’s overall sweet-to-sour but still with a tiring aniseed burn.
  • F: Plastic-y=waxy with a little more spirity/sour>sweet, heather/smokey>witch hazel finish alongside waxy Caramac and a dirty cocoa-coconut oiliness. Really interesting stuff at the end.
  • C: After my initial rejection things improved enormously, but after months and months im still in two minds. Two things have happened to the HP12 in my view. There’s a more prominent use of younger bourbon casks [less refills], over a considerably far smaller proportion of [refill] sherry. It also appears more clean & clinical, meaning the more interesting heathery/sulphury/peat-smoke elements have been somewhat sterilised. Scores swung from 80 to going on 87.

Scores a C+

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Note
10 Sep 2017 2:10 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 83 points

Some batch variations? I buy a mini of this occasionally, and some times it feels there's a bit too much butyric acid, while at other times it's more harmonious. 83 pts. for the better moments.

Tuco1972
Member Senior Tuco1972 Review note
31 Aug 2017 1:51 pm
Tuco1972 gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.9
Nose
85
Initial taste
83
Body
82
Finish
84
Price
88
Presentation
83
EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Review note
25 Aug 2017 9:55 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.8
Nose
83
Initial taste
86
Body
82
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
85
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Review note
13 Aug 2017 12:51 pm
spigray gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83
Nose
84
Initial taste
84
Body
80
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
85
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Tasting note
13 Aug 2017 12:45 pm
spigray gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

a nice mix of malt, honey and caramel with a thread of light smoke. a few hazelnuts

Taste

slightly watery and weakish on the palate. still the taste is good with everything we had on the nose plus some allspice and nutmeg.

Finish

short, slightly honeyed

Comments

they should finally bottle this one at a reasonable strength, at 40% it´s a waste.
83/100

Macheye
Expert Junior Macheye Note
10 Jul 2017 11:11 am
Macheye gave this whisky 84 points

Warm baked toffee apples, ripe pears, and both lemon and orange notes whisk us right into an early evening on a summer day. Earthier notes such as light hay, and the expected Orkney heathery peat add welcome depth. The smoke is very slight. Certainly, the many descriptions you’ll read about ‘wispy’ peat are spot on. It’s highly organic and slightly floral. When combined with our summery fruits you could easily be wandering round a garden. A nice touch of polish coming and a hint of salinity both of which keep the dram fresh and zingy.

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Whisky-Tester
Expert Senior Whisky-Tester Review note
03 Jul 2017 11:55 am
Whisky-Tester gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81.3
Nose
77
Initial taste
82
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
82

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