Highland Park 12-year-old

Overall rating
81.93/100
votes
1753
Whiskybase ID
WB79
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

€ 75.71

110 × in wishlist

1753 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old

237 users have left 271 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.93 points.

  1. twhisky scored this whisky 64 points Newbie

    Notes of heather and mould. Tastes like it had spilled out onto the dunnage floor and put back in the cask.

  2. TimkoT scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. joeynoreen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. ailean scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  5. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The sum of the taste is 85 points and the price does not affect the rating.

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  7. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 84pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is gently smoked with notes of bread crust, honeycombs, vanilla and black pepper.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is fruity and bright with hints of ripe pineapple, smoked citruses along with caramelized oranges.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is medium lenght and based on honey notes along with peppery smokiness and caramel.

  8. StephenG scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. dimitrios scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  10. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Really good standard for the softer islandish - but not outlandish - moments. Soft, herbally sweet with a slight hint of smoke. Perfect for the summer beach.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Certainly lost some of its former glory (round dumpy bottle) along the way and would benefit from higher abv., but overall still a decent age statement entry level HP and preferrable to quite a few of its nas travel retail siblings.

  12. McMoulis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  13. hafssol scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    One of my favourite daily drams, perfectly balanced between vanilla, sweetness and final smoke. Very good quality, related to its price.

  14. Gweddry scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      raw meat, rot, brine, a little smoke, apple, honey, sherry
    • Taste
      a little smoke, sweet, bitter, citrus, honey, malt, wood, apples
    • Finish
      honey, malt, spices, toffee, peat, smoke, minerals

  15. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Once upon a time, there was a distillery on Orkney you could rely on. Then the Vikings invaded, and things went south. For nostalgia's sake, let's review the old HP12. Fragrant and well-balanced, the nose features orange peel, nutmeg and toffee, complemented by cranberries, parsley and delicate bonfire smoke. Sweet and malty in the arrival, the palate turns dry, peppery and mildly phenolic shortly after. Tangerines, bitter honey and hints of espresso round off the medium-length finish. Where are the good old times? Sigh. If it ain't broken, don't fix it!

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  18. gooos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. Auriverdes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  20. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The HP is surprisingly complex for a standard. With enough time, beautiful fruit aromas develop. It caresses the palate with its softness, the salt note is a bit surprising, but was felt again with every glass.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Spicy, licorice, roasted aromas, malt, vanilla, peppermint, orange peel, later lemon and a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      86 86
      Salty maritime, vanilla, slight bitterness, spices, malt, pepper. It is very soft.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite long finish with salt, some smoke, bitterness and oak

  21. valasios scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  22. mattheww scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottle from 2008 or 2009
    • Nose
      Is that light smoke? Leather, grass / herbs, strawberries, blackberries, some earth, some honey, some cinnamon
    • Taste
      Yes there is really a light smoke in it, some ash, herbs, grapefruit, minimal honey

  24. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rauch , Sherry , Heidekraut
    • Taste
      Smoke, Sweet, Malty,
    • Finish
      Long, spicy with heather

      Slight smoke note over everything very balanced

  25. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  26. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. IIIZIII scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very sweet, fruity and aromatic peat. Rounded, no sharpness, no alcohol, but a light creamy body. Soft toffee
    • Taste
      Very soft and gentle arrival, slightly peaty development. Short-medium development. Very creamy and sweet, again. Just a hint of oak et the end of the development
    • Finish
      Very, I mean VERY short finish. But it is a great entry to the complex whiskies

  28. davidloosli scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, lemon, light smoke, oranges, sweet hay, a hint of nuts (peanut?)
    • Taste
      Bitter oranges, Grapefruit, sweet malt, a touch of peat
    • Finish
      Smoky, very dark chocolate, orange, pie dough

  29. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

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

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

  31. 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;

  32. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Interestingly seasoned with a haze that tastes that aftertaste. Drinking, fresh, delicious.
    • Nose
      Honeycombs, a crust of white bread, vanilla, just a little haze, black pepper and fragrant herbs.
    • Taste
      Bright juicy pineapple, the smoke amplifies a little, then gives way to malt, citrus, lemon, orange and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Smoky honey sweetness, caramel shades with a little bit of pepper.

  33. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Glenjasper scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Good average for daily enjoyment
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Moses scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Actually, I always avoid such bestseller malts under the age of 14. But I got this bottle with an order. I must say. He didn't let me down. Good standard. Respect.
    • Nose
      Wet and mossy with salty caramel that mixes with the light smoke it starts on the nose. The sherry comes through immediately and a hint of toffee.
    • Taste
      Citrus notes with delicate smoke and sweet peaty notes. But rather in the dry direction. Clearly salty coastal region notes come in between. Not so bad, Mr. Specht.
    • Finish
      More medium than long and delicate woody. Again very earthy with a bitter aftertaste, but on the good side. Is still within good standard.

  36. ishi scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    honey, delicate smoke, semi-dry sherry, herbs. good body, easy-going, not long finish.

  37. Glenjasper scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  38. whiskyd scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

  39. Punktar scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  40. wisekyofcourse 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.

  41. DocF 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.

  42. Moses scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  43. 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.

  44. dRambo scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  45. dRambo scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Nose is still very nice - but on the palate it is a bit too sour and too thin for me - Zechmalt
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke, sherry sweets with orange oil, licorice, lemon, some salt, caramel, pinewood, fleshy, sour
    • Taste
      thin and weak - then mint, orange, pine wood with a lot of resin, larger sips do not really compensate for the perceived wateriness
    • Finish
      Citrus, slightly oak, easily dripping very noticeable licorice - relatively short

  46. Glen Krid scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  47. berarith73 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  48. Danny1968 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    This delicious single malt whisky is with honey and fruit in the nose and a touch of peat. The taste is a mixture of orange, red currant, vanilla and honey followed by smoke and oak.

  49. 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.

  50. Nosingbär scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite standards despite 40%. The beautiful balance of freshness, light fruits, dark fruits, sweetness, dryness and spice makes him so fast none, for this price. Perfect as a prelude to a tasting evening in the summer. 87/100
    • Nose
      fresh, fruity, sweet, with soft, fresh smoke. Fruit ranges from pineapple to oranges (tart, oily, spicy) to a hint of raisin. Honey and malt are also included. A pinch of salt, very gentle. Lemon balm.
    • Taste
      sweet, oranges, pineapple, jasmine tea, spicy meadow honey, malt, a little cinnamon. The trend towards dry remains unexpected today.
    • Finish
      fresh, bitter, orange peel, dry. Spicy, a little cinnamon. Dried fruits and orange oils remain on the palate, nice finish.

  51. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Netter Allday Dram.
    • Nose
      Fruity sweetness, oranges, some sherry, delicate smoke in the background. Some malt, honey, vanilla, heath and light maritime notes. Some chocolate and perfume in the background.
    • Taste
      Watery in the mouth, light smoke again, some pepper. Then fresh, orange and honey, some coffee, some dark chocolate and a touch of oak. Hiding something sherry and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Mitel long. Slightly smoky, some oak, some chocolate and oranges. A touch of sherry.

  52. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/on-location-highland-park/

    N: More obvious sherry influence here than in the 10yo. Water brings out the oils.
    T: Malty sherry balance. A good recipe once again. Water brings oils, some brine, some salt.
    F: Raisiny>grape skin finish with a little salt and some wax.
    C: The last bottle of 12yo HP I had took a few months to open out, and was transformed. This batch seems receptive enough already. Same score as before.Scores a C+

  53. Carnica scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Heather with a hint of vanilla and perfectly integrated smoke is the best thing about this drinkable whisky!

  54. Ra_Di scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  55. SilentBeing did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Delivers on its reputation as a great allrounder. Quite distinctive and enjoyable. Would benefit from a higher bottling strength, but still a fine dram.
    • Nose
      Base of brown sugar, heather honey and vanilla. A moderate peatiness that translates into notes of green apples with hints of orange zest and pineapple. Tiny hints of cardamom, cinnamon and milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet arrival with a light metallic touch which on my palate translates into notes of strawberries and pears. Quickly develops notes of heather honey and brown sugar with a light peppery spiciness. Towards the finish a gentle sourness with notes of orange rind, pineapple and lemonjuice.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet with heather honey and gentle peat. There are hints of strawberries and pineapple in the finish as well.

  56. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  57. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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+

  58. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  59. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  60. 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

  61. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  62. spigray scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  63. spigray scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  64. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

    Full tasting note: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/highland-park/highland-park-12-year-old/

  65. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  66. Olybrius scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    An entry-level whisky quite correct, which drinks well without thinking too much.
    • Nose
      Orange liqueur, honey, herbs (thyme or oregano) long forgotten in a jar poorly closed, a slight smoke.
    • Taste
      Always honey, a little orange, grilled hazelnuts, grilled herbs and wood.
    • Finish
      Quite short and herbaceous, with more burnt wood, a little drying.

  67. Zoltavar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  68. ApricotOne scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  69. RR60 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    An interesting whisky that is difficult to define because of conflicting notes. Rather a dry whisky. Sweetness only in the nose, not really in the taste. Saline, bitter components predominate. Spirit well integrated.
    Opposites nose-taste! Smoke very unobtrusive.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  70. fileosoph scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  71. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Very nice "entry level" from HP.
    • Nose
      Fruits, salty caramel, honey, sherry and mild smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet, slightly peaty start: sherry, fruits, then dry spicy line:
      matured oak, vanilla, citruses and mild smoke
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry, woody

  72. moab21 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky for an excellent price. But you should like the heather taste.

  73. Jeig scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruity. Slightly smoky.
    • Taste
      Sweet at start. Develop more smokiness.
    • Finish
      Slightly dry finish. Good option for entry level into exploring peat but not too heavy into.

  74. Pauli scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    Mild and nice to drink "by the way". However, a bit monotonous. Hardly recognizable.
    • Nose
      Fruit (oranges, peaches), malt, light smokiness, some sea air
    • Taste
      Malt, honey, herbs, too much oak
    • Finish
      The honey becomes caramel, warming.

  75. LukeFive scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I drank half bottle in one sitting yesterday as I needed to restart my brain from all the BS we have to face in our life.

    It was good, quite thin but did its job.

    When I woke up I completely forgotten I drank a lot yesterday. No headache or thirst.  I dont drink often, I probably haven't drink like that for the last year.

    Got it for £25 so good value for money and does it jobs well.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  76. ErrHaBe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  77. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    If you are in the mood for a herbal classic with soft smoke and sea salt breeze, you will reach Highland Park. Great value for money - and you can and should enjoy the "normal evenings" duly.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  78. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sehr schöne frische Kräuternote, würzig. Der eher süße Sherry taucht ganz leicht im Hintegrund auf.
    • Taste
      Jetzt spüre ich neben der Kräuter- auch die Rauchnote und ja, ein wenig Salzigkeit. Sehr angenehm und leicht im Mund.
    • Finish
      Mittlerer bis kurzer Abgang. Im Mund bleibt eine feine Kräuterbonbon-Note.

  79. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly good, especially the quite long smokey finish despite the fact that it only has 40% ABV! A good "daily dram" kind of Whisky and still very affordable for a 12-year-old still priced between 30€ and 40€ a bottle which makes me very happy!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  80. ApricotOne scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  81. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Good introduction to the world of peated whiskys
    • Nose
      Floral, oak, some smoke, orange peel, slightly maritime
    • Taste
      Herbs, oak, honey, hint of sherry
    • Finish
      Medium long, warming, semi-dry, smoke

  82. Allandale scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A classic HP.
    • Nose
      Barley tones, mixed with Oaky,sea-salt fruity and leather  tones. Some smokiness present. 
    • Taste
      Balanced: Deep and intens, Sweetness, vanilla, honey, fruity tones. Heather sweetness. oak wood, malted barley.
    • Finish
      Long warm, smokiness,heather tones and spicy.

  83. Sherrybomber scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  84. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  85. McKen did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    83/100
    • Nose
      A tropical and fruity sensation with pineapple, oranges and peaches. Very sweet with obvious vanilla but eventually also some saltiness and some, like what you would get from burnt grass.
    • Taste
      The full and richly sweet body gives away hints of butterscotch and honey. I also picked up on cereals and a peppery taste. The peaches introduced with the first whiff, return.
    • Finish
      A short and honey-sweet, but slightly salty finish

  86. gerardvw scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  87. Humphrey scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      92 92

  88. Mannix65 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    good standard for entry into the island world
    • Nose
      Coastal character with salt, wet earth, moss and slightly smoky, relatively restrained and discreet, a hint of toffee and green melon
    • Taste
      earthy, slightly smoky, green unripe fruits with a bitter impact - slightly watery
    • Finish
      dry, mild, slightly smoky, short

  89. Mannix65 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  90. LJBurns scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Sweet cereal, bananas and papaya, light toffee on the nose, like a bowl of sugar -topped porridge. Very slight marine and smokey notes.

    More bananas on the palate, tempered with notes of slightly bitter apple or melons in the development.

    The sweetness comes back through on the finish, with just a tiny bit of beach bonfire smokiness.

    With water, i'm getting more saltiness on the nose and noticeably more bitter/sour/smoky notes on the palate. For the price (often discounted in UK supermarkets) this is really well put together and reliable stuff.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  91. martinni scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  92. Era68 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  93. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  94. KOQ24 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -Citrus,Apple,faint Smoke,Peach,herbal,floral,Cream,Chocolate,Spices

    Taste:
    -Honey,slight Smoke,slight Pepper,bitter,Vanilla,Almonds,Peach,slight Sherry

    Finish:
    -smoky
    -soft and short

    O:
    HP 12 provides a nice Combination of all Scotch Whisky Regions.
    An almost perfect Daily Dramn.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      40 40

  95. Andytka3 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    N- Soft, pleasing floral, honey and sweet fruits. Balance with fudge cake and touch of woody smokes orange. Well balance.

    P- Heathered honey peat take centrestage with black tea notes. Hints of old leather lurking at the back.

    F- Medium length with touch of spiciness and dry woody finish.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  96. vb_bembel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram for a reasonable price. Even the low40% ABV work quite well with this whisky.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  97. sapecosta scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  98. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A very good standard covering a wide range of tastes, with no one clearly outweighing the keyword here is balance. Unfortunately with 40% a bit weak on the chest, 46% with maybe 1, 2 points more, so we are at 85 ...
    • Nose
      Light smoke, sherry, flowers, citrus fruits, especially oranges
    • Taste
      Malty, fruity, sweet and slightly smoky, it has something of everything, and everything balanced quite harmoniously. delicious without inspiring me ...
    • Finish
      Short to medium long, moderate oak, dried apple rings and apricots, light smoke in the background ...

  99. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  100. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Pleasantly rounded with peat seal
    • Nose
      Light acidity, lemons, oranges, earthy, slightly peat and charcoal
    • Taste
      Chocolate cake, milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, spices, peat and a little salt
    • Finish
      In the reverberation of vanilla, followed by a strike of peat and burnt rubber. After the peat disappears, salt starts to rise

  101. Waykid scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Okay-ish, has turned a bit more smoky during the the last couple of years. You get the idea of Park here - heather, honey and mid-range-smokiness. I would prefer that they would do this at 46% for in it's present form it is too diluted to stand the ground it would at a higher strength. The peak of their OB is the 18 - better than the 21 that is ok also IMO. The only problem is that they are too expensive - the price-quality-ratio is not sustainable at the moment: they have all the makings of greatness but the present pricing (18 and 21) and strength-policy (12 and 18) denies it. If you like HP's try the Springbank 10 OB or the 12 CS:s - and you will understand what I mean.

  102. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This was the first whisky that actually numbed my lips as I drank it. It's a good introduction to peated whisky.
    • Nose
      Floral peat, salt water, sweet iodine/floral, and citrus zest.
    • Taste
      Floral peat, soft saline notes, and orange peel.
    • Finish
      vanilla, peat, and cream

  103. Collegiate scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tried this at the distillery. Much weaker and less characterful than the 43% version I get in Canada. Although the 40% version is much cheaper in the UK, I would gladly continue to pay the extra $ for the slightly higher abv version.

  104. LordIslay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  105. Islaywolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  106. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  107. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      sherry
      wood, earthy, sweet bitter grass, citrus musk, hints of orange and honey
    • Taste
      sweet, sherry, wood spice, honey, flat
      spiciness
    • Finish
      short,
      malty tang, grain sweetness, smoke, fresh mineral and mild spicy bitterness at
      the back

  108. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  109. sopie scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  110. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  111. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  112. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Still as good after years (I had a bottle in 2011), a value for money.
    • Nose
      Version tested: 2015

      Lemon, iodine, honey, good minerality.
      Traces of sherry, wood, spices, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      super easy, certainly too dilute, but balanced. Good caramel, spices, wood, light peat, honey, heather. Rendered enough pepper
    • Finish
      honey, pepper, heather. good length.

  113. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a core range whisky, a standard release with “unlimited” numbers of bottles released annually. It is affordable and globally available. Core range whiskies are supposed to reflect the distillery character and this is a perfect example. Quite often whisky nerds (like myself) skip core range releases and aim for more limited or unavailable single cask releases. That is unfortunate because single cask releases rarely reflect any distillery’s character. And it is quite educational to regularly zip on core range whisky and this HP12 is (together with Lagavulin 16 among others) one heck of a distillery characterful whisky. But then again, most of us drink whisky because it is delicious, not because of distillery character.

    Rating interval 86-88p
    • Nose
      Quite savory and spicy but also loads of toffee, sea salt and peat smoke. Some herbal notes are coming forward, I think it is something between thyme and bay leaf. Leather and something plastic far back. Not an off-putting note at all.
    • Taste
      Sweet and really measured arrival. After a few seconds it develops into peat smoke, spicy oak, salt and black pepper. After a few more seconds there is another peak of development with spearmint, sweet grapefruit, melon, citrus and bay leaf again. This is complexity no doubts!
    • Finish
      The finish is about subtle spices and salt peat smoke, the characteristic Highland Park smoke. Caramelized sugar, black pepper and slightly bitter herbs and breakfast tea appear before the rather long and lingering tail finally subsides.

  114. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Slightly smoky. Malt, heather, honey, some sweetness.
    • Taste
      Heather, some orange. Acacia honey, malt. A touch of dry earth.

  115. Pyromann scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Heavier, full of both smell and taste, complex whisky, sweet / sour-acid-peat? / Smoke - it's just a little out of this but it's not bad at all.
    • Nose
      Full, dense, malty, still sweet tones - some honey, oversized fruit? yeah, fruit, and uncooked fruit (fresh apples, or something similar).
    • Taste
      Initially sweet, sweet, oily, then a bit rough, there is sweetness, but some sharpness, some peat, or what.
    • Finish
      A little smoke, as if from the background, fruitful sweetness combined with peat and a little bit of "sour" tones, but later reverberates smoke that remains relatively long.

  116. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Typical HP: Nice mix of fruitiness, sweetness and some peat and smokiness. Just delicious whisky, not too much depth. For the price a great buy.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  117. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Balanced whisky with both fruit, sweet and smoky (peat) influences.
    • Nose
      Salty, light peat, leather, citrus, orange peel, honey
    • Taste
      Slightly smoky, light peat, somewhat peppery. Orange and honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Smoky, light peat. Mid-length. Honey.

  118. SAND scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  119. SAND scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Total 85
    • Nose
      Quite rich and open nose of wood, sherry, honey, some heather (87)
    • Taste
      Taste: Wood and some sherry.
    • Finish
      Wood-spiced finish (85)

  120. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I used to drink often, then because of "too boring" (or "something of everything, but nothing right") not anymore, now I am positively surprised - if you take your time, the good has something to offer. For 33 € a good standard for whisky bar and cupboard.
    • Nose
      Welcomed with a fresh-fruity (some lemon, pear, pineapple, Haribo bear) and floral notes, then mild, dry smoke and some honey and spice
    • Taste
      Fruit (orange, pineapple), is gradually darker and sweeter (-> raisin -> chocolate), to light smoke, salt, pepper
    • Finish
      medium in length, pepper, cocoa butter, lime

  121. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, spices, honey, fruits!
    On the palate, the taste of butter, orange-lemon fruits, spices, hulls and the woody side
    In the final, we find an astringent side that persists and the return of various spices, in addition to the orange!

  122. ElArmaSecreta scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  123. Bloempin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  124. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  125. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    have not had this for some years, nose is about as I remember but I think it has less citrus and more spicy
    • Nose
      light smoke, rich raisins, some sweetness and a little citrus, I've never concidered this to be peated, but there's a faint mild peat in the background
    • Taste
      again smoke and raisins, a bit more peat than on the nose, cardboard, sweet spice
    • Finish
      peat, weak pepper, salty liquerice

  126. robain scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  127. robain scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    nice dram
    • Nose
      citrus, honey
    • Taste
      mild, honey, dry fruit, good body.

      grass, leather, apple peel, citrus
    • Finish
      medium short. fruity

  128. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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

  129. malthead-sven scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Because of its 40%, it falls off a bit in the taste, but otherwise well balanced and very aromatic 80/100
    • Nose
      elegant peat smoke, interwoven with a malty sweetness, tangerines, horseradish, nut cake, some floral and earthy, plums, vanilla
    • Taste
      sweet, light, balanced, some oak, no smoke, also the alcohol is not felt
    • Finish
      again light smoke, medium and dark, sweet oak and a little leather

  130. Snerik scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Well, nothing overly complicated or exciting. But given it’s price it still offers quite an enjoyment! 
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, orange. 
    • Taste
      Easy-going, but well done. Some orange zest, milk chocolate and hints of vanilla.
    • Finish
      Pleasant, somewhat short. Orange and honey.

  131. Gonathras did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Highland Park 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2015)  This is terrible, I just noticed that last time I ‘formally’ tasted the popular Highland Park 12, that was in… 2007! Almost tn years ago! Let’s rectify the situation… Colour: pale gold. Nose: this is well Highland Park, with whiffs of smoke, orange squash, burnt grasses, a touch of sea air, a few raisins, and the trademark heather honey. Well, we always say heather honey, but that could be other honeys. Globally, I find it rather more on oranges than the ‘usual’ HP. Didn’t it change a bit? Mouth: sure the strength is a bit low, but the spirit’s quite big, so all remains balanced and certainly not too weak. Other than that, I find our oranges again, this grassy smoke that’s so typical, and perhaps a touch of cardboard. And let’s not forget honey and raisins. I find it very fine. Finish: perhaps not the longest ever, and perhaps is it a bit drying, but it works. Quite malty. Comments: as always, there were rumours that this baby got ‘less good’ in recent years. I’m not sure I agree, this is very fine for the price, and at least it’s got an age statement! SGP:452 - 84 points.

  132. domani scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful single malt with a gentle smoky note - 28.06.2014
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky, sherry, malt sweetness, citrus aromas, honey banana
    • Taste
      Malty, light sweetness and gentle smoke in the background, oak
    • Finish
      medium

  133. Pépé scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Not a fan of this nose, honey and butter, caramelized, floral strand from above. There is a smoke-saline austerity approaching, but too soft. The mouth is too flat, not enough watt. The 40% are more moderately integrated. Typically a whisky that approaches 80, but who can not ...
    • Nose
      Obviously on honey. Whisky rather light. There is vanilla, coconut, a hint of sherry at the bottom, expressing a slight vinous side and nuts, orange too. A lot of oranges actually. This nose has a moist side, Pyrenean milk chocolate, a little buttered Floral touches.
    • Taste
      Excessively calm. First an ounce of caramel, some roasted nuts far away, an evocation of milk chocolate. Then the wood of the barrel arrives with some touches of smoke.
      Cinnamon, licorice, concentrating well :)
    • Finish
      Short final. Some fruits come in stealth mode, pineapple and apples.

  134. Slick scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    I take the price into my statement, however this still remains garbage just like the 2014-2015 Glenfarclas 12,15 ; Bowmore NAS ;  Glenlivet 12,15 ; Macallan NAS and so on and so on. Taste is almost exactly the same (mostly on the finish) compared to these bottlings and many more out there after 2014...Too bad.

  135. flecki scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    02/2016
    • Nose
      Ein wenig Torf, Stroh, sehr mild
    • Taste
      Sanfter Torfrauch, Karamell, Malz, süß
    • Finish
      Mittellang, Lagerfeuer, Kakao, Malz

  136. RolfvanderSteen scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet heather honey, fruity, smoky, with a hint of peat
    • Taste
      Orange, red currant, vanilla and honey, followed by smoke and oak
    • Finish
      Elegant, complex, dry and long

  137. MeijerSenior scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      94 94

  138. supastan scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  139. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: sweet, honey, a little sherry, light smoke
    Taste: malt, sweet smoke
    Finish: intermediate, smoky, slightly spicy and sweet

  140. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Light smoke with a slight sherry note. Not bad...

  141. Obviousz scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  142. Obviousz scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Tasted: 13/01/2016 -> UPDATE 08/03/2016

    I had high hopes for this malt. Heard lots of good words about it. But I found it a little disappointing. I don't get much complexity and the finish is quite a let down. I hoped the peat at least would hang on but it doesn't. It's not a bad dram but it just seems very simple and flat. 

    It has a lot of potential but at 40% abv, colored and chill-filtered it just doesn't cut it for me. I'd love to see a 46% version of this HP12.

    --UPDATE--

    It's not been in the bottle for quite a while and I must say this whisky changed. Oxidation does this bottle much good it seems. Taste is fuller sweeter and longer lasting. Amazing what oxidation can do. 
    • Nose
      citrus fruits, green apple, vanilla, caramel, very light hint of peat. Getiing some sort of rubbery note too.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, honey, vanilla, burnt sugar, toffee.
    • Finish
      Very short, peat doesn't hold on at all. Just get some simple oakwood and caramel notes. No depth here.

  143. Landryn scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  144. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 21-11-2013
    • Nose
      Heather, sherry, touch of peat and fruit
    • Taste
      Grain, smoky flavor and hint of pepper
    • Finish
      Long, with a combination of fresh and spicy, hint of oak at the end.

  145. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  146. Maczet scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  147. karloff scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      73 73

  148. mer1973 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  149. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  150. Part-Time-Alcoholic scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

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

  151. NickDr scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  152. Gloin scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    There are not many whiskys where you can recognize so well what they are made of: grain. That makes the whisky interesting, but otherwise it is not very expressive. He is easy to drink and tastes good, but nothing more.
    • Nose
      Yellow and red apples, mirabelle plums, cereals, a hint of caramel and a bit grassy, ​​slightly spicy, which I can not specify. Can this be the famous Highland Park heather?
    • Taste
      Gentle start, tastes like ... hm ... whisky. The fruits of the smell are repeated, albeit a little more sourly, the grain comes out even stronger. Sour Dough Bread. A touch of oak.
    • Finish
      Slightly longer than short, slightly spicy oak, floury sweet apple, cereals and caramel

  153. Master Quill scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Score (82) for a 2015 bottling

  154. Peter87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  155. steinrich scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  156. Laga93 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  157. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    09/2015
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  158. afrb scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Most pleasant, easy drinking, lots of flavours, remarkable for only 40 proof
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  159. Opeth83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Clearly the heather and honey in the nose characteristic of HP, then you just notice clearly that this whisky at 40% totally not to his right. It is all a bit weak, totally no "body" and a boring aftertaste. I would very much like to see this at 46%.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      72 72

  160. Kostya scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (A
    sample) a very nice malt with a twist
    • Nose
      (neat) sherry-sweet, smoky, sultana,
       muscat grape(water) honey, apple, less smoky
    • Taste
      (neat) touch of peat, sweet turns
      sour and slightly bitter, raisins, grass, ash

      (water) violet, peat, ash, vanilla
      and syrup
    • Finish
      medium,
      sweet and dry, ashy

  161. sopie scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  162. Avdboom scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    It's a fine whisky, but sadly with a lot of 40% abv whisky's I miss the flavour explosion/sensation I do experience consistently with higher abv whisky's (my aim is 46% abv when I buy). Also in this one.

    For me this is just a casual whisky to sip when I'm tired or just want to pay attention to my accompanie, book or movie I watch for example. And for that purpose this is a good whisky to enjoy! It really has somthing for everyone in it, as long as you can appreciate a mild peatines!

    I would recommend it but for my self I'm going to explore some higher abv alternatives.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  163. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  164. jhut scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    I'm a bit disappointed
    • Nose
      Fruit, quite heavy. Malt, a little peat, sweet. Smoke more with water.
    • Taste
      Red fruit, heavy, woody
    • Finish
      Peat, red fruit, malt, pepper. With water more peat, the rest of the flavors fall away.

  165. squaadgras scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  166. Hotspur000 scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    As good as everyone says it is. Has a little bit of everything ... it first hits you with it's mild peatiness, but then finishes smooth and sweet. It really is almost a perfect ride through how a whisky should taste from arrival to finish.  

  167. Patrick93 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  168. Goethe scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Very easy going. Nothing to highlight in particular. Quite a weak oak influence.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Weak smoke, weak sherry, citrus, a touch of honey, some can fruits, some leather.
    • Taste
      Wood, honey, a touch of sherry, spicy, pepper, salty, citrus.
    • Finish
      Short. Some fruits and pepper

  169. whiskyroma scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Satisfying, according to us it’s one of the most competitive entry level in comparison with others.
    • Nose
      he simplicity of two categories: the smoke never too much aggrassive, a soft peat and a lot of dried fruits and/or mellow fruits like almonds, peaches, syruped peaches and chestnut honey.
    • Taste
      Here again like before: a little bit salty with the addiction of the wood, and still fruity notes, sherry, mellow apples and lemon rind, prune, cocoa and finally vanilla.
    • Finish
      Short, fruits and spices, black pepper, cherries cream, prune and cocoa.

  170. whiskyroma scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  171. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  172. DannyBacon scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Good but a little neutral in taste. Light drink, good grill whisky
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  173. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  174. mrbugsb scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  175. whiskyroma scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  176. Rom scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Apricot nose, chewing gum with fruit, strawberry, almond. Mouth slightly oily and tart, strawberry, very light tannins. Final long, warming then astringent and slightly saline.

  177. Shane_IL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I found the taste a bit bland, pity.
    • Nose
      Sulphur, sherry, bit of seaweed, pinapple syrup, salt, very weak smoke, some malty notes, cacao powder, bad white wine on its way to becoming vinegar. Honey. Some slight vegetal peat notes but you have to look for them. There was this canned vegetable paste we'd get in combat rations in the army, it sounded gross but wasn't bad, this kind of smells like it.
    • Taste
      Dry salty sherry, woody notes, honey, herbal notes.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry sherry wood, with some mild smoke and burned matches after the sherry fades

  178. Peter87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  179. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  180. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Well: not bad for the money … -

    but: just a shadow (!!!) of the earlier quality of the 12 yo HP's!

    For me an unpleasant nose, 

    then a bit better taste,

    followed by a reasonable finish.
    • Nose
      caramel, bright soft raisins, Sherry influence, some honey, malty sweetness, some spice, some apple, some smoke, peaty (here for me quite unpleasant …), cheap leather, cheap pineapple from the can, sometimes a whiff of milk chocolate floats by
    • Taste
      weak (!) starting, some spiciness, some salt, vanilla ('floral'), hints of walnut;

      2. sip: an imagination of bitter chocolate, some citrus
    • Finish
      salt, wood smoke, very metallic, some dehydrated orange, oak, hint of vanilla, some honey, and yes: heather

  181. MY MALTS scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Excellent price / performance ratio ... Already the 12 year old HP does not need to shy away from comparisons with the latest products from HP ...

  182. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  183. Matt80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My 'house' malt. A little bit of everything in this and fantastic value. I can't wait to try other HPs!
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke, malt sweetness, some salt
    • Taste
      Smoky,sherried, honey sweetness, malty
    • Finish
      Smoky, slightly spicy long finish

  184. st7 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  185. Max Power scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  186. djmaxliving scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  187. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet. Phenolic smoke. Heather. Light sherry. Raisins. Cookie dough. Vanilla. Cinnamon. Peach.
    • Taste
      Light smoke. Spicy. Honey. Oily. Malt.
    • Finish
      Mild. Malt. Lemon peel. Smoke. Heather.

  188. Defeatless scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Red fruit, sherry, sweet cherry,

    Initial taste: sweet, mildly peated,

    body: a little thin

    Finish: medium, dry, peat prevails more, sherry shows up and goes.

    Price: reasonable

    Presentation: fine, nothing wrong with it.

    Comments: An easy drinking and nice welkom to Highland Park for me! I will buy other bottles for sure!
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  189. henge scored this whisky 74 points Newbie

    First nose is quite strong leathery. After the first sip though, it becomes a lot more complex and interesting. Very little water recommended.
    • Nose
      Dark fruit, old leather, chocolate. Definite sherry influence. A drop of water adds a surprising freshness.
    • Taste
      Soft arrival, wooden, developing into cold smoke. Malt and sherry behind the smoke. A drop of water increases the sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium length, smoke is fading. No bitterness from the oak!

  190. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  191. BottleBox scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    some water is good for him
    • Nose
      Orange, cinnamon, heather honey, aromatic peat smoke, overripe peach
    • Taste
      dark fruits and berries, slight bitterness, slightly metallic
    • Finish
      medium and very tasteful

  192. Guntis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  193. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly goot in taste after the (I am so sorry) really boring nose.

    Has nothing to do with the older HP - bottlings I was lucky to try.

    Light and easy - enjoyable; still at a humane price.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  194. C.H.M. scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A successful balance between peat smoke, fruit flavors and sweetness. This whisky always works

  195. dave3 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  196. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park 12 years, original bottling, 40%
    Orkney Islands, Scotland.

    Nose: herbs and a touch floral, malty sweet with honey notes. In the background, the aromas are carried by a very soft smoke. It develops tropical fruits, hints of pineapple, but quite clearly something apple. Coconut is light, really light.
    ...
    Palate: Slightly sparkling at the beginning, then the single malt becomes stronger. The smoke comes out better than in the nose, he is dry. Behind the fruits and herbs, heather and honey.

    Finish: Unfortunately weaker than nose and palate. Short and creamy with malt.

    Conclusion: nose and palate great, finish disappointing for me, but not bad. Suitable for all maltheads. Beautiful balance between peat smoke, sweetness and fruit. Despite the low alcohol strength complex.

    85/100 points (tasted 2012, approx. 30 €) Posted on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/notesofwhisky

  197. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    This one shows a bit more depth than the 10yo. Affordable and easy to drink.
    • Nose
      Hmm, bacon. Gentle peat, a bit malty and some salty seaweed. After a while it gets fruitier, with pineapple leading the way.
    • Taste
      Peat and smoke at first. Grilled meat. Then licorice, tree bark, black pepper and some spices, mostly cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Pineapple, pepper and campfire smoke. Medium in length.

  198. Timgig scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  199. kalervo scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Shorter after taste, gentle smoke, sweet wood. I tasted Kerttulin in Kievar 10/2014
    • Nose
      Smooth scent, smoke, a little bit of sting, dark wood
    • Taste
      Soft smoke, malt bread, a little vanilla
    • Finish
      Light peat, wood, sweet raisins

  200. Alex scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    still one of the best in it's age and price class. Quite deep and rich for a 12yo, with just the right amount of sweetness, well balanced by fruity and smoky flavours. Easy drinking but delicious dram.

  201. Safran scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    at this age category is very good, even wonderful. A great everyday drink. Good price / quality ratio.
    • Nose
      seaweed, light notes of malt and heather. Significant smoke aroma and cinnamon notes.
    • Taste
      malt sweetness comes first, then smoke and pepper comes, as well as apple, pineapple nectar accents and cinnamon
    • Finish
      long, salty, clear. Smoky, with spicy peanut traces.

  202. Toschi did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, fruity notes, forest honey, then heather, with time a slight hint of smoke comes to light, still sweet notes, dark fruits
    • Taste
      The impressions from the nosing continue: first sweet notes: toffee, malt. Then again the light smokiness, herbal notes, then slight bitterness of the oak
    • Finish
      Medium long, herbal notes sounding, increasingly dry, yet "round"

  203. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  204. Cipidos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  205. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  206. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Heather, honey, some smoke, dried fruit, pineapple
    • Taste
      Oranges, sour apple, lemon juice
    • Finish
      Quite dry, rather short, pineapple, light honey

  207. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A recommendation to every beginner, and a mainstay for the more knowledgeables.
    Presentation: Nice oblong bottle. Sorry about the E150 and the chill filtration.
    • Nose
      W/o water: Fresh, green grain. Floral sweetness, heather. Slight smoke.
      With water: malty grain. Warm, heathery sweetness. Very faint smoke.
    • Taste
      Short sPicey arrival. Long toffee sweet development, with smoke filling the entire mouth.
    • Finish
      Long finish. First making the mouth dry, turning to mouth watering a few seconds later. Heather sweetness.

  208. haubi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Highly recommended for connoisseurs on the way to smoky whiskys. Great all-rounder.
    • Nose
      Very light smoke, the distinct sherry provides sweetness (cranberry). Some heather with water
    • Taste
      Behavior voluminous, spicy, but also sweet (stimulates very much the salivation). Beautifully interwoven flavor components.
    • Finish
      longer finish, smokiness as a good counterpoint to the sherry sweets

  209. ricallende scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    This is one of those malts that makes you fell in Love with whisky when you are discovering this wonderful world of whisky.very pleasent!
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  210. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fresh and rich whisky with substantial flavors. This is a great entry level malt and I will definitely buy a couple of more bottles of this one. 

    (Rating interval 86-88)
    • Nose
      Sweet barley, subtle spices, peat smoke, some salt mineral, honey and leather. 
    • Taste
      Beautiful balance between sweet honey and brine, hints of mint and chili, fresh fruit, melon and lemon. Smoke and earl gray tea.
    • Finish
      Citrus, orange peel, black pepper and beautifully balanced sweet smoke.

  211. wheatfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Pours light to medium amber.  Nose is a fairly dank fermented grain with some sherry notes -- cooked apples, big pie crust, brown sugar.  Mouth is a bit sweet and buttery upfront with medium alcohol heat coming in after.  Lots of that buttery pie crust, baked apple, really very pie-like.  A lot of savory elements blended with the sweeter sherry and fruit.  Pretty good but overly buttery and thin, and young, a spirit that probably needs more age.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  212. Heritage-of-Hugo scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I'd recomment not adding water, kills this spirit.
    • Nose
      Sweet fruit, a bit of vanilla and fruit (apple). Honey and some smoke on the background.
    • Taste
      Some smokey tones, fruit (citrus and apple), honey.
    • Finish
      Medium long, balanced, yet again some honey and apple.

  213. numen scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Good HP fun and smoke. Very lightly sweet, honey, and malt. Sprinkle of
      salt. Floral and heather. Pineapple, ginger, and vanilla. Nuts and
      off-putty, with sour cherries, of course. Hint of wax and orange-colored
      fruits (apricots) Still, just fairly sweet and straightforward
      sugar-frosting and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Well balanced. Creamy and silky at the same time. Pleasant and nice
      floral (violet) honey. The wood is good, if not a touch drying. Bitter
      wax. Malty. Ginger and pepper. Rather less fruit, but still nice. Smoke
      near the tail.
    • Finish
      Brief, on smoke, salt, drying wood, a bit bitter, and honey. Wax from
      flower petals. The nose was more dynamic than the palate, but the palate
      was more pleasing -- just not as impressive. The finish was a bit of a
      let-down, capturing the core HP qualities, but missing out on the rest
      of it.

  214. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  215. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    compared with Highland Park 12-year-old 2006 L0548C L1122:07

    this HP is more fresh
    • Nose
      fruity, vanilla, peat heath, smoke, figs and honey
    • Taste
      smoke, some meat, floral, some pepper, roasted barley, citrus, fruity and leather
    • Finish
      pepper, honey, citrus and floral - lavender

  216. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Just good. One of the best bang for buck whiskys.

    Spicy, a hint of smoke, red fruit, some green fruit, some orange, a little bitter finish. This whisky has many flavors. A great beginners whisky!

    Now that I've tasted more whisky, I rate it lower. But that's probably because my taste has shifted. If I could change one thing about this, I would make it stronger. I find it a little weak now. 
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  217. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  218. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    12-year-old highland park
    Tasted 2014-04-21 @ Vaddern: full-bodied with dark chocolate and coffee, velvet long finish with apricot 80

  219. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior




    The lingering and gently smoky finish wins me over!
    • Nose



      Sweet
      smoke, metallic, a bit flowery, fresh fruits (apple,lemon,melon,mango)
    • Taste



      Smooth
      and a bit sweet. Honey, citrus fruits, a bit tangy, smoke reappears.
    • Finish



      Rather
      long. Fresh and sweet, the smoke keeps coming back in waves.

  220. Taita scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Balanced limited peaty whisky
    • Nose
      First scent impression is fruity, aromatic, but also wood and peat
    • Taste
      Taste is mild and balanced, Woody, sweet and after a few seconds clear peat
    • Finish
      something cognac, caramel and peat fading away

  221. addyhd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  222. Jaydee scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  223. sicco scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    One of my favourites.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      82 82

  224. mathijs881 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  225. Stenface scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      80 80

  226. LukeFive scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky for price. Bit watered down but it doesn't take away the quality and depth. 

    It starts sweet and turns into peaty at the finish which is medium long.

    Of course I would love to try this at 46% non chill filtered but the price would probably reflect that. Other than that its nice summer everyday whisky.

  227. LukeFive scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  228. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      77 77

  229. GibbonGorilla scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  230. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruit, salt, light peat, walnut oil
    • Taste
      oak, nuts, a hint of molasses
    • Finish
      malt, short touch of sweetness, spices, long woody finish

  231. Roosty scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A good "entry level". A profile that I like about chocolate, oranges and honey. Smoothness and a little smoke, youpi! Could still benefit from a few extra degrees (43-46).
    • Nose
      Smoked, notes of chocolate, leather, fruits, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, marzipan. A little salty in the background.
    • Taste
      Smoke. The alcohol is a little felt. Chocolate, vanilla, fruity (oranges, strawberry notes ?????). Dry grass, a little salty. Rather round, creamy, "buttered".
    • Finish
      Pretty short. Sweet, smoky, fruity, malty. Vanilla, chocolate, honey.

  232. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Classic HP nose, with the heather and honey mingling with the soft peat smoke (very distinct from the characteristic Islay peat). Faint fruity notes linger in the background (apple and pineapple mainly) alongside tablet and hazelnuts. Nothing dominates and it is all beautifully balanced. Doesn`t take water too well though, likely due to being bottled at 40%. Not as distinguished on the palate (quite thin), and a bit more youthful, with a spirity edge coming through the peppery spices and the soft peat smoke. A medium-length, dry finish at the end, although the essence of soft peat smoke does linger on. Lovely nose, and great value for money, but I think this whisky would benefit massively if bottled at a higher strength (46% perhaps?).
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  233. Bishlouk scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    (tasted blind)
    • Nose
      A light peaty wine, halfway between iodized and farmer (the latter taking over iodine thereafter). A sweet treat on candied mandarin (Refill sherry? Exotic wine barrel finish?). Celery and parsley hints fly away (WTF?).
    • Taste
      Entry quite discreet, a little watery. It's soft knee, it lacks power. A little pepper in the cheeks, a grassy thing (celery, again?) Goes back in the nose. Wet straw (and slightly moldy) afterwards.
    • Finish
      Almost nonexistent, the tastes flee to any leg. A milipoil of white pepper persists (but not long).

  234. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky for a reasonable price. Light smoke, a mild sweetness and in my opinion a great malt taste. This standard filling is mandatory in every well-stocked bar.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  235. Fable scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  236. moviemaniac scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Rather complex, sweet yet spicy, youthful dram, quite enjoyable indeed.
    • Nose
      Hints of smoke, raisins, milk chocolate, toffee, bitter orange spicyness
    • Taste
      Oak, hints of smokiness, earth, bitter chocolate, honey sweetness
    • Finish
      warm, lingering, malty, oaky, hints of salt

  237. Cannonball scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  238. Malt Hans scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Malty and fruity aroma, floral honey, ripe

    banana, liquorice, oat porridge and cinnamon. Vanilla sweet taste,

    anise, cardamom, apple pie, toffee and orange marmalade. Medium long,

    malty and spicy end.

  239. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good value for money. Around 22 € during annual specials of some stores in France. However, a bit too bitter for me.
    • Nose
      Highland Park or how to have an impressive communication policy, a superb lobby, beautiful bottles at dantesque prices and mithomania on the walls "Highland Park one of the best whiskys in the world" (Murray's phrase out of his context I believe). But I admit, their range is interesting. And Kirkwall, beautiful city!
      Nose simple, a little alcoholic, then arrives on the wood, smoked herring, iodine, pepper a little vanilla. I am embarrassed by the badly integrated degrees.
    • Taste
      Softer. More wood (a little "green") and vanilla, a little caramel, seafood and pepper, bitter cocoa and orange peel.
    • Finish
      Quite long and pleasant, still bitter orange, wood and vanilla. A little smoke and more pepper.

  240. granella2003 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose is fresh, clean and very aromatic. Floral notes abound

    the senses with a light grassiness. Notes of creamy manuka honey and a touch of

    juicy citrus with cream and a well-balanced sweetness. The palate is quite full

    with a pleasant subtlety to the depths. Lurking somewhere in the substratum a

    grilled orange lies. Notes of granary toast and green tea with jasmine. A touch

    of sweetness. The finish is quite long with peppered spicy and wood shavings

  241. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    2013_03. Highland Park 12 yo OB, 4 decades blind tasting.
    bottle from 2012 (?)
    • Nose
      smokey, brine-y, (rotting) artificial leather, tyre/tube rubber, a sweet cereal/oatmeal note underneath with a bit of vanilla essence, also some berry fruit candies/sweets, slightly fishy, (85)
      After a bit: much nicer balance, less smoke, much more character to the sweetness with some fruit and butterscotch, although the savoury/smokey notes come out on top still. Perfumed pipe tobacco now as well, a tad plastic-y maybe. A bit flakey in character. (86)
    • Taste
      salty, fruit & black tea, mushrooms, some vanilla, popcorn, some cereals, somewhat dry (84)
    • Finish
      quite long, more salt, wood smoke, caramel, quince & orange, faint metal polish, (86)
      Later: dryness drags out much more and is the last bit standing the linger you give it time, luckily doesn't turn bitter and there's quite pelasant notes underneath still, but not a fan of overly dry ending. (83)

  242. Angelos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A nice one for a fair price!
    • Nose
      Slight peat and malt. Sweet honey and a bit caramel.
    • Taste
      Malt again. Sweet and a bit spice from the oak
    • Finish
      Quite long finish with oak.

  243. WillemvdK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Awesome whisky. Especially for the price.
    • Nose
      Buttery chocolate in a hospital waiting room. Also some roasted walnuts and honey.
    • Taste
      Sweet roasted nuts and honey, almond cookies with a slight bitterness.
    • Finish
      Here comes the smoke! You really have to look for the peat in the nose but you get the full monty in the after taste. Very pleasant finish.

  244. Xstream scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The whisky that didn`t really got me at first but grew on me to one of my favs. Really, this one has more then you`d think at first. Even had a HP masterclass tasting with the following HP`s: 12 yo / 15 yo / 18 yo / Thor / 25 yo.

    I thought the 15 & 25 yo were best, followed closely by the 12 yo, which felt a bit fresher. So i believe It`s excellent price / Q value. 

    I have this one always on stock

  245. rendelius scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    I find this whisky, despite the praise it sometimes receives, rather bland and uninteresting - and more so because there are outstanding Highland Parks around.

  246. D3US scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    RetasteNose: Sweet orange peel, honey and soft spice. Cinnamon, maybe coffee. Heather flowers, vanilla and some oak. Subtle smoke in the background.

    Taste: Refreshingly fruity. Orange again. Great spice/honey/smoke mix. Oak as well. Malt at the back and nicely warming.

    Finish: Medium length. The smoke finishes off a wonderful fruity and honey sweetness.

  247. Alex scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Made from the best barley malted over burning peat from the distillery-owned Hobbister Moor. Merged with waters from our own source, the Cattie Maggie spring. Aged in casks for a minimum of twelve years that shape its rare and very distinctive character.

     

    http://www.shanghai9.net/whisky-whisky/highland-park-12-year-old-single-isle-of-orkney-malt-scotch-whisky.html 

  248. Tommalt scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    A tasty whisky for the beginning of the evening. The taste is full, but with a short aftertaste. Beautiful color and certainly worth its money. Especially recommended for novice whisky lovers

  249. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One of my favourites!

  250. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I must say, I feel the old bottling has the better nose, but the new one tastes nices and has a better mouthfeel, although the difference is small. This is actually standard stuff that should be present in every whisky cabinet.
    • Nose
      This new batch has a completely different nose from the older ones in the dumpy bottles. Very sweet and grainy, but the bouquet of wild flowers is more like wet grass here, freshly cut. Again quite a bit of honey, of course, and that typical sweet peat from Orkney, which is so dofferent from the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Islay peat. The fruit is again a citrus variation, but in this case I would say lime and tangerine. A touch of smoke and even some salted butter. Not lacking in heather either.
    • Taste
      The body has not improved. Weak, almost watery attack. The classic HP traits pass the palate one by one: heather, honey, sweet peat, citrus. It does show a nice spiciness on ginger and pepper and a bit of liquorice. Light on smoke, slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather short, but clean, with a hefty helping of pepper.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

  251. HunterRomario scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I gave her 3 chances, alone, then a direct comparison with BenRiach 12th SherryWood, which SherryWood clearly won in terms of flavor and aroma, and finally, according to my estimation of the points I will probably give with Tomintoul Peaty Tang. This fight was very balanced, the scent roughly balanced, eventually the more mature taste of Highland Park about the Korean women's breasts wins. No, there's nothing wrong with Highland Park, but for me, nothing that would make me wonder what this whisky would be different is just as average, and it does not fit me.
    • Nose
      There is a slight dominance of malt, a weak hint of peat. Thoroughly thin and weak, nothing more is happening.
    • Taste
      It's definitely not flat, but once again dominates the malt, practically what promises the smell, I discover in taste.

  252. Drochaid did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes
    Appearance:Glowing amberNose:Heather-honey sweetness; peaty smokinessPalate:Rounded smoky sweetness; full malt deliveryFinish:Teasing, heathery, subtle smoke. Delicious

    Take your time to appreciate the nose of Highland Park 12 and
    you ll discover the characteristic honey sweetness followed by fruit - maybe pineapple, apple or pear. On the palate it is drying and leaves a
    gentle smokey feeling and a flavour that just keeps on going.http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/the-tasting-room/core-expressions/highland-park-12-year-old-40-abv

  253. nijholtm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      gentle smoke, marzipan, baked apples and pine wood. A hint of extra vergine olive oil after a while in the glass.
    • Taste
      rich and sweet. With caramel and Madeira. Dryish on the back of the tongue. Walnuts and dried almonds.
    • Finish
      Dried orange peel. Cacao powder. With a lingering taste of sweet smoke

  254. Jonkers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's a light-peated whisky but unlike the Islay-whiskies. For me more pleasant !
    • Nose
      Clearly peat ! Also oak. In the background salty and leatherly. Malt and vanilla. The nose is rather complex.
    • Taste
      Pleasant tingle in the nose. Salty, but also sweet like honey. Vanilla too.
      In contrast to the nose: little evidence of peat.
    • Finish
      All flavors are covered ! Just very pleasant. In the end a hint of vanilla but sweetness predominates.

  255. zinaf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My notes might change next time when I taste it, as whisky was very cold when I had it.
    • Nose
      Sweet honey notes. (Water) gentle peat, dried fruits, I could feel the alcohol in my nostrils. After I gave it a bit of time a lovely nuttiness appeared, then the smoke again.
    • Taste
      Citrus, sweet, grassy, hint of caramel candy. With time, the peat becomes more expressive.
    • Finish
      Medium, on peat and earthy notes.

  256. D3US scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If this is the standard for Highland Park, competitors should step up their game. All flavors are subtle and lovely, making this a high end whisky. Kudos to the makers in Kirkwall. 
    • Nose
      Sweet and honey-like, as if taking a bite out of a honeycomb. There's some subtle smoke there and some cinnamon, breaking the sweetness to add a nice little spicy touch.
    • Taste
      Fruity like dried orange peel combined with that typical heather honey sweetness. After that subtle smoke again, making for a full, grown up taste.
    • Finish
      The heather honey remains, but smokiness lingers longest. Some candied apple and orange marmalade add freshness.

  257. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    " Highland Park 12yo remains one of the gold standard malts for other

    distillery bottlings to aspire to. With a delicious sweetness

    (heather-honey is their preferred description) and a warming, silky

    mouthfeel, this is a whisky that never lets you down."
    TWE

  258. b0b scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  259. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  260. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Delicious.  One of the best 12s on the market. 
    • Nose
      Honeycomb, smoke, and heather (all in nice harmony).  Light touch of sherry.
    • Taste
      Smooth and honeyed, then smoky.  Sea salt.  Malt and heather.  
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, and floral.  Touches of honey.  A bit more salt.

  261. christophe_carles scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  262. Collector57 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      a hint of smokey peat. A hint of oranges to me, which I haven't seen before. Sweet and malty with heather-honey
    • Taste
      Malt-sweet and buttery but quite bitter too. Honey again and still that bit of peat.
    • Finish
      Bitter again. Long-lasting. That hint of smoke is still lingering.

  263. Feusi scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    In the nose hints of smoke, heather, honey and lavender, sweet sherry and a little apple. The mouth has taste of honey, orange, apple, spicy, malty sweet. In the finish fresh and warm, spicy, earthy heather, and cocoa and a pinch of peat.

  264. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky, “garden bonfire” sweetness, heathery, malty, hint of sherry
    • Taste
      Succulent, with smoky dryness, heather-honey

      sweetness, and maltiness.
    • Finish
      Teasing, heathery, delicious

  265. Lafroy scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose is rather heavy, strong, sweet with
      hints of dried fruits and fruit compote, smoke and some salt.
    • Taste
      Rather heavy and lightly peaty, with dried
      fruits, hints of roots and apple, rotten pears and heavy wood to it. Some smoke
      is noticeable as well
    • Finish
      Powerful and attacking. Medium long with
      strong spirit notes.

  266. Willie JJ did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Such an easy whisky to like. I always seem to enjoy drinking it but
    never remember that much about it afterwards. I should probably make a
    note to myself to have a dram of it every month just to remind myself
    how inexpensive whisky drinking pleasure can be.
    • Nose
      Hmm, the whisky and the glass are very cold. Need some warmth. Aah
      there it comes, classic HP12 with that heather honey. Getting some
      smokey toffee, malt concentrate and fresh orange notes now.
    • Taste
      Mmm, initial sweetness is followed by light sooty notes so quickly its
      hard to separate them. Then its chewy citrus laced toffee with hints of
      barley sugar.
    • Finish
      Little waves of salty/sweetness that drift into the middle distance.

  267. PierreDH scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    The bottle has been open for three months, remains 55cl.
    • Nose
      Very lemony. © FumÃÂ. Small salt and iodized side. These first impressions make me think of tequila more than a whisky. A bit of heather honey. Discrete floral notes. Clove. Marked acidity and strong alcohol noticeable. The next day, these aroma of tequila diparu giving way to bubble gum.
    • Taste
      Round and unctuous.
    • Finish
      Length and average intensity on smoke. Lemon notes. Too monolithic.

  268. tomy63 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Excellent entry-level at HP
    • Nose
      heather, smoke, barley, vanilla, touch of sherry
    • Taste
      fumee, miel et bruyere, malttee
    • Finish
      medium vanilla, heather, wood

  269. karloff scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    A lovely balance of honey citrus and smoke
    • Nose
      Honey with citric and smoke
    • Taste
      A medium body but mellow and sweet wine
    • Finish
      Has a bitter and dry finish but thats a good thing

  270. daniel_hirsch scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nice dram for whisky-starters, often called an "every-day dram". Maybe more than that, but definately not less!
    • Nose
      Sweet honey, fruity (maybe apples), strong malt, yeast, a little smoke.
    • Taste
      Very malty and smoky, but still mild, quite round taste. Wooden flavours and a hint of peat.
    • Finish
      After a short intermezzo of citric fruit, spices occur. Anise, vanilla. Relatively short finish.

  271. Frederic Olivera scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Smoky, seabreeze
    • Taste
      A little peat, smoke, sweet
    • Finish
      long, herbal

Tastingtags

Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.

Whiskybase

Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  




Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 60207205
VAT: NL853809112B01

Copyright © 2022


Forgot your password?

Login