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Highland Park 12-year-old

Overall rating
81.41/100
votes
767
Whiskybase ID
WB96755
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Viking Honour
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
LO297Y L04 05/07
Barcode
5010314570101
Added on
27 May 2017 2:47 pm by RoyC
Uncolored

Average value

€ 42.78

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767 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.41 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 52 points Connoisseur

    The last Highland Park bottle I purchased was Dragon Legend, which I liked so thought it was about time I tried the latest 12 year to see if it was worth buying a session bottle as it were?
    Well it is a big, fat no from me because this is rubbish, I can`t believe this is what the distillery passes off as the opener in their core range these days.
    I know it is only £25-£35, so many will say "what do expect for that sort of money"?
    What I expect is something worth opening to be honest, this is just manufactured, sickly sweet, coloured and caramelised crap, it is awful. I must be honest but I was struggling to call this whisky, it tasted more like one of those dreadful 30% whisky liqueurs.
    Does Highland Park really think this sort of putrid offering is the sort of thing to lure in people new to whisky, if they do. well they need to re think their strategy because I would rather drink gin than this.
    The reason I am having a rant is because it was Highland Park 12 year that got me started on my whisky journey over 20 years ago, HP 12 back then meant something which was a quality, tasty dram at a reasonable price and something that could be relied upon for quality.
    Highland Park management, you should hang your collective heads in shame for trying to pass this vile oversweet, tasteless and soulless whisky off as a quality dram, you have gone the way of Macallan but. at least you are a bit cheaper for your base offering I suppose. This makes Laphroaig Select look like a quality dram and Laphroaig select is rubbish too.
    I got the Dragon Legend bottle when it first came out, I need to buy another one to see if they have reduced the quality in that one too.
    WTF Highland Park, just WTF are you doing?
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      45 45
    • Finish
      50 50

  2. Arquebus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Decent enough dram for £25  - in fact an excellent dram at this price, especially for a 12 yr old age statemented whisky.  It's let down a little by its meagre 40%, but I like the subtle signature HP smoke in this. I bought it for the bottle - with the Celtic knot work on the bottle - thinking I'd use it for a 'solera' bottle (creating my own malt blend by adding different malts to it).

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Lacks the depth and fullness of the more matured ones which I feel may not have been so noticable at a few % more abv.

    Still a decent 12YO.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, citrus, pineapples, green apples, oranges.

      Mild but not in any way prominent peat smoke.

      Sweetness of honey and a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very mild and almost watery arrival.

      A short burst of sweetness before it quickly turns to rather spicy warm.

      Nuts, caramel, cinamon, maybe some smoke cured ham at the end.
    • Finish
      Sweet caramel, nuts, honney sweetness with some of the spice lingering in a small inch short of medium lenght. Rather nice salty liqorice on the death.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ctu scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    What is going on, HP? Why is your 10yo better than your core range 12yo? How did it come to this? Too busy digging up dead vikings from the pages of history to do quality assurance?
    This should not be called Viking Honour, but Viking Funeral.
    • Nose
      On the nose a greasy smokiness - a bit like in the Valkyrie, and in my opinion not very HP at all. Salt, malted barley, stale butter, some fruits, honey.
    • Taste
      The taste is flat and uninspiring, but at least it lacks that dirty greasiness of the nose. Is this what happens when all the best casks that ought to be vatted here are sold as pricey singles?
    • Finish
      Swift. Faintly salty, sooty honey.

  7. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    In general, this is a good whisky, but inexpressive, with no zest at all. Even HP's signature features are blurred. This is not what you expect from the once beloved Highland Park! The numbers on the label are here for beauty. The new 12 doesn't differ much from NAS releases like Spirit of the Bear.
    • Nose
      Subdued, infused with tones of gray bread and spices. Deeper - light smoke, sea and old skin. After 10 minutes, the aroma gradually began to disintegrate, and notes of caramel appeared.
    • Taste
      A little oily, a little smoky, peppery, with an oaky bitterness and a decent malt component.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, moderately smoked, with hints of spice, iodine and caramel in the background.

  8. MLE scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. lucero scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Malty1797 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    alright baseline standard, even at only 40%
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
      short breads
    • Finish
      80 80

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