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Whisky Reviews for Highland Park 12-year-old
36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.06 points
- 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).
- 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.
Fresh, fruity, citrus, pineapples, green apples, oranges.
Mild but not in any way prominent peat smoke.
Sweetness of honey and a little vanilla.
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.
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.
- Blind tasting:
Nose: very delicate smoke, behind it citrus fruits, apple, later a little nut
Taste: nutty-chocolatey, caramelized almond, intense salt behind
Finish: salt chocolate, spices, pepper, the smoke fades, medium length
I suspect a Highland Park, even if the salt is more towards Talisker, but the smoke is far too little for that
Conclusion: nice station wagon, I like it very much, 85/100
- Quite ample and fresh nose, loaded with citrus. Lemon, orange, clementine. Spices, some red fruits in the background. The peat is light, but well smoked. Very nice balance between this smoke and citrus, on this side it is successful.
Mouth in the continuity of the nose, a solid base of peat on which rest the citrus fruits, which tend towards exotic fruits almost. Pineapple, papaya. White plum, an ounce of vanilla. Light sprinkling of spices. Successful finish, where smoke comes out. Little taste of vanilla to finish. Earth and grass.
Very nice for a 40 °, but it lacks a bit of body to enter the big leagues.
- Control tasting, sometimes the notes from before the design change rausgekramt:
"Nose: welcomed with a fresh-fruity (some lemon, pear, pineapple, Haribo bear) and floral note, 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-long, pepper, cocoa-bitter, lime "
If you can leave it that way, maybe it has become a bit milder, sweeter, a little less fruit, but all in the day shaping area.