Highland Park 12 Years Viking Honour

The 12-year-old Highland Park is the most important cornerstone in the distillery's assortment. Matured in sherry casks, it convinces with a sweet and spicy character.

The 12-year-old Highland Park is the most important cornerstone in the distillery's assortment. Matured in sherry casks, it convinces with a sweet and spicy character.

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19381
Highland Park
Scotland, Islands
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
40%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Sherry, Sherry, Sherry Refill
Chill filtration - With Artifical colouring - Without
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 3 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Sherry:
Fruit:
Honey:
Malt:
Vanilla:
Oak:
Spices:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Heather:
Alcohol:
Dried Fruit:
Fig:
Floral:
Grapefruit:
Lemon:
Nuts:
Orange:
Peach:
Pear:
Pepper:
Pineapple:
Tobacco:
Herb:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Spices:
Sherry:
Oak:
Malt:
Nuts:
Fruit:
Heather:
Oil:
Salt:
Herbs:
Maritime Notes:
Honey:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Dark Chocolate:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Berries:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cake:
Cherry:
Dried Fruit:
Grapefruit:
Leather:
Medicinal Smoke:
Pepper:
Pineapple:
Plum:
Finish
Oak:
Peat Smoke:
Spices:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Heather:
Sherry:
Herbs:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Honey:
Bonfire Smoke:
Dark Chocolate:
Ham:
Malt:
Caramel:
Coffee:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Iodine:
Nuts:
Pepper:
Vanilla:
Walnut:
Zitrus:
Maritime Notes:

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Tasting Notes 3

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06. Apr 2018
Nosing: Zitrus Peat Smoke
The nose on this is initially quite muted but asserts itself after sitting for 5 mins or so. The nose is fresh with citrus fruit, lemon and grapefruit and floral components. There is some background musty peat smoke but nothing overpowering.

Taste: Malt Salt Sweet Peat Smoke
Medium sweet arrival, middle of the road intensity. Savoury and salty. Peat smoke kicks in on the back end.


Finish: Peat Smoke Pepper Ham
The peat smoke kicks in more on the back end, not as overpowering as your traditional islay malt. Black Pepper. It has a savoury meaty quality to it also.

Comment:
I hadn't tried the HP 12 since its rebranding and don't be fooled, it is a completely different beast. It has far less sherry influence than the old release and presents itself more like a quarter peated islay malt. The nose is fine, but lacking the richness HP used to have. The palate is good, but doesn't have a lot of character, still has the saltiness that I remember. Peated malts usually cover this sort of thing up with a preponderance of smoke, but this doesn't have it. The smokiness only really kicks in in the last third. I actually think the finish on this is quite good, it has that classic spicy finish still, but with a great deal more peat smoke than it used to have. I reckon it could have been a lot better at higher percentage, but with their official bottlings HP is going for the volume play. At least it is reflected in the price. I picked up a bottle at the supermarket for under 30 quid. Good job too though, I don't think the changes they made to it are positive overall.
27. Jul 2018
Nosing: Orange Vanilla Sherry Fig Honey

Taste: Sherry Peat Smoke Leather Cherry

Finish: a very subtle Peat Smoke , not-too-sweet Caramel , Walnut

Comment: A surprising transition from dominant sherry & fruit on the nose, to a subtle bitterness in its finish.

A very approachable, enjoyable whisky for many levels of of palate sophistication - disentangling the fruit & sweet complexity presents a particularly satisfying challenge.
01. Mar 2019
Nosing: Oak Honey Peach Sherry Malt Peat Smoke

Taste: Plum Berries Spices Sweet Oak Salt Dark Chocolate

Finish: Long

Comment: Strong old oak notes arrive on the nose first, coupled with warm stone fruits and honey. A mild smokey overtone can be found. A warm burst of spices and oak set the base for heather flowers and honey to shine before a dry, bitter dark chocolate finish. There is a minor sherry note found though citrus and stone fruits hold a constant sweetness. A great all rounder dram!
HerrThorsen
22. Nov 2018
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Phenom
16. Mar 2019
behrrene
23. Nov 2017
Mr_Malt
26. Nov 2017