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 - WithArtifical colouring - Without
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Sherry:
Honey:
Herbs:
Heather:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Oak:
Zitrus:
Spices:
Pear:
Tobacco:
Herb:
Apple:
Orange:
Pepper:
Pineapple:
Raisin:
Seaweed:
Maritime Notes:
Alcohol:
Banana:
Bonfire Smoke:
Caramel:
Cherry:
Dried Fruit:
Fig:
Floral:
Grapefruit:
Ham:
Lemon:
Medicinal Smoke:
Nuts:
Peach:
Tasting
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Spices:
Sherry:
Oak:
Fruit:
Honey:
Malt:
Heather:
Herbs:
Nuts:
Oil:
Salt:
Zitrus:
Maritime Notes:
Bonfire Smoke:
Vanilla:
Herb:
Cherry:
Chocolate:
Dark Chocolate:
Medicinal Smoke:
Plum:
Berries:
Cake:
Caramel:
Chili:
Dried Fruit:
Grapefruit:
Ham:
Leather:
Mint:
Orange:
Pepper:
Pineapple:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Oak:
Spices:
Sweet:
Herb:
Fruit:
Sherry:
Heather:
Herbs:
Dark Chocolate:
Honey:
Malt:
Bonfire Smoke:
Chocolate:
Caramel:
Coffee:
Ham:
Nuts:
Pepper:
Zitrus:
Maritime Notes:
Alcohol:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Iodine:
Orange:
Pear:
Seaweed:
Tobacco:
Vanilla:
Walnut:

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Tasting Notes 6

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06. Apr 2018
Nosing: ZitrusPeat 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: MaltSaltSweetPeat Smoke
Medium sweet arrival, middle of the road intensity. Savoury and salty. Peat smoke kicks in on the back end.


Finish: Peat SmokePepperHam
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.
Tomasz
18. Sep 2019
Comment: I have compare side by side this whisky to HP 10 and it seems to be very similar howevere more dry. Nothing really more to say than about HP 10. I may like 10 YO more for its honey sweetness.
milkbonez
12. Sep 2019
Nosing: Peat SmokeSweetBananaFruit

Taste: light Peat Smoke , Ham meaty kinds of taste. savory. PlumFruit

Finish: HerbTobacco def somewhat bitter, but not in a bad way. kind of short finish

Comment:
27. Jul 2018
Nosing: OrangeVanillaSherryFigHoney

Taste: SherryPeat SmokeLeatherCherry

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: OakHoneyPeachSherryMaltPeat Smoke

Taste: PlumBerriesSpicesSweetOakSaltDark 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!
12. Jun 2020
Nosing: Complex, sweet and slight peat smoke, fresh tin tobacco, a little ocean spray Peat SmokeTobaccoSweetMaritime Notes

Taste: Sweet and smooth on arrival, a hint of mint and herbal notes leading to a light medicinal peat mid palate, with a pleasant intensity and oakiness. HoneyHerbsMintPeat SmokeMedicinal SmokeOak

Finish: long and complex enough. SweetMaritime NotesBonfire Smoke

Comment: This is one of the best/most complex 12 year old whiskeys I've had. Highly recommend this to someone who wants to begin trying whiskies with smoky characteristics as the smoky/peat flavours are not too intense and is well integrated with the sweetness of this spirit.
Mahler
20. Mar 2020
Nosing: Peat SmokeCherry

Taste: Peat SmokeSweetZitrusCherryOak

Finish: Long OakFruit

19. Jul 2020
Nosing: SweetZitrusHeatherVanilla

Taste: SweetHerbsOak

Finish: Sweet bitterness

Comment: I really think this is a good whisky! and for someone who is ''new'' to whisky i would recommend this a lot. It have a very deep sweet and rounded taste for me. But i must say i definitely do not get that smoky nose or flavor that the average tasting note would suggest :D
HerrThorsen
22. Nov 2018
KDav69
08. Jul 2019

Comment: My bottle is 43% ABV