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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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Sherry:
Honey:
Herbs:
Heather:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Zitrus:
Pear:
Apple:
Grass:
Orange:
Tobacco:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Banana:
Bonfire Smoke:
Caramel:
Cherry:
Dried Fruit:
Fig:
Floral:
Grapefruit:
Green Apple:
Ham:
Lemon:
Medicinal Smoke:
Nuts:
Peach:
Pepper:
Pineapple:
Raisin:
Seaweed:
Maritime Notes:
Tasting
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Spices:
Oak:
Honey:
Malt:
Fruit:
Heather:
Herbs:
Nuts:
Oil:
Salt:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Maritime Notes:
Bonfire Smoke:
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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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.
23. Dec 2017
Phenom
16. Mar 2019
Perseus83
09. Feb 2018
TheLostKing
15. Dec 2017
MatzeZ
27. Feb 2018
roemergruft
11. Apr 2018
KF90
26. Aug 2018
Maik_Li
09. Sep 2018