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Highland Park 12

  • Distiller:

    Highland Park

  • Bottler:

    Highland Park

  • ABV:


  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: At $50 a bottle, this delightful whisky is a bargain I’d be equally happy to enjoy (and proud to serve) on a Tuesday evening as after Christmas dinner.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A lemon twist or two comes next with the peat smoke just teasing your senses.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: This amber spirit has a light, briny vanilla scent and a silky feel. A veil of smoke rises through the Scotch (but fades out fast), leaving behind a sweet nutty, vanilla finish.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Highland Park 12 is on the upper end of average for 12 yr whisky these days and as such it’s not a bad buy.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Mild smoke, peat, and honey all work well in the HP 12, but it’s not nearly as memorable as some of the other expressions.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The mouthfeel is solid, coats nicely.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: Smooth and honeyed on the palate, with citrus fruits, malt, and distinctive tones of wood smoke in the warm, lengthy, slightly peaty finish
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  • Intro:

    This is the youngest age stated release in Highland Parks core line of whiskeys.

  • Nose:

    At first sniff it seems very similar to JW Black in a subdued manner. At second sniff, theres more vanilla, a little more smoke and a bit more complexity.

  • Taste:

    The mouthfeel is solid, coats nicely. There's a bit of smoke, followed by a hint of sweetness and vanilla. I really like the smoke here without a lot of peat, although its not overpowering. I'm not getting much more than vanilla, some charred wood and smoke. That's the opposite of a problem though, I like it.

  • Finish:

    The finish is a bit shorter than the Glendronach but its not harsh, abrasive or short lived. It's a little bit lower on the ABV, which I attribute some of this to. There's a little smoke on the finish.

  • Overall:

    I didn't really know what to expect from this. For a dram I did 0 research about ahead of time, I'm pleasantly surprised. It's complex and well integrated.

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