Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tasting: Highland Park 12



Highland Park 12 year
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Natural Color

Distillery: Highland Park
Age: 12 years
Region: Island (Orkney)
ABV: 43%
US Price: $45
Release: Ongoing
Cask: Ex-sherry casks

Points: 89/100

Highland Park is one of not many distilleries that still malt some of their own barley. About 20% is malted using their own malting floors while the rest is sourced unpeated barley.  Half of their own malted barley is peated using the peat on Orkney. This unique, heathery peat gives their expressions a very subtle and floral peat flavor that you can't get anywhere else and the Highland Park 12 year is the perfect dram to experience this.

The Highland Park 12 year sits near the top of my list of 12 year old scotches. It has the combination of both sweet and smoky flavors that I love and a complexity you can't find in most 12 year old whiskies, all at a reasonable price. It's a 12 year that can easily stand up against some older whiskies. This is not a whisky to be missed and a must have in any collection.

Nose: 
Sweet, hazelnuts, candied fruit, honey, charred wood. Light heather notes.

Taste: 
Druid fruits, cocoa, sweet/floral peat, grilled pineapple and orange, green tea.

Finish: 
Medium length finish. A lot of citrus and fruit.  Spent campfire smoke.  Slightly bitter.


Photo & Review By: Cody Diefenderfer

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