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Highland Park 12 Year Old - Viking Honour

(70cl, 40%)

Highland Park 12 Year Old - Viking Honour
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Highland Park 12yo Bottling Note

Highland Park's spectacular 12 Year Old expression had a full-on Viking make-over in 2017, dubbed Viking Soul (the 18 Year Old is also getting a redesign, too). Stylish new livery and matching sub-name (Viking Honour) aside, the Orcadian single malt remains the same - delicious as ever!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fresh, clean and very aromatic. Floral notes abound the senses with a light grassiness. Notes of creamy Manuka honey and a touch of juicy citrus with cream and a well-balanced sweetness.

Palate: Rather full with a pleasant depth. Lurking somewhere in the substratum a grilled orange lies. Notes of granary toast and green tea with jasmine. A touch of sweetness.

Finish: Quite long with peppery spice and wood shavings.

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Highland Park 12 Year Old - Viking Honour Reviews

A let down

I was very disappointed to see the well-loved HP 12 converted into 'Viking Honour', an entirely bogus name which I suppose was cynically chosen by the marketing men to appeal to less sophisticated buyers. A heavy pretentious bottle covered in Gaelic swirls. I was also disappointed with the whisky to drink, it is not the same, and has lost the smoothness of the real thing. Unlike all previous HP's I wasn't sorry to finish it.

12th February 2018

I like!!

Even though I drink single malt scotch more than any other liquor, I am no expert. So no comments from me on nose etc. But I know what I like - and this one, I like. Not too peaty. And a very reasonable price.

7th February 2018

Great introduction for fellow newbies to peated whisky

As a newbie to scotch with only having 6 other bottles of moderately priced whisky under my belt I have to say that this is a close 2nd for me behind my favourite Johnnie Walker black. I enjoy the long finish with the peppery spice, on the nose I don't find it overwhelming and am able to pick out a few characteristics yet still have trouble picking out individual flavours but I put that down to inexperience in tasting. Would definitely recommend any fellow newbies to give it a shot especially as I would say it's a gentle introduction to peated whiskys especially if you can find it on special offer.

4th February 2018

Not the same

Honestly, this is not the original Highland Park 12. What I bought is on a par with a cheap blend and is harsh for what I paid for it. Second the Benromach ten, much better for the same price. Even ballantines is better

2nd February 2018

Did I get one of the last "old" bottlings?

I bought mine a couple of years ago, before the "viking" rebranding. Mine is the one that Ralfy said is a "bourbon bottle" design. It was on sale for a few bucks less. I love it and savoring the now half-bottle for special occasions. I would give 4.5 stars and would give 5 if it was 46% without chill-filtration and colorant.

Ok, so I didn't like the old bottle, but liked the malt. Now I'm hesitant to try the new HP12, despite the nicer bottle. What I REALLY don't understand is the whole viking motiff... didn't vikings ravage the Scottish shores, looting the goods, raping and pillaging? Shouldn't Scotch be about Scotland? Instead of paying a viking designer maybe invest in casks? I might try the new bottle if I see it reduced, but I hope I don't get disappointed (say it ain't so!) :)

2nd February 2018


Search for an online review... NONE except those bought and paid for by H.P.

Ask yourself why none of the usual bloggers / vloggers / reviewers will tough it?

31st January 2018

I like it.

There’s no manuka honey in it.

23rd January 2018

Would definitely recommend..

Really fresh, creamy, floral sweetness, citrus, honey, fresh lawn maybe, perhaps scorched fresh orange oil (like when garnishing a Cosmopolitan), agave syrup maybe, light smokiness with a lovely pepper and spice finish.. Very nice Island malt, opens up lovely with a few drops of water.

21st December 2017


After the first few glasses, I gave up on this bottle, its rubbish as a single malt. Ended up using the rest in my home-made blend as a filler, with some DECENT peated Islay (caol isla) for smokey top-notes and older Tomintoul to add depth and richness.

Seriously H.P. how low can you get - this in my opinion its barely worth using in a blend. Go knows how many times the casks had been re-used.

20th December 2017


I think your tasting notes are spot-on. It has a wonderful nose and an interesting palate. The finish is truly long and peppery without any overwhelming harshness.

18th December 2017

Smooth and delicious

New to the world of scotch.. so far I've tried a bottle of Chivas Regal 12 year, Chivas Regal 18 year, and some Glenlivet 12 year. I didn't think much of scotch until I tried to drink Bourbon for the first time and found it absolutely disgusting. Now I just purchased this bottle of HP 12 year Viking Honor and it's really freaking good. Sniffing the cork I could smell the honey. And sipping on my first glass, I'm loving every sip. I'm not a seasoned scotch drinker, but, so far any scotch is better than a cheap corn infused bourbon. I poured a glass on the rocks, and it's smooth, mellow, sweet but not too sweet and smells wonderful. Would buy again. There may be better scotch's out there but I haven't gotten a chance to try them yet. This is my first tasting of Highland Park scotch whiskey.. and I love it.

16th December 2017

Great drinkable whisky

There are two stables of my cupboard for whiskys that I just want to drink day after day and this is one of them along with the balvenie carribean cask. An absolute awesome dram for the £

9th December 2017

Neither fish nor fowl

Bought this as I had always wanted to try the original HP, not knowing that it had changed. I never got around to trying the original HP, so I cannot truly compare this to it, but here goes. The viking theme is a bit fake and naff, although the bottle design is kinda cool in its own right. This is not a terrible dram, but for me it did not live up to the high expectations I had formed based on the reputation of the original. First impression is good, a mild burst of almost islay-like smoke, but then instead of the long mellow highland finish I might have expected there is a sharp burst of rye-like peppery quality, with rather long bitter citrus finish. Now I love smokey islays and I love peppery ryes, but the 2 profiles do not sit comfortably together for me in combination. Clearly this is not swill, but it does not feel as satisfying and well integrated as I had hoped. It does not seem to know what it wants to be. Neither fish nor fowl

7th December 2017

Basically the vintage got crap so they rebranded.

The original Highland Park 12 is my favourite single malt by a long way.This one lacks depth and complexity. I hope we don't have to wait too many years for a decent Highland Park again!

4th December 2017

Why Mess with What Works??

I have been drinking HP 12 for nearly 15 years. This is not only a horrible marketing re-brand, but don't believe if when they say the formulation is the same. It isn't. It's weaker. It flat-out sucks. Switching to Oban.

1st December 2017

Very good so far

My first contact with a Single Malt Scotch Whisky and it completely changed my world. It's so nice, the peat is smooth but awesome.

29th November 2017

Buy something else. Springbank 10 or Benromach 10

Not what it used to be. Just plain dull

26th November 2017

Must try

Very smooth and tasty. Really good for a 12 yr.

25th November 2017

A good all round malt.

Yes there is hype but underlying this is the fact that this is a finely balanced dram that ticks most boxes.

19th November 2017

What's happened to HP?

All style and no substance. Firstly, I half expected a tiny viking to jump out of the box swinging a small axe. That might have been preferable...this is so dull. HPs standard offering has been on the decline for years, and this is another rung down the ladder. Drinkable but drab.

11th November 2017

Apparently not...

...possible to give zero stars, so half star it is. An over-packaged, sulphured disappointment. Don't believe the marketing/hype.

30th October 2017

Is it possible to give zero?

Horrible new redesign and packaging and a whisky that tastes of sulphur. Don't believe the hype/marketing.

29th October 2017

What happened?

Used to be excellent. Isn't any more.

29th October 2017

Absolute best

I agree with Craig Ferguson, HP is the very finest spirit in the world.

26th October 2017

Brilliant one of the best,

I take after my old man he liked s good single malt this one's for you dad xxxx experience

14th October 2017

A fantastic smooth quality whisky

A very easy drinkable single malt brought by a friend now a real good friend, loved it

13th October 2017

fantastic price/quality ratio, but light and delicate. Not for those who need a kick to the head...

You gotta love the "anti hype" people have. I've had it and it is the exact same stuff believe me. HP ambassodor also assured me it is just new bottle to tie it together with the others. And why not? Vikings where from there, and lets face it, branding matters.

Enough of that; it is a properly good whisky. But light and delicate in comparison to the older stuff, I know, huge surprise right!? I was recently in a tasting and everybody liked the 12. Valkyrie is much more a divider, some like, some don't "cause it doesn't taste like hp" ??? So you want all of them to taste the same? Some whisky snobs...

13th October 2017

Choose another single malt

I don't know if I got a bad bottle but to me this is pretty tasteless. Not at all that excellent the previous 12 YO that were one of my favorite.

7th October 2017

Love the whisky though

Hate hate hate the branding, marketing and packaging.

6th October 2017

Carney get better for the price

Lovely smooth smoky whisky a must in my whisky cabinet.

4th October 2017

Very good

Very smooth. I liked it. Rekomended

1st October 2017

Not Great

Poor, especially compared to the usual HP. Gives me Grouse vibes, nasty lingering after taste often found with cheap blends.

27th September 2017

just dont

don't be fooled by the fancy bottle...its proper rubbish compared to the original

17th September 2017


its a nicely decorated bottle and nothing more. why did they do this?

17th September 2017

Very good whisky at this price mark.

Ive liked Highland Park for a few too many years, it's very easy to drink and with good flavours and nose to it
( for the record i detect no sweaty socks... I will in future be smelling my socks carefully incase i'm wrong :-)
Sweet with a delicate smokey after taste which all in all is very agreeable.
Would recommend this Whisky.

2nd September 2017

9/10 all day long

Amazing taste goes down to easy ..

1st September 2017

A nice evening dram.

Fresh and light on the nose. I get the creamy undertones
I find it rather light and uninspiring on the palate, but a very nice spicy finish.

30th August 2017


Lovely dram

29th August 2017

Great value.

Really nice, clean dram. For the price, super value.

13th August 2017

Very smooth and slightly peaty

The Highland Park 12 year old viking honour is very smooth and slightly peaty. It holds 1st place in my ' tour of scotland cabinet '

7th August 2017

Def 4 star whisky

This is a very nice malt one of the best i have had in a long time actually it goes down to easily and one is never enough the bottle shape and design are brilliant might have to re use it also price is just fantastic for a 12 year old

22nd July 2017

A triumph of marketing over content

Screams of marketing overload for the duty free shelves, quite frankly irrelevant 'viking' bollox which I find tacky and somehow cartoon like. Add to that the caramel orange glow, pennypinching 40% strength, and chill filtering. Yes folks this is a full-on commercial product trading on previous reputations. Shame because the previous packaging was quite classy. £32 in Morrisons

In the glass, its a differant story. Nose is like an aged grain whisky (not a bad thing) with tropical fruits & some heather (certainly no smoke), taste is sharper & typically H.P. dry yet quite rounded - there's a 'tang' to it but it's not peat - finish is short except the tang turns into a youthful nip. Strangely, in an empty glass the residual nose is really good!

In conclusion - absolutely zero smoke or peat - its quite drinkable as an alternative to Chival Regal 12 (or similar) but NO WAY does this do credit to Highland Park as a single malt. This goes to the back of the cupboard, for flaming steaks (in a viking style of course)

6th July 2017

Nice little dram to keep handy

Lacking in complexity a bit, but for the price it's a steal (and there is hardly anything more complex for this kind of money anyway). Sweet, smooth and totally enjoyable. Also - brilliant new design.

2nd July 2017

no stars

As soon as I took out the cork it smelled of sweaty socks.
I have never tasted "sweaty socks" but the taste was what I imagined they would taste.
Not an improvement and a big disappointment.
I wont be buying this again.Back to Laphroig!

27th June 2017

Exceptional value whisky.

This is a crazy good whisky for £25. I normally choose an Islay malt but this is such a drinkable, approachable and (in the best possible way) relatively undemanding drink. For me the strength lies in the smoky finish and I love it. Gotta say I also love the re-branding.

26th June 2017


Received a bottle for my Birthday, thoroughly enjoyed, and enjoying it.

15th June 2017

First class whisky

What a bargain! A great whisky at a great price. A Viking triumph.

12th June 2017

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