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Highland Park 12 Year Old - Viking Honour Whisky

(70cl, 40%)

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

With a sub-name like Viking Honour, you can expect a lot from this Orcadian single malt Scotch whisky – and it delivers! A great introduction to Highland Park's famed heathery peat smoke, the 12 Year Old is matured predominantly in sherry-seasoned European and American oak casks, so it's spicy, citrusy, and full of smoky aromatics.

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.

Reviews for Highland Park 12 Year Old - Viking Honour
Not nearly as good as the traditional Highland Park 12
This HP 12-year-old "Viking Honor" is in no way whatsoever a faithful version of the previous standard Highland Park 12. Whereas the previous 12 year was spicy and full of character with interesting notes popping up during the experience , the "Viking Honor" 12 year lacks the complexity and is just missing those flavors that HP is known for. I'd go so far as to say it tastes young and rushed, and not at all fit for its 12 year age statement. If you'd given it to me blind, I would have not been at all surprised if you'd have told me it was some NAS bottling. I know demand is up and old stocks are dwindling, but please bring back the classic HP 12.
, United States
5 months ago
Ok but not brilliant.
Ok but not brilliant, nose a bit strange, I'll get thru' it but not buy again.
7 months ago
Not bad
Not bad is simply how I’d review this. For the price there are clearly much better single malts, but also this isn’t going to upset anyone either. It’s fine, basically.
, United Kingdom
9 months ago
*Not bad at all*
For the price, this is not a bad whisky at all. You have to remember it's only 40% but in many shops it's well under £30 which isn't bad. It's got a pleasant taste and not complex by any means, which makes it a nice sipper as well as a good whisky for a newcomer.
, United Kingdom
11 months ago
Nose: Smells like good scotch. Not offensive at all.

Palate: Tasty. If there was a grilled orange lurking, it lurked well. I’ve never been to a granary, but I’ve eaten lots of toast. It didn’t taste like scotch, nor does this scotch taste like it.

Finish: Agree that it’s a bit spicy, but I tasted no wood products in any way. Not that I’ve ever eaten wood shavings, but I’ve smelled sawdust, and this does not taste like that smells.
one year ago
Highland park 12 year old
Not a great malt thin lacking in flavour better with Black Bottle Smokey island or Arran barrel reserve to name a couple few pounds cheaper
, United Kingdom
one year ago
Caramel notes and easy sipper

Decent introduction to the distillery

Not sure what some of the other reviews are on about, definitely not a blend, and definitely doesn't need ice
one year ago
Darn good for 30 Quid: Stuffs the 10 Yo
Have half a dozen HP expressions, from 12 Yo to 15 Yo Cask

Very good Malt for 30 Quid. Don’t much like the 10 Yo, tastes of Burbon to me.

18 Yo is better but 3 times the price ! “Chaps at Distillery tipped the “Airports” version of the 18 Yo at 46 ABV rather than the UK 18 @ 43.

Torn over stars 4 for certain, should it be 5 as only 30 Quid ?
one year ago
Spicy, but a bit shallow
I've refrained a long time from buying HP since I thought the package was too commercial (nah, that can't be good). But came at a shop where there was a very limited offer in drams, so decided, why not after all these years. I looked here at the reviews before opening the bottle. Looked at the bad ones as well.
The first glass was very shallow, very watery but the "after taste" was quite nice, indeed the peppery spicy experience. I am not enjoying my second glass (no ice, room temp, no water). It's quite nice, apricot to the palate, the very spicy longevity, with a taste of lemon/citrus. I wonder if it could be a 43% or even a 46% but it might become too sharp. But still, the watery connotation bothers me a bit. I give it an average. Might buy again, but most likely will pass.
, Netherlands
one year ago
A bit of a disappointment
Lovely nose shows promise, but just not deliver on taste mostly do to do with ABV. Would love to try a cask strength version, but this really should have been bottled at 46 not 40
one year ago

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