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Highland Park 12 Year Old Orkney Malt Whisky Bottle, 70 cl
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- Aged for 12 years in oak casks and using the unique spring water of the island of Orkney gives this whiskey a real distinctive enjoyable taste
- Intensely malty and fresh at first, and then the lingering smoky depth adds weight, fabulous bitter-sweet balance which pans out on the sweet side with a gentle build-up of honey
- Long, smoky with a heathers dryness and spice and delicious
- Highland Park is a medium bodied whisky with a heathery aroma
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Highland Park 12 Year Old whiskey remains one of the gold- standard malts for other distillery bottlings to aspire to. Full, rounded Orkney malt with a smoky sweetness, gentle palate of heather and subtle smoke. Nose starting with 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. Followed by palate of 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 with quite long with peppery spice and wood shavings. It can be try with haunch of venison, chocolate ginger biscuits, soft cheeses such as French Brie and even Japanese sushi and wasabi.
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My first experience I have to say was a little underwhelming. After all I'd heard about this whisky I was convinced I was missing something. After a third or fourth sip I began to enjoy it a little more. It now sits comfortably in my collection of favourite 10-12 year old whiskies, but I'm at pains to explain why. Sure it has notes of citrus and honey, there's heather and other heady scents too, plus a dose of smoke in the background, but it's all a little too well balanced at times.
I can see why this has won so many awards, it's beautifully balanced, complex without being confused, it's wholly inoffensive to a range of whisky drinkers. You can't really dislike it, it's too good for that, in fact it's really easy to like it... it's just a little harder for me to love. If you are looking for a solid whisky to sit in a drinks cupboard, a jack of all trades if you will, you really can't go wrong with this. If you collect single malts like I do and like to have a range of flavour profiles for a variety of occasions, this will get a little lost.
I won't give you strict tasting notes, as they are subjective (eg. I get a citrus-marmalade nose with a hint of its sherry cask origin and peat smoke, others smell vanilla and green apple... that one is on you to decide). What I will say however is that HP12 is a lighter, less aggressive whisky (some might say "smooth") with a touch of peatiness (a million miles from your Islay whiskies).
Highland Park is frequently cited as a good introduction to the world of whisky, at a relatively affordable price. I would agree, but that doesn't mean they don't also offer new smells and tastes to those who have been drinking whisky for a while.
Some may argue there is a difference since they rebranded... I don't smell or taste it. Perhaps these alleged "experts" have a much more refined palate than you or I, or maybe some are just frightened of change. I'll leave that to you to decide.
Frankly, I like the bottle's new shape and design. With the "Viking" theme they have chosen to engage more with (Orkney is an archipelago steeped in Viking lore), they are clearly trying to appeal to a new audience. This is by no means a bad thing!! Honestly the more people who love this and other whiskies, the more the community grows and the less its (misguided) stuffy old "boys club" snobby image prevails!
For anyone thinking of starting exploring the pleasures of Single Malt I would strongly recommend this superb dram.