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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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From the manufacturer
- Colour: Natural. Glowing amber
- Nose: Heather-honey sweetness, gentle peaty smokiness
- Palate: Rounded smoke and honey sweetness, full malt delivery. Oak, alongside equal amounts of dried fruits and spice
- Finish: Sweet and lingering with heathery notes and
Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul
The heart and soul of Highland Park, Viking Honour is a perfect harmony of aromatic smoky peat, sweet heather honey and rich fruit cake.
Viking Honour reflects the unique culture of our remote island home here on Orkney. Part of Scotland yes, but originally belonging to a vast Viking kingdom.
- 40% abv
- Natural cask-drive colour, no additives
- Flavours of Heather honey | Rich fruitcake | Winter spices | Seville oranges | Aromatic smoky peat
- Try With: Haunch of venison, chocolate ginger biscuits, soft cheeses such as French Brie and even Japanese sushi and wasabi (yes, really!)
At Highland Park, we honour the spirit of our Viking ancestors, sharing their pride, integrity and fierce independence, and we distil our whisky to the same exacting standards introduced in 1798 by our founder, Magnus Eunson, a descendant of those early Viking settlers.
Heathery aromatic smoke from the Orkney peat infuses the barley which we then hand turn - this is what gives Highland Park whiskies their distinctive flavour.
Natural cask driven colour (no additives) from the Oloroso sherry oak casks that we use to mature our whisky in.
|Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour Single Malt Whisky||Highland Park 18 Year Old Viking Pride Single Malt Whisky||Highland Park 21 Year Old Single Malt Whisky||Highland Park 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky||Highland Park Valkyrie Single Malt Whisky||Highland Park Ice Edition Single Malt Whisky|
|Our Expressions||The heart and soul of Highland Park, Viking Honour is a perfect harmony of aromatic smoky peat, sweet heather honey and rich fruit cake||A perfect expression of harmony, complexity and refinement, Viking Pride combines honey sweetness with delicious hints of cherries wrapped in chocolate, and subtle top notes of aromatic peat smoke||A truly dynamic whisky, with an intensely fruity and spicy centre, surrounded by complex layers of candied orange peel, dark chocolate and rich, slightly drier smoke||25 years encased in oak has not only created a whisky with impressive depths, but time has delivered a vibrant sweetness too||Valkyrie celebrates our rich Nordic ancestry here on Orkney. Exquisitely balanced and delivering wave upon wave of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit||Exquisitely designed to reflect shards of glittering ice. A special release of only 30,000 bottles, it delivers intense aromas of cool fresh pineapple and ripe mango sorbet, underpinned by a frosty kick of root ginger|
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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.
For anyone thinking of starting exploring the pleasures of Single Malt I would strongly recommend this superb dram.
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!
However the Whisky is gorgeous.
It's slightly peaty, not like my beloved Ardbeg, yet still a lovely thing to behold.
I won't describe all the tasting note types things as I really don't get all the chocolate fudge Sunday with a smattering of chicken nuggets and crushed grass type descriptions.
This is a superb 12 year old malt that all whisky lovers need to try.
A brilliant present, only downside is I now have to find something else to buy seeing as he keeps a bottle in his cabinet.
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