At the end of the tour at Highland Park, Dearly Beloved, Manny and I were invited into the tasting room. This 12-year-old Viking Honour was the malt with which the debates were opened. On the nose there is again quite a bit of yellow fruit and honey with a soft dash of smoke, but it smells 'darker' than the 10-year-old, if you know what I mean. Some more vanilla and apricots, hint of red fruits and nuts. Perhaps more sherry casks in the mix. It has a light body. Almost oily. On the palate, the fruit returns first, which is then supported by a soft smokiness and pepper. That pepper even gets a little warm. That's pretty pleasant. The finish is medium-long, sweet and peppery. The smoke slowly fades away. Although it can't compete with the 12-year-old from a decade ago, this expression of Highland Park remains worthwhile. Especially for the price of about 50 EUR.