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Highland Park 12 Year Old

Balanced, earthy and creamy

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@squidboy007Review by @squidboy007

10th Mar 2013

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This started off as a confusing malt for me. The packaging suggests adding water, but I made sure to try it neat first. It was delicious and surprisingly intense at first. I could smell very little of the fruit/honey sweetness some pick up on. It smelt mostly of smoke, leaves and rubber, with a slight hint of caramel that was quickly washed away each time. Tasting it revealed more smokiness and a thick, super-creamy texture to it that I haven't found as much with other scotches. The finish was long and spicy- far stronger than most scotch, but not coming close to an Islay bottle, for example. When I added a little water, the fruit smells really came out, especially a hint of apple and slight honey to go with it. This is really best with water (not the case for most, in my opinion) but it's good all-around. I would even call it a great starter scotch- it's not too weak, not too strong, has a number of flavors and isn't too expensive :)

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3 comments

Rigmorole commented

No water in the HP12. It's already just right and even a bit weak. BTW, this whisky blends magnificently with the Caol Ila 12. Two parts HP, one part Caol Ila.

6 years ago 0

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squidboy007 commented

I agree it might even be too weak to put in water, but it almost tasted "blank" to me without it. I couldnt really smell anything but the smoke. I really enjoy it more without water, but I think it's worth adding once to taste the hidden flavors

6 years ago 0

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squidboy007 commented

Thx for the blend recipe!

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