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Highland Park 12 Year Old

Where it all began.

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@ChooksterReview by @Chookster

7th Apr 2013


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Seems an appropriate time to back-track to where the malt addiction started.

To smell; that trademark Highland Park sweet heather honey, nestled behind is a gorgeous light smoke. Water adds some grassy and flowery elements, leaves the honey unhindered, but alters the smoke to something akin to a cap-gun-like dirty smoke.

To taste; smokier than the nose suggests; a short buttery honey delivery, at 40%ABV it’s a little soft, but could have been worse really. A little orange/lemon tang develops before it all trails off in a pleasant manner.

In the end, water probably wasn’t necessary... For $67AUD a bottle round these parts and widely available, I think you would struggle to find a better value single malt. An 80 pointer if I ever saw one.

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Rigmorole commented

Just had an HP12 at a bar after a glass of Toshen 3 Wood. The Toshan wins! No contest.

9 years ago 0

Chookster commented

I tried the 3 wood at a whisky festival (first up as well) and I found it unpleasant and have therefore never gone back to it. Maybe I should give it a second shot.

9 years ago 0

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