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Highland Park 12 Year Old

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@PandemoniumReview by @Pandemonium

5th Feb 2014


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No need to introduce the HP 12 here, it is a classic as it sets a high standard for all other entry level bottlings. Many claim that they are not what they used to be and lament about the good old days. But I still think this is one of the greater whiskies available at a more than reasonable price and if the quality has diminished over the years those early bottles must have been divine. I don't care too much, yet, about all the other HP products like the collectors Valhalla series, but you will always find a 12 yo in my cabinet.

Nose: a whiff of peat, oranges and very subtle smell of sherry. Taste:again the oranges, smoke, but not too strong more like a smoldering fire, honey and some floral notes Finish: fairly short, woody but spicy, definitely some rough grind black pepper in there

Overall just a great whisky, widely available at a great price, shame on you if it doesn't has its spot in your cabinet

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MCM commented

but lamenting is all I have! :)

8 years ago 0

Pandemonium commented

I've only been drinking single malts for two years now, so to me they are all amazing, maybe in a few years I'll be moping like the rest of you guys :)

8 years ago 0

ozmalt commented

Highland Park was my intro to single malt about 30ish years ago. I liked it then and know now how important it was kicking off the taste buds on the malt trail. I like it just as much now and couldn't agree more about keeping one on in the cabinet. Cheers

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

A little Caol Ila added to a vatting experiment bottle of HP12 can taste quite good. The natural peated water of HP embraces the smoked/toasted peat of Caol Ila 12.The two are fast friends, IMO.

8 years ago 0

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