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Highland Park 12 Year Old


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@UisgebethaReview by @Uisgebetha

14th May 2015


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Not a fan of the bottle shape currently in use by this distillery, they used to have very unusual diamond shaped bottle (in cross section) which was very striking. I’m sorry now that I never saved one.

Of the whisky however I have few complaints, its always been good and continues to be even if its flavour profile may have migrated a bit over the years. However one would probably be more worried if the flavour of an individual malt whisky did not change at least subtly over time.

A light golden coloured dram, with an understated, but inviting lightly smoked aroma. The principal hints I get are of orange and sherry, with lighter notes of vanilla, sandal wood and cinnamon.

Medium bodied and easy to drink and slips down all too easily at 40% alcohol. Appetising sweet flavours, but not in any way sickly are complimented by some soft smoke, wood and spice. The sweetness is provided by some malt, but mainly a rich fruity taste reminiscent of (but of course nothing like) the kind of syrup that comes out of canned peaches. A great all round whisky flavour and one that can I find be best appreciated in comparison with other malts, otherwise it can be taken for granted and underscored.

I find the finish is dryer with more of the woody smoky flavour, a hint of bitter chocolate and spice. Not overly long and complex but entirely in keeping with the profile of this fine malt.

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