Review #32 – Highland Park 12yr

Review #32 | /r/Scotch Review #11 – Highland Park 12

The Schtick: This is the youngest age stated release in Highland Park’s core line of whiskeys.

Distiller: Highland Park

Bottler: Highland Park

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Sample

Review #32 – Highland Park 12yr

Nose: At first sniff it seems very similar to JW Black in a subdued manner. At second sniff, there’s more vanilla, a little more smoke and a bit more complexity.

Taste: The mouthfeel is solid, coats nicely. There’s a bit of smoke, followed by a hint of sweetness and vanilla. I really like the smoke here without a lot of peat, although it’s not overpowering. I’m not getting much more than vanilla, some charred wood and smoke. That’s the opposite of a problem though, I like it.

Finish: The finish is a bit shorter than the Glendronach but it’s not harsh, abrasive or short lived. It’s a little bit lower on the ABV, which I attribute some of this to. There’s a little smoke on the finish.

Overall: I didn’t really know what to expect from this. For a dram I did 0 research about ahead of time, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s complex and well integrated.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists


  1. Pingback: Review #881 – Highland Park 26yr Murray McDavid 1989 Banyuls Cask – t8ke:reviews

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.