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)
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.
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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