Review #7 Highland Park 12 78/100
Every self respecting whisky/whiskey lover will have their collection of daily drams, by that, I mean a few bottles with varying nose and flavour profiles, at a wallet friendly price, and with wide availability so that you can drink up guilt free knowing you’re not knocking back liquid you may never see again.
My daily drams consist of a light, floral and fruity whisky such as Glenmorangie 10, a heavily peated Islay malt which for me at the moment is a Laphroaig Quarter Cask, a nice bourbon such as Bulleit, and finally a full bodied, sherried whisky, which brings me to the Highland Park 12.
My latest bottle of Highland Park 12 was purchased for £24, which is a very reasonable price for such a great whisky. For those of you who don’t know, Highland Park is Scotland’s most northern distillery, based on Orkney. The distillery relies on Oloroso sherry casks for ageing their spirit, this is more expensive than ageing whisky in ex-bourbon or virgin oak casks. The sherry seasoned oak laces the spirit with a sweetness and flavours of spice, vanilla and dried fruit. I believe Highland Park carry out their own floor maltings, which in this day and age is rather rare, as lot of distilleries rely on companies who specialise solely in malting barley. What you get with Highland Park is very reasonably priced, naturally coloured whisky.
In the glass the liquid is dark amber in colour, full bodied with medium to slow legs and looks as though it has been chill filtered.
On the nose you’re immediately hit with the richness of the oak, followed by light wisps of peat smoke infused with the delicate perfume of heather and vanilla. Oddly enough, I get a very slight but distinct aroma of frankincense, although I have never seen anyone else mention this, so I am probably just having sensory malfunction.
On the palate there is an initial honey like sweetness laced with chewy prunes, dates and raisins, followed by delicate citrus and grassy notes finishing a tad dry and salty with a long, slightly smokey linger.
It’s a great dram, not amazing, but definitely great. You probably won’t find better bang for your buck.