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 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 used a mixture of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks in the 12YO. 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, vanilla and frankincense.
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.