A lovely whisky and my first foray into single malts. I have always wanted to get into whisky drinking but was put off by my own lack of knowledge and the high cost of buying a bottle I wouldn’t then enjoy. So, whilst at a wedding in Edinburgh I asked some locals who were standing at the bar drinking whisky. They ordered me a 12 Year Old Highland Park as a ‘starter’ or entry-level whisky with a dash of water (“no ice!”).

I was stunned, my first outing and a whisky that I truly enjoyed, straight off the bat. Unbelievable. I have since ordered a whole bottle for my home collection. I have also realised that I do not like either water or ice in my whisky, preferring it  neat. Highland Park 12 Year Old is much smoother than other whiskys that I have tried and I would recommend it to anyone – especially novices like me. As such, I will not try to describe the taste, but will leave that to the experts…

“The first proprietary bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky was as a 12 year old in 1979. It remains the core expression of the Highland Park range and is a smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and a gentle smokey finish.


Appearance: Glowing amber
Nose: Heather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness
Palate: Rounded smoky sweetness; full malt delivery
Finish: Teasing, heathery, subtle smoke. Delicious

Take your time to appreciate the nose of Highland Park 12 and you’ll discover the characteristic honey sweetness followed by fruit – maybe pineapple, apple or pear. On the palate it is drying and leaves a gentle smokey feeling and a flavour that just keeps on going.” (Highland Park)


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