Malt Advocate 90 points - Highland Park 12 Year Old boasts individuality and complexity, thanks in part to the use of Orcadian peat in the distillery floor maltings and the employment of ex-sherry casks for maturation. The nose is fragrant and floral, with hints of heather and some spice. Smooth and honeyed on the palate, with citrus fruits, malt, and distinctive tones of wood smoke in the warm, lengthy, slightly peaty finish.
(Spring 2012) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Aug 2012)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - (UB Collection,Finalist,Great Value,Tried & True Award)- Golden yellow appearance. Elegant aromas include nut paste, almond, sea air, light peat smoke, baked banana, leather. Taste profile features more grain than found in the bouquet. Integrated, harmonious finish is a model of perfection. (Apr 2016)
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The aromatic profile is assertive yet welcoming, sweetish yet cereal dry, and oaky yet floral and a touch briny; the quintessential 12-year-old malt bouquet. In the mouth, the integrated flavors come in waves of toasted walnut, dark caramel, toasted marshmallow and barely perceptible seaweed.
— P.P. (3/1/2008) — 96-100 (Mar 2008)
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Heather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness. Rounded palate with smoky sweetness and a full malt delivery. The finish is teasing and delicious with heathery notes.