Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour

Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour
WhiskyHighland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour
TypeSingle Malt
Age12 years old
Abv40%
Rating 79/100

About

Located in Kirkwall, Orkney, Highland Park is the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland. Their single malts are known for their mix of a bold, maritime character and a delicate sherry influence.
Reviews of Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour
says on July 21, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 69/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

redelijk

says on July 16, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Deep copper

General description

N:21, P:22, F:19, B:19. This whiskey showed its masculine character and certain heaviness in taste. At least in comparison with Singleton Dufftown. Sweet flavours of vanilla and fruit. Also some tart piney aroma. Simple but decent.

Nose

Fruit, piney

Palate

Fruit, vanilla

Finish

Fruit, dried fruit

says on July 8, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 70/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Gewoon lekker.

says on June 27, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Amber

General description

Good value, smooth honey, peaty on the nose only

says on June 16, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 72/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Deep copper

General description

Floral nose with a slight kick and peaty finish

Nose

Floral, sherbet,

Palate

Warm and fruity with a peppery kick

Finish

Slightly peaty and spicy

says on June 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 82/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Not aggressive but not too remarkable nose. Smells better after the first swallow. Taste is ok but not very particular. No peat. Medium finish, slightly bigger. Water doesn't kill the nose and smoothes the taste. Surprising for a 40abv

says on May 10, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 78/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

hiukan savua, toffeeta ja karamelli makeutta tuoksussa. maku hyvin kepeä, hiukan heinämäinen. loppu melko lyhyt.

says on May 6, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Old gold

General description

Clearly one of my favourites!

says on April 27, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Ein guter und rauchiger Whisky von der Insel Orkney. Sehr empfehlenswert.

says on April 24, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Tawny

General description

A really great whisky. Peat with a hint of grass, smoke and honey mainly, but there is also some fruit slightly involved here. Very refined finish and a gentle but also feral taste.

says on March 28, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

wow lekker! brand lekker achter in de keel heerlijke aanrader!

says on March 25, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 81/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Lightly very drinkable, a daily whisky, sweet with a very light smoking. A whiskey certainly well done and well balanced, even if it lacks a bit of body, is also penalized by a low proof in my opinion.

says on March 20, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Leichte Rauchigkeit, schöne Süße, relativ preiswert für 12 Jahre. Kann man auch gut zum Einstieg für Torfraucher benutzen und dann nach Islay weiterziehen. Ganz lecker.

says on March 13, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Sweetness on the nose, a little smoke behind. Complex and interesting. Caramel and vanilla on the palate, burst of flavors. Short finish.

says on March 12, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 75/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Gin clear

General description

Sweet and lightly smokey on the nose with hints of heather and fruit. Smooth and easy with more fruit and sweetness. Better that the younger sister.

says on March 8, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

erg lekker. ruikt en smaakt een beetje rokerig. verder zoet, honing en citrus

says on February 28, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Well balanced flavour, slightly smokey

says on February 21, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 77/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Amber

General description

A nice sweet (not too sweet) and lightly smoky whisky that has a nice prickle on the palate a finish that isn't too dry.

Nose

Sweet, vanilla, a hint of sherry, sea salt, wet grass

Palate

vanilla, wood, smoke.

Finish

slight dry oak, light pepper prickle, a little peat

says on February 16, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 98/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

A coastal whisky

says on February 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 80/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

Very sweet smell. A hint of honey and smoke in the flavour.

says on February 8, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 92/100
Color: Amber

General description

Nose is fresh vanilla tobacco (unsmoked), a little bacon smokiness. Mouth is sweet honey with candied orange plus a soft sweetness. After is warm, a little spice. So Easy.

says on February 8, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 92/100
Color: Amber

General description

Nose is fresh vanilla tobacco (unsmoked), a little bacon smokiness. Mouth is sweet honey with candied orange plus a soft sweetness. Pillowy soft and smooth. So Easy.

says on January 30, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 77/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

A slightly smoky note on the nose and taste. Furthermore a sweet honey taste

says on January 30, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

gentle smokyness, no tobacco type smoke. balance of different flavours. sweet floral aspect on the nose. slight sherry dark fruity influence. quite a long finish. very pleasant balanced dram and great value.

says on January 28, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 81/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Has one of the longer aftertastes

says on January 24, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

Delicious, honey sweet with a touch of smoke

Nose

Vanilla, honey, toffee, mild earthy smoke

Palate

lightly floral honey, salt, sweet earth, leaf pile, touch of smoke

Finish

Salt, smoke, faint honey

says on January 18, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Deep copper

General description

In der Nase vordergründig Banane und Honig. Dahinter Schokolade und helle Frucht (Mirabellen?). Mit Wasser auch Vanille.

Im Mund leicht ölig und eine Spur Salz. Dazu etwas würzig aber insgesamt relativ mild. Mit Wasser wesentlich süßer.

Im Abgang leichter Rauch, Zartbitterschokolade und Heu. Dahinter leicht fruchtig (Orange?). Mit Wasser weniger rauchig, dafür fruchtiger.

Netter Everyday Drum, der etwas mehr Alkohol vertragen könnte.

Note: 2

says on January 9, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

A good whiskey

says on January 2, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Retrogusto affumicato, poco sentore di alcool, buonissimo.

says on January 1, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Really nice and round whiskey with a bit of smoke.

says on December 27, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Amber

General description

Sweet and smoke covers it, delicious!

says on December 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

As great as ever

says on November 30, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Amber

General description

rokerig en moutig in de neus
zoet op de tong

Nose

rook, mout

Palate

zacht en honingzoet, hout

Finish

long finish, mout. veranderd naar noten en hout

says on November 25, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Tawny

General description

Smoky, rich and a little bit of sweetness

says on November 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Amber

General description

Nice easy drinker smoke and honey are my primary flabors

Nose

Smoke and honey

Palate

Smokey honey, apricot

Finish

Honey

says on November 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Amber

General description

Nice easy drinker smoke and honey are my primary flavors

Nose

Smoke and honey

Palate

Smokey honey, apricot and pear

Finish

Honey

says on November 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 70/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Begin stevig, lekkere afdronk

says on November 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 92/100
Color: Tawny

General description

The best whiskey tasted until November 2018.

says on November 13, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

Guter Highland Park zu einem fairen Preis.
Etwas Rauch, viel Heidekraut, mittellange Abgang.

says on October 30, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

kräftiger Honig, würzig mit dezentem Rauch. immer noch cool, aber der Vorgänger (der Standard 12jährige) schmeckt ausgewogener, nicht ganz so kräftig aber mit deutlich besserem Abgang (geschmacklich).

says on October 24, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Wonderful, complex and smoky

says on October 16, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

Nose had a burn even after leaving it out for a while taste is something I personally love charcoal oakey taste the taste of been at a bomefire nighr

says on October 16, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Color: Old gold

General description

Deftig würziges Aroma, rauchig, Geschmack nussig mit süßer Vanille.

says on October 4, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 61/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Vanilla, peat, smoke and pronounced alcohol. The flavor is better than the nose would suggest. I tasted blind and am not a peat fan. I would not buy this but I give it 3 stars for accomplishing the mission.

says on September 26, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

In der Nase leicht Vanille, rote Früchte, Honig, kalte Asche, Räucherstäbchen/kegel. Geschmacklich leicht rauchig, verbranntes Holz, esoterisch, feuchtes Gras/Moos. Im Abgang leicht betäubend und flaumig im Mund. Solider Whisky nicht nur für Einsteiger.

says on September 24, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

ash, smoke and peat. lovely spicey warm whiskey.

says on September 8, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Licht rokerig, maar niet overheersend. Lekkere honingsmaak. Prima fles

says on August 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 76/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Aroma: Strong honey and sweet
Taste: Sweet honey, orange, vanilla
Throat: Transformative firm smoke aftertaste.

Lovely sweet whiskey. Leaves you wanting more...

says on August 14, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Complex. Lots of different flavours. A bit more saltiness than anything else. Sweetness, Caramel, fruits, smoke, brine, spices. Good value.

says on August 14, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Some great scotch whisky.

says on August 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 70/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Soft, floral & very enticing. Easy drinking. Palate can be a little hard to place but that just gives more to explore. Solid whisky for the money!

Nose

Floral honey, sweet citrus, aromatic and very welcoming.

Palate

Initial floral & citrus, warms to honey. Tannins come through and a gentle pepper builds. Oaty & hazelnut.

Finish

Medium long, mild peppery spice. Tannins linger.

says on July 31, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Quite affordable nice, round whisky with fruity and a bit of smoky notes. My favorite if I want to drink a couple of drams at a party without philosophying in a tasting atmosphere. Already have my third bottle in my third year of enjoying whiskys.

says on July 30, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

Very good smokey flavor

says on July 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

slight smoke mixed with lavender and honeysuckle. slight citrus note. rich creamy mouthfeel. medium smoke and pepper finish

says on July 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

fruity with a little bit smoke.
my favorite everyday whisky

says on July 1, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Just the right amount of smoke, pleasant all around.

says on June 28, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

I'm only a beginner, but this is a great 'all round' whisky. The complexity of it means I can find different notes (and start to identify the different notes). Will definitely buy this again as I am sure it would be a perfect whisky for most people's tadtes, even if it is slightly over packaged in my opinion.

says on June 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 83/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

honey toffee smoke

says on June 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

sweet and fruity taste

says on June 17, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Burnished

General description

sweet with grassy and honey scents

says on June 17, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

complex, honey

says on June 17, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 90/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

sweet slight peat

says on June 16, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Burnished

General description

love the smoky/peat taste on this..not to harsh just pleasant..on my 2nd bottle of HP 12..cost about £25 on deal in supermarkets..

says on May 31, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

sea water Briney spice light smoke

says on May 23, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Always very good and balanced. Smooth taste with just a bit of smoke and sweetness. 👍

says on May 13, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 77/100
Color: Old gold

General description

Rauchig, mit leichter Sherry-Nase, im Mund angenehm cremig, mit langem, wieder rauchigem Abgang und dezenten Gerbstoffen von Fass.

says on April 30, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

A great whisky with a bit of everything - light smoke, sweetness, a bit of sherry and oak. The perfect introductory bottle for Scotch.

Nose

Peat smoke, sherry, malt, oak, sweetness, spices, chocolate

Palate

Spices, sweetness, sherry, oil, malt, oak, red apples, peat smoke

Finish

Peat, malt, sweetness, heather

says on April 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Possibly my first real whiskey! My review will not do it justice, very nice!

says on April 13, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 80/100
Color: Old gold

General description

not very complex but does the job

says on April 12, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

A decent 12 year table whisky with a unique bottle. The nose is full of honey notes with some fruit and citrus mixed in - not inspiring but nice. Palate is both sweet and smoky. Surprisingly smooth with a peaty edge; altogether decent, with a slight grapefruit bitterness on a somewhat unassuming and uneventful finish. The old 12 is slightly better in my opinion, but the unique bottle with the great twist off cork gives it some added flair. It makes a great decoy bottle for those friends that tend to pour from the more attractive and unique bottles.

Nose

Honey, fruit, citrus

Palate

sweet and smoky some peat and grapefruit bitterness

Finish

smooth and creamy

says on March 28, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Smoky, smooth sweetness of a honey.

says on March 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 72/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Peaty and smokey, a nice sweet tipple for the first second. However, we ended up mixing with ginger ale... The Woodford Reserve swapped out for the straight choice that night 🥃

says on March 16, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 74/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

Kaum rauch, pflaumenkuchen in der Nase, fruchtig süß.

Barely smoke, plum cake in the nose, fruity and sweet.

says on February 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 73/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Old gold

General description

Fresh is the order of the day with this light and crisp dram. The nose is at turns spiky and rubbery and quite light. This has some citrus to the palate and rose flavours with not much else obscuring the gentle alcohol. The body is quite thin and the finish short, with mainly rose ending. This is elegant in its few notes, but a very light touch that doesn't leave a lasting impression.

Nose

Sweet, rubbery and light.

Palate

Citrus, rose, sweetness.

Finish

Rose and little else.

says on February 13, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 72/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Burnished

General description

Not bad at all, but a little overrated in my opinion. Read a lot of reviews saying this Viking Honour isn't the same as the old 12. Maybe there's something to that, never had the original. The sweetness is nice and the other tastes are there but just to light overall. Not what I expected from a whisky that gets so much attention.

EDIT: with the dram on a little higher room temp it's softer and sweeter which I like more. Rating adjusted.

Nose

Spice and sweetness. Nice.

Palate

Combination of a lot of things. First some sweetness, then wood and malt tastes. Little bitter. Pretty light, to light in my opinion. Almost no alcohol taste.

Finish

Very subtle smoke, some more wood and bitterness. Malty. Very small touch of brine.

says on January 10, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 74/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

light smoke and peat smell. balanced flavor.

says on January 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

has a bit of a bite but oh so tasteful.

says on December 31, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

Mild, gut trinkbar

says on December 30, 2017
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 72/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

First impression is OK.
There is a lot going on around the nose.
At first a sweet floral note, then the grass and heather join the party, some honey and citrus fruits complete the nosing.
Alcohol is almost non existent, the same goes for peat and smoke despite it is a 20%ppm.
The malty and slight bitter taste has also some orange peel and brown bread, a little oak, sweet honey and a slight touch of smoke.
The medium finish again has some heather, a touch of smoke, wood, pepper and caramel sweetness.
A quarter of this dram spent it's years on first fill sherry casks made from Americain oak. But I miss the fulness of first fill in this one.
Why they bottled this at 40% is a complete mistery to me. I think it would have been a lot better of with a higher abv.
Despite of its lovely sweetness and 12 years of age, it lacks power, depth and fullness.
I am a little dissapointed in this one.
But because of its sweetness i suppose it's a good starter.
72 points.

says on December 28, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Tawny

General description

Smooth drinking Scotch. Vanilla and caramel is prevalent.

says on December 25, 2017
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 21/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Hat nichts mit dem Highlands Park zu tun, den ich kenne. Schmeckt plörrig.

says on December 23, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

As good as the old one (I don't understand the lower rating). Great all-round affordable Scotch and this time with superb presentation.

says on November 30, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Gin clear

General description

Nose: vanilla custard, fragrant musky wood like sandalwood, a little floral. I couldn’t discern any peat. Lighter and sweeter than I’ve come to expect from an island whisky.

Palate: a lovely hit of flavour after the almost daintily sweet nose. Light but creamy body, malty, notes of cooking spice, black tea with lemon and honey.

Finish: silky smooth, seeing the sweetness give way to the smoke I was promised. This is more pipe tobacco than peat smoke. Short but pleasing.

Conclusion: I really like this whisky. In a word: satisfying. It’s not surprising that HP12 is recommended to those starting out in Scotch - it showcases a little bit of everything scotch whisky can offer, delivering sweetness, smokiness, fruitiness and even the barest hint of island brine, a varied palette that sets it above other recommended ‘beginner’ malts like The Glenlivet 12 or Glenfiddich 12.

says on August 5, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

sweet, sharp, full of taste. lots of fruit, honey and oak.

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Flavour profile

  • Sweet
  • Smoke
  • Honey
  • Orange
  • Nut
  • Citrus
  • Light
  • Vanilla
  • Spice
  • Pineapple
  • Caramel
  • Toast
  • Tea
  • Peat
  • Nice
  • Mild
  • Fresh
  • Apple
  • Exotic
  • Wood
  • Warming
  • Floral
  • Watery
  • Medium length
  • Lingering
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