A review of an island whisky that for the price is tough to beat!
Highland Park 12 YO 43%, $32, 750ml, Daveco Liquors
Color: Amber +1, coats glass nicely, small slow legs.
Nose: Vanilla, smoke, malt, syrup, sea mist, nutmeg, cake, honey, lavender, pears, leather.
Taste: Toffee, syrup, almonds, vanilla smooth, marzipan, apricots, honey, floral
Mouthfeel: Nice, rich, velvety but not too oily
Finish: Smooth, warm, honey, linen, smoke
Water: Nose: Smoke,slight peat, honey. Taste: mellows nicely, sweeter, vanilla, syrup and toffee.
Score: Taste: 70, Value: 13, Uniqueness: 4, Buy Again: 5 Total: 92
For a Scotch at this price this has a quite a nice balance of flavors and aromas. Sweet, with a nice bite and a hint of smoke, but possibly a hint of color, my only real complaint. This is a definite go to and will always stay in my cabinet. After calculating the overall score it seemed a bit high, but IMO a 12 year old with this much to offer and at this price I haven’t found anything yet that competes with it for $32, hence the score. This is a damn good single malt at a blend price where I buy it, a very good value. I have tried the 18 as well, and it is better still (another review).