"Mesmerising Malty Minerals"
The 12 years old Highland Park is one of the best single malt scotch whiskies price/performance-wise in this price range. It has a distinctive salty character therefore it's not a smooth all-arounder that fits most malt mate's taste. However any whisky aficionado who likes to find some good hint of sea - to be specific: the North Sea in this case - would appreciate a dram of Highland Park 12 yo. It's colour is somewhere between gold and copper. The aroma is worth exploring. It's salty with the smell of locust tree flower, almond, Kaiser Alexander pear and hints of candied orange peel, orange brittle. It's fragrance is very friendly. Actually, the smell is more complex than the taste. It starts with a little bit of fiery-young taste and develops to a savoury salty, woody, pleasantly tart, dry taste with vanilla and hints of peaty smokiness. The woodsy and vanilla flavours suggests that bourbon casks were used to some extent in the ageing process. The whisky has a nice medium-length creamy, flowery vanilla aftertaste. The dry smell reminds me of hibiscus and tobacco.
So in a nutshell: Highland Park 12 yo is an excellent and affordable whisky well worth trying. It's my favourite single malt in this price range and I regularly buy it.