Highland Park 12 Yr. Scotch
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Highland Park 12 Yr. Scotch

Item # 03474 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Quite possibly the best value in malt whisky today. Highland Park has it all: rich, honeyed malt, warming spice notes, and a mild, heathery smokiness.

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Staff Pick Notes

Do you like s’mores? ...Of course you do! Now, let’s make one together: First, we’ll need some barley. (Stay with me.) To dry it out, we'll need a good amount of (but not too much) heathery peat smoke. (See where I’m going with this?) Next, we’ll grind the barley and make a paper-thin, densely textured cracker of it. While you lightly toast a petite-sized marshmallow, slowly turning it over an open flame, evoking vanillin and subtle charred notes, I’ll prepare the dark chocolate slivers, sea-salted caramel sauce, and fresh, deliciously sweet orange wedges. Ready? Toasty, nutty, crackly cereal notes combined with generous heathery peat smoke, followed by rich vanilla and subtle char, a hint of dark chocolate, sea-salted caramel, and deliciously sweet oranges… What a Scotch! Take a bottle home, and you’ll know just what I mean. Mmm.

- KB

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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