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Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:35 pm

Welcome to the Highland Park Live Forum Tasting.

The Whiskies

  • Highland Park 12 Years Old
  • Highland Park 15 Years Old
  • Highland Park 16 Years Old
  • Highland Park 18 Years Old
  • Highland Park 21 Years Old
  • Highland Park 25 Years Old
  • Highland Park 30 Years Old
  • + limited editions and ind. bottlings

Date and Time

  • Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Anytime

For those of you who do not know what these are about they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:21 pm

I have a few tasty HP's to try :smoke:

Highland Park 15yo ( 52.7%, Hi-time Wine Single Cask #10140, 1990/2006 )
Highland Park 1975/2001 ( 50%, Scott's Selection )
Highland Park 21yo ( 47.5%, Original Bottling, Duty Free )
Highland Park 25yo ( 48.1 %, OB )
Highland Park 25yo ( 53.5%, OB )

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:36 pm

I'm going to get these in either late this evening (9pm EST) or tomorrow evening around the same time.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Wave » Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:51 pm

I almost forgot this was tonight! I'll be on later after work with my 2 possibly 3 HP's though unfortunately probably a little too late for everyone else. I'm just hoping the homemade black bean chili I'm making for the crew this evening doesn't kill my tastebuds! :o


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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:01 am

Good evening. I'll start with the with the weakest ones first.
HP 1991 17yo Signatory unchillfiltered collection. Sherry butt no. 15100 46%
n: oloroso, sweet carrots, oak, moisty forest, mushroom, suddenly fruitiness appaers, figs, warm cake, fire, almonds
t: figs, appples, tea
f: black tea, oily
c: lots of depth, very good

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:37 am

I'll wait for you pkt77242, in the mean time:
HP 20yo 1989 46% Oloroso sherry butt 11894 Van Wees
n: whiff of veggetables, white wine, sugar molasses, smoke, fire, oberlander bread( :o :insane: ), tea, creamy, apple molasses(common her but maybe not everywhere), very full smell
t: sherry, sweets, round, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa butter, mocca
f: still sweet but drying, tobacco, a hint a of sulpur
c: similar to the signatory one

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:53 am

HP 19yo 1975 First Cask 46%
n: soft and sweet, bourbon barrel I guess, melon, some hay and oak
t: sweet melon lemonade
f: sugar powder with melons,
c: the most melony whisky I've ever had. :D

Nick: thank you for this one, it reminds me a bit of the CC. Or am I completely off?

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:48 am

Great notes pkt77242.
I'm happy to see i'm not the only one who smells mushrooms and moss in HP.

HP 24yo 1984 50.4% smws 4.134 refill hh ex-bourbon
n: wood fire, oak, raisins, panforte, balsamico, a hint of Springbank CV(is this allowed :? ), dough, malts, cambozola cheese
t: raisins, buttery
f: spicy honey
c: another great HP, sample courtesy of Ewald

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:03 am

And so it begins for me this evening, I'm starting to line things up now. :smoke:

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:15 am

Hp 25yo 53.5% ob
n: Whoohoo, full on. cooked fruits(grapes and apples), honey, wax, oysters, varnish changing into cake and some kind of supermelon.
t: fruits(apples and oranges), salty, butter, quiet some oak, cane sugar, milk
f: citrus, honey, oysters, liquorice, smoky, menthol
c: finally I had the oppertunity to taste a HP 25 ob that is fantastic. sample courtesy of C57.
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:21 am

@pkt7742:
Cambozala is a german cheese developed almost 40 years ago. It is a mix between camembert and gorgonzola. Tastes a bity like mushrooms.

@Ryguy:
Looking forward to read your notes Ryan.
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:23 am

Highland Park 21yo

Highland Park
21yo (Duty Free)
Nice balance of honey, wood smoke, a touch of heather. Also reminds me of a fresh cut cigar.
Gentle start, more honey, a bit of salt and a touch of peat.
The finish is long and tasty, more peat than I remembered from last time I tried this.
Great dram!
Dark gold
0

21yo Years Old
0
47.5%%
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None
None
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:25 am

Cheers Ras! Great notes from earlier, I enjoyed reading through them! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:33 am

Highland Park 25yo (48.1%)

Highland Park
25yo (48.1%) - 2007
Nice bit of campfire smoke with hints of honey and pears.
Some cooked apples, sea salt, wood smoke and a touch of honey.
Finish is long, mixed dark fruits, hints of raisins, and peat.
Great dram!
Light amber
0

25 Years Old
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48.1%%
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None
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:42 am

Highland Park 25yo (53.5%)

Highland Park
25yo (53.5%)
Sweeter on the nose than the previous, more honey with stewed apples and a touch of smoke.
Sweet dark fruits, some sea salt and burnt wood.
The finish is long and smokey, very well balanced between smoke and the overall sweetness.
Very nice dram!
Ligh amber
0

25 Years Old
0
53.5%
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None
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:58 am

It is nice to see a pattern in the tasting notes. Highland Park seems to have quiet a strong distillery character.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:03 am

Highland Park 1975/2001 (Scott's Selection)

Highland Park
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Honey and loads of campfire smoke.
This is perfectly balanced. Starts with sweet honey, then gives way to a gentle smoke that lasts forever.
The finish is long and smokey (campfire smoke) with more honey towards the very end.
Excellent dram!! Really wish I had another bottle!!
Dark gold
0

0 Years Old
0
50%
Scott's Selection

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None
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:25 am

Highland Park 15yo Single Cask

Highland Park
Single Cask, bottled for Hi-Time Wine Cellars
Big sherry with a hint of rubber boots, dark fruits and raisins.
Dry and sweet with hints of burnt rubber, dark cooked fruits, honey and a touch of smoke.
The finish is long and drying, mostly fruity with very little smokey, but some honey.
Nice dram! This bottle has really opened up well since being opened.
Dark amber
0

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%%
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None
None
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Cask #10140

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Jobi » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:58 am

I'm popping in for just one HP tonight.

HP single cask #8293, a 27 yo bottled for Jolly Beggars Scotch Society. A little history here:

I had tasted cask #8294, also a 27 yo, at a Highland Park tasting a couple of years ago and it was just perfection. I heard through a forumite about #8293 and just had to get one. I was not disappointed. It may pale slightly to my memory of cask #8294, but that may just be how memory works.

Nose: Reminiscent of the OB 30 yo, it is rich and elegant and makes me think of castles and silk and gold. If there is more you can ask for from a nose, I don't know what it is.

Palate: Shades of the nose, with a little bit of oak to hint at its age. Excellent honey/smoke vapor that fills the mouth. Like #8294 there is a flash of something mid-palate that, for me, encompasses all that I love about whisky. I find myself chasing it like a heroin addict chasing a high.

The finish has a lingering warm fizz that just makes me say, "Aahh".

(Please note that I am a few pours deep at this point so I may be waxing poetic, but I do love this bottle.)

Enjoy the rest of the tasting.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Wave » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:44 am

Highland Park 32yr old

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Highland Park
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Apples, wet hay, slight smoke
Tongue-coating, apples and pears
Long and slightly chewy sweet, some smoke and late salt
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light amber
0

32 Years Old
1973
43%
Lorne MacKillop

Single Malt
Highland
none
None
Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Wave » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:39 am

Highland Park 19yr old Scott's Selection

Highland Park
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White chocolate and smoke Grape jam
dark fruits, honey and spice with an underlining of peat.
Medium to long length peaty smoke, apple skins
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Medium Gold
0

19 Years Old
1985
53.5%
Scott's Selection

Single Malt
Highland
None
None
Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:51 am

I'll chime in with my only HP, a sample set aside from a deceased bottle. Just for fun, I'll link to Serge's notes on the same bottling, which will reveal the inadequacy of my scribblings.

Highland Park 15 single cask for Grape Vine Market

Highland Park
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Gunpowder, molasses, nutmeg, raisins, slight smoke. Quite herbal.
Molasses, raisins, nutmeg, honeyed sweetness. Burnt edge of a Christmas pudding.
Cinnamon, oak. Long, dry.
Mouth coatingly thick body. The sherry dominates but the HP character peeks through. This was clearly a quality cask.
Amber
0

15 Years Old
1990
56.3%
-

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Cask #10132, bottled 2006, OB exclusive for Grape Vine Market, USA

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:53 pm

Revisiting the HP 20 by Van Wees.
I still don't find any sulpur in this one, it wouldn't matter if I would because I seem to like it.

@Nick, I'm looking forward to your notes of the 4.137 sample. I wonder,...
The G&M bottling is from a first fill sherry hogshead.
Ewald's bottles have handwritten label.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:47 am

HP 16yo 1990 58.7% cask 5831 bottled for Maxxium Netherlands.

Powerful sherried HP. Cooked fruits, tea, smoke and leather at the seashore. Just fantastic. Suddenly my glass is empty and I can't write notes... The finish is great too. Cooked fruits, tea and oysters.


Remarkable: this is cask no 5831 filled in 1990 while the earlier tasted G&M bottling comes from cask 5832 filled in 1997.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:48 pm

Nick,

Nice note on the 4.137. That was released here in the US as well, here is the cask information etc.

Cask No. 4.137
Highlands, Orkney
"Oooh! Ouch! Aaah!"
Colour: Deep orange gold
Cask: Refill butt
Age: 12 years
Alcohol: 58.7%
Date distilled: April 1997
Drinking tip:
A bit of a laddish dram - perhaps for winter
walking or as a reward for doing dares

"Oooh!" we said, assessing the nose, big
and meaty, yet clean; peat-bog, moorland
herbs, Night Nurse, peat smoke and lots of toffee
apple sweetness. "Ouch!" we said, after tasting;
explosive, brimstone and coal-dust with
pencil ends and toffee. Water altered the nose
- egg custard, star anise, ripe pineapple, treacle,
liquorice and lums; but it undoubtedly
rescued the palate, which was now big,
sweet, smoky and chewy, "Chewing
scorched heather twigs" said the Whiskyhound;
"dipped in toffee" added the
Whisky-bard. A big-impact, earthy dram that
stands out from the crowd - its genealogy
(south of Kirkwall, north of everything else)
barely discernable.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:58 pm

lockejn wrote:
Ganga wrote:Friendly reminder that next month is Japanese whiskies. Suggestions for May people. We need them. I'll give some oddball suggestions. Tomatin, Tullibardine and Tamnavulin.

How about rye whiskies?


I would like to move the conversation for Rye Whiskies over here to the Other Live Tastings Thread

I think it's a great idea, and since no Other Live Tastings are scheduled at this time, I say we go for it.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:56 pm

HP 25 48.1%
n: vanilla, perfume, heather, basilicum, smoke after some time, mint
t: orange malt juice with mint
f: a little minty with vanilla and buttery
c: dissapointing.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:22 pm

Revisiting the HP bottling for the importer 58.7% 16yo.
n: cooked fruit, grapes, smoke, old furniture, polish, honey
t: sherried honey with a little lemon
f: drying with smoke and cocoa, very old sherry taste keeps coming back
c: heavily sherried HP, very good imo,
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Sample courtesy of Ewald.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:47 pm

Back to Nick's First Cask 1975.
It seems to to taste even better than before. More smoke this time which makes it even beter. The finish is really nice. Perfect woodiness.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:15 am

4.134
n: spicy, fruits, too much alcohol: some water. much better now, apples and some pears. This reminds me of Scapa. Maybe they got confused at the SMWS. :wink:
t: fruity(melons, pear, apples), salty, spicy
f: more sweet than spicy but also spicy, the sea breeze keeps returning
c: nice, just looked up the age of this whisky and am suprised to see it is 24yo. Good choice of cask: refill ex bourbon hogshead.
Thank you Ewald once again.

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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:42 am

HP G&M Reserve 1997 56.4% cask 5832
Last drop: malty and salty.
Not a very good dram.


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