Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:02 pm

I stand corrected - there's a small wood. No fruit trees, though :wink:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:03 pm

Why would they need fruit trees? It's all there in the dram :)

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Mr Fjeld » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:03 pm

Oh you lucky people :D I wish I could join you but I have to work to earn money for all that whisky. Enjoy your tasting :thumbsup:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:05 pm

This is the new 12yo - I don't have any old stuff.

Highland Park 12yo

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Honey, wisps of smoke, sweet malt, sherry, slightly flowery, something green - maybe apples?
Honey, butterscotch, fire smoke (not like peaty medicinal smoke) pastry
Slight prickle of spice.
Makes me think of farmhouse kitchen with a big fireplace and dried flowers on the beams and a little old lady making butter-fudge while a sweet pie cools on the windowsill.
Old Gold
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12 Years Old
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40%
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Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
First without then with just the tiniest drop. Doesn't hold much.
nope
Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TheTross » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:05 pm

Ok, my contribution from my only HP :(

Highland Park 12

Highland Park
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Sweet and a little floral. Some sherry and vanilla. Toffee, caramel and chocolate. Lots of fruit (citrus, pears, apples). Lightly minted. Notes of smoke (cigar?) and wood. A touch 'farmy' at times. Incredibly balanced!
Mouth-coating. Surprising amount of smoke and earthiness. Very sweet - lots of toffee. A big fruitiness again (citrus again, banana). Lightly fragrant. Honeyed. Caramel and chocolate.
Sweet but quite smoky. Slightly peaty. Minty and caramelised. Lasts a while.
Lovely stuff, very moreish!
Pale gold
87

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:07 pm

Ooh C57, you're onto 18! I'm so slow. That'll teach me not to be fashionably late :P

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby randall fairbrook » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:09 pm

am trying my only highland park

15 yr - bottled for hi time wine cellars52.7% - cask 10140

caramel nose, alcohol and floral

bright fruit and a bit of sulphur....fading to raisins

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:11 pm

Well-described, Tross. Yes, mouth-coating, it's a lovely consistency. And there is something minty. Still looking for the 'nanas you and Mrs C57 can find.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:12 pm

Mikey, what time is it for you?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:15 pm

After a break for something to eat have resumed on the Hart Brothers 18yo and it's amazing how closely it resembles Nicks note for the 18yo O.b. even though it appears to be more 2nd or 3rd refill than the dark (Farven Justeret Med E150 !) release ......
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:16 pm

mikeymad wrote:
TreacleSponge wrote:Mikey, what time is it for you?


It is noon for me. (PST)


3pm EST here for me. So needless to say I'm still at work..... :?
Enjoy those Highland Parks, I like the notes so far, keep it up. :thumbsup:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:19 pm

Oh go on, C57 open it up... you don't need our encouragement ;)

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:23 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:After a break for something to eat have resumed on the Hart Brothers 18yo and it's amazing how closely it resembles Nicks note for the 18yo O.b. even though it appears to be more 2nd or 3rd refill than the dark (Farven Justeret Med E150 !) release ......


SoI, what is the E number?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:29 pm

What a shame, C57. Fancy overpowering all that lovely complexity. What a waste.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:35 pm

Good evening all, got my HP 12 in one hand, but I have a cigar in the other and coffee next to it so a tasting note is pointless.

All goes quite nicely together, the coffe and cigar bring out some nice sweet fruity notes in the whisky, but the subtle smoke of HP is lost...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:38 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
SoI, what is the E number?

The Dreaded caramel Word.......

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:39 pm

Hi Matt and Matt's smelly cigar ;) :P

Glad you turned up - I wanted to open an 18, but didn't want to drink alone :oops:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:40 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
TreacleSponge wrote:
SoI, what is the E number?

The Dreaded caramel Word.......


Oh of course. But how would you know that? Does it get listed as an ingredient?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:43 pm

Wow - just opened the 18yo. I was really enjoying the 12, but this is promising to be so much better!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:45 pm

Its a Trinidad Reyes, I've been looking forward to it all week :thumbsup:

Go for it Treacle, I think the 18 may be one of my favourites now. I seem to be going for the younger ones now instead of the 30s.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:52 pm

On my jollies cigars seemed to be a big deal (more than I've noticed in Europe) - New Orleans had fancy cigar shops and Costa Rica bars all had signs advertising Cuban cigars. Are Cuban cigars really so much better than others then?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:56 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
Oh of course. But how would you know that? Does it get listed as an ingredient?

It says that on the Rear Label ......

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:57 pm

I do like a nice Cuban, but I guess it is the same as some people think the only good whisky comes from Scotland. I've had some decent ones from all over the place.

Myself and Rob did a tasting with Monkey Shoulder and R&J / Montecristo. Monkey SHoulder is very good with a cigar, nice sweetness and stands up quite well.

Anyway, back the Highland Park - oh its gone :dead:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:04 pm

on the last HP of the night , The Whisky Scam Bottling of a few years ago , a 25yo from a SC at 46% , very similar to the 18yo HB lots of fruit , touch of smoke and £30 a pop !

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:08 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:on the last HP of the night , The Whisky Scam Bottling of a few years ago , a 25yo from a SC at 46% , very similar to the 18yo HB lots of fruit , touch of smoke and £30 a pop !


Oh I'm such a n00b. What is a Whisky Scam bottling? Was it really a scam or just a bargain bottle?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:15 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
Oh I'm such a n00b. What is a Whisky Scam bottling? Was it really a scam or just a bargain bottle?

Long Story but the basic was that in the late 80's / early 90's there were lots of scams going on regarding whisky casks , anyway a guy (solicitor) in Kendal helped the people on the end of the scam Bottle and sell there casks to get some money back , in the early 2000's i picked a few of theses up incl the 25yo HP (£30 a bottle) , Ardbog 10yo (no spelling Mistake , £18) and Bowmorish 12yo (about the same) , missed out on the 1970 / 30yo Laddie for £30 :cry:
Don't know if the guy still sells them but they were popular......

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:22 pm

So the cask-owners were scammed, but you got genuine single cask whisky? Maybe I should take a look round Kendal next time I'm there.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:25 pm

I'm loving this 18yo. It's really really good.

Highland Park 18yo

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18yo
Honey, chocolate and oranges. Much more intense than the 12
Like the 12yo but more complex, with more depth, more enjoyable. Creamy and chewy and sweet and warming. This is really lovely. Quite orangey and pithy, like good marmalade, chocolate, honey, coffee and that fire smoke.
Quite long. Sweet then spicier than the 12, pepper and ginger.
Beautifully balanced. The little old lady outdid herself with this one. Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.
deep/burnished gold
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18 Years Old
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43%
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Matt, I'm using the technique you said last time about visualising a scene :)
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:38 pm

mikeymad wrote:
Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.


Nice one......

Good notes Treacle.... and it even sounds like you might have liked this one... :thumbsup:


Yeah well, you know... it's ok I guess ;)

I expect lots of people have this as a staple Good Whisky, and I feel a bit silly for not realising sooner :oops:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TheTross » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:41 pm

The little old lady outdid herself with this one. Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.


Nice visualisation :lol:

I do miss not having the HP 18 around, it's a fantastic dram.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:53 pm

Awe, went back to the 12 and it seemed thin after my lovely 18. My parents are here atm and my mum just walked by (curious as to why her little girl was surrounded by glasses) and tried the 18 then the 12 and said the 12 was watery. And I loved that 12yo an hour ago. I'm so fickle :)

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:01 pm

:shock: I'm sure if I put the 12 in a pink fluffy bottle you would love it even more :wink:
Anyone got the 21, would be good to see how it all develops. Got a 30 but shouldn't really open it yet....

I'm really enjoying the 12 at the moment, surrounded by lots of empty miniature bottles. Its got a good balance and an easy drinking whisky.

Ganga, what desert are you having with the whisky?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:13 pm

It's worth a shot, Matt :P

I saw a limited edition bottle of Grand Marnier today that was flocked. Really, just like flock wallpaper! Mr.Treacle had to prise it out of my hands to put it back on the shelf. I only have it in a B52 (which is a great bed-time cocktail) but I wanted it so badly!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:20 pm

Keep up the great work, guys. I'll join you when I come back from dinner with my wife.

And I found I have an HP bottled just for the Netherlands. 19 YO from 1986. Can't wait to try it! :thumbsup:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:25 pm

I'm away for a cuppa tea. G'night all.


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