Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:43 pm

Ganga wrote:I will setup a poll tonight for the March Live Tasting. Suggestions received thus far are Bruichladdich, Balvenie, St. Magdalene/Closed Lowland distilleries, Springbank. Anyone with suggestions can post it out as you dram away.


At the risk of a derail, is there a quick way to find out which whiskies have been tested in previous months?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:56 pm

Now stop that! I'm scrolling through the tasting as a "guest" so I don't show up until I'm good and ready (read up on everyone's comments) but everytime someone posts it pops me back to the top!

Guess I'll pour a 12 and dive in.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:06 am

Salute Mikey!

Sorry to hear that you're still at work. It appears the party has slowed down a bit so I'll have time to dig out a bottle or two. I have to be careful, very small drams, as I may have to drive Mrs Musky around this evening to her curling bonspeil.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:14 am

Nice to see you :thumbsup:

I think I will heading off now and let the US take over from here
http://www.worldtimezone.com/datetime.htm , I see it is just getting dark on the East Coast. (Although I think they've been here from the start :dead: )

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:20 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:Salute Mikey!

Sorry to hear that you're still at work. It appears the party has slowed down a bit so I'll have time to dig out a bottle or two. I have to be careful, very small drams, as I may have to drive Mrs Musky around this evening to her curling bonspeil.

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Gosh Peter, isn't there only two streets in Kenora :D

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:43 am

Well joining late. Hope not to late to post some notes.

Highland Park 12

Highland Park
12 year old
Toffee, Apples, Spice, (Spiced Apples, how novel) Malt, Water intensifys the toffee
Honey, vanilla, stone fruits, some light spice, just a hint of peat or tobacco aftertaste
MEdium long, lingers with a sweet honey taste
Really quite good.
Amber
86

12 Years Old
0
43%
OB

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
Just a few drops,
None
Brandy Glass
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:45 am

Ganga wrote:
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Ganga wrote:I will setup a poll tonight for the March Live Tasting. Suggestions received thus far are Bruichladdich, Balvenie, St. Magdalene/Closed Lowland distilleries, Springbank. Anyone with suggestions can post it out as you dram away.


At the risk of a derail, is there a quick way to find out which whiskies have been tested in previous months?

It would be awfully difficult to derail this group. We don't allow too much to get between us and our beverage (ala dog and his bone). :wink:

This is from recollection and Musky feel free to elaborate. There were several attempts at getting it all together in the fall (3 or 4 tastings) of which I believe the only serious one was Laphroaig/Islay. In November we had back to back Fridays of Glenlivet with Ian Logan sitting in. December had no formal choice of distillery; basically we did New Years Eve. January didn't get organized. February Highland Park.


Ah, thanks for that. There's a pretty large scope for suggestions, then :)

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:56 am

I will finish my 12 year before moving onto the 18. Only two I have at present.

I did attend a Bruichladdich tasting a couple of weeks back that was lead by Andrew Grey. We tasted three Laddies and three Murray McDavid bottlings. One of those tasted was a 16 year Highland Park, finished in Bourbon Casks and then Port Pipes.

I did not make formal notes, just jotted down a couple of things.

As Mr. Grey does not recommend any nosing these are all palate notes.

Heather, honey, some peat, spice. What I remember is that this was a whisky that was exceptionally nice and mellow and seemed older than 16 years.

Part of this may bedue to the fact that it is not chill filtered leaving a lot of the oils in that tend to mellow at younger ages.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:58 am

Ganga wrote::evil: And I've still got another hour here at the office plus the commute home. :headbang:


Ganga, how long is your commute?

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:26 am

Ganga wrote:Danny,

He really recommended not nosing the whisky? That's half my fun. BTW, MMcD produced a marvelous bourbon cask HP 17 back in the 1990s. It was the one that really made me appreciate this distillery.


Yes, he just likes to taste. I to like to nose. I very much liked both MMcD HP and Macallan. Thet also had a MMcD Mortlach, which I seem to always have in my cupboard.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:51 am

I'll jump in the band wagon :) I so adore Hp..

Highland Park 12

Highland Park
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Beautiful... I could stick my nose in this one for hours :p It's so complex and delicious..A whiff of smoke and fresh air, blooming heather, sweet sweet malt and this everlasting leather scent.. drooling starts now :p
Honey and smoke but with this ever present freshness behind everything and oak again, dryer and lingering, honey wax polished oak..
Smoke and spices, ginger.. Somebody set the honey-ginger cake on fire !
"Thou shalt never run out of this One !"
Beautiful oaky amber
89

12 Years Old
0
0%
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Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
nope..
dude...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:06 am

And on to the 18... Now, we're talking.

Highland Park 18

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aHA ! now, we're really talking.. Sweet fresh malt, dried orange peels, wild flower/heather honey glaze and still this smoke in the background.
Smooth, round and sweet but peat lingers on the back of the tongue then slightly salty with dark dark chocolate, spices and nuts. O so beautiful...
Dry ! oak and smoking spices ...
The ultimate heart warmer. That's the Viggo Mortensen of whiskies. Tough but classy ;)
Chestnut honey
91

0 Years Old
0
0%
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-
Island (non Islay)
nope
Dude !
Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:13 am

Now for the 18.

Highland Park

Highland Park
18 year
Orange zest, a bit of cereal, mocha,
Almonds, canned stone fruits, cloves, hints of tobacco and peat
Medium long, sweet, light spice
An more complex 12
Burnt Toffee
89

18 Years Old
0
43%
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Island (non Islay)
Justa tad
None
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:28 am

Drat!
I'm the designated driver for the ladies bonspeil team (Mrs Muskies team) so no Highland Park for Petey tonight. Well, not until later on.

Sorry, have fun without me. I'm off to the curling club, -30 below out there too!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:31 am

Don't I work hard for the cause...
At this rate, next tasting note will be written from under the table.

Highland Park bicentenary 1977

Highland Park
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wow... Smoke/honey/heather again but magnified. trademark of HP but wow.. that's amazing. No doubt, this is the older brother of 12 !
Chocolate is gone but O boy, orange honey is there and obviously HP invented the salted caramel honey flavour. With the ever present smoke and discreet peat. All this is long and interlocked and makes you go back at it *it's so difficult, really*
Marvellous mix of oaky dryness and sweetness that lingers on. Maybe the chocolate is back but very dark, more cocoa than chocolate.
How freshness can manage to coexist with such dark sweet notes and smoke is just magic ;)
Chestnut honey
92

21 Years Old
77
46%
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Island (non Islay)
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Smaple provided by sherriedMalt *waves*

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:39 am

Glad to see I made it just in time :)

Don't have much HP open, and just poured myself a dram of Black Bottle, but will certainly get a 18yo and a 22yo bottled by the SMWS to join in the party.

Won't open up my 30yo just yet ;)

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:46 am

First of all, let me say that this (for me at least) new tasting notes interface just rocks! :thumbsup:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:45 am

I haven't read all your notes so far, but I'm taking a shot at the detailed tasting notes with one of my favorites, the 18yo.

It's been a while since I had the chance to seriously nose and taste a fine malt, so bear with me ;)

Highland Park 18yo

Highland Park
18yo
Very smooth, a little smoke, but sweetness all over it
Sherry, honey
Starts out smooth, but there is a heathery, flowery punch after a few seconds. Lingers on with lots of sweetness
Has a great flavor and mouthfeel, the finish just keeps on going. Not too heavy, well balanced.
copper / tawny
90

18 Years Old
0
40%
OB

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
-
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Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:51 am

mikeymad wrote:After 5 beverages I need a little food. I will be drinking again soon.

Cheers,


Same here, getting ready for my last dram of the night. It's almost 4am here, and there's lots of work to do tomorrow...

HP 20yo coming up...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:00 am

Hey guys.

The 12, 18 and 25 are poured and ready! Gotta get a couple more. Be right back.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Wave » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:03 am

Starting with a freshly opened....
Highland Park 19yr old 1985 Scott's Selection 53.5% Alc./Vol.
Glencairn glass


Color - Light gold
Nose - Sweat vanilla and white chocolate covered cherries with smoky peat embers.
Palate - creamy sweat, smokey vanilla and red fruit
Finish - Long and slightly chewy. Lightly drying

Comments - Another winner from Scott's Selection!
I give this one an 88


Cheers!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:07 am

Ganga wrote:Wait a minute, there's bananas in the CM glass too.


This is when you know you're dealing with the pros ;)

j/k.. I always enjoy reading your notes with the different kind of glasses. I only have Glencairns and already having trouble identifying what I see, smell, and taste. Can't imagine trying to single out these kinds of subtleties.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:13 am

Hey, what happened?? I just posted some comments on the 12 and nothing shows up! That was my first drink, I swear...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:15 am

SMSW 4.116

Scotch Malt Whisky Society
4.116
Sharp, fruity. Fresher than the OB's (I tried the 12, 15 & 18), less warm and smooth.
Instante 'bite'. tingling around my tongue, smokey, toffee?
Mouthwatering, powerful,
Quite different than the OB's, but that could be the ABV. Appears more fruity than sherried, though.
Very pale, white
85

20 Years Old
1986
50.2%
Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
-
None
Glencairn
"Oysters at Skara Brae"

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:18 am

Well, that's it for me. My HP12 has just been emptied, so I'm out of open bottles. It's been a long week, so I guess I'll have to get some sleep anyway.

Enjoy the tasting, and goodnight!

Cheers

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:20 am

Ok, Let's try that again...

My first try of a 12 ever. Much more used to the Bi.

Nose: Thought I got some oranges at the very first nosing (power of suggestion?) but not there anymore. Nice heather. Don't get much of anything else, but I normally don't focus on a whisky's nose...

Palate: Great honeyed sweetness. Not cloying or overpowering. Very light on its feet. Dancing, almost...

Finish: Best part of this whisky. Clean, full and lasting. Got a hint of nougat or something like that but can't really place...

Very nice but not wowed. Think I want more body...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:23 am

Hmm, that worked that time... Must've been a pilot error of some sort...

On to the 18 then!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:32 am

Have a good one, K-Mile. I'll have to catch up to your notes afterwards...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:36 am

The HP 18:

Nose: Much more prominent than the 12. Some ctirus. Light caramel. Rounder on the nose than the 12. Plusher? Get a very good sweetness...something besides honey.

Palate: Ahh, now we're talking! Sherry but nicely balanced. Not a sherry monster. Less of a sherry note than the Bi, while having much of the same sweetness. This is a great whisky. I can drink this every single day. Well done!

Finish: Not up to par vs. the palate. Not bad in of itself (better than the 12 by a bit) but the whisky on the palate was just wonderful. Also get a hint of rubber on the very end...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:40 am

mikeymad wrote:Moving onto something a little different:

opening:

Non-sherry finished:

Highland Park 24yo 1977 ( 53.7%, Signatory, cask 3788 4.8.77-9.8.01 147/162 )

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That's going to be interesting! Same year as the Bi but without the sherry. Can't wait to get your take on it!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:43 am

This feels like speed chess or speed dating.

Let's see what the 25's like, but first, a pause for some precautionary hydration...

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:46 am

You nailed it. Wish I said it first... :P

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:56 am

Time for the HP 25:

Nose: Wow, that is one gorgeous sherry nose!! Flowers, heather, honey. There's a citrus element there in the background too.

Palate: OK, now I get why people clamor over this one. This is fabulous! Wonderful sherry mixed in with a perfectly balanced malt. Love the fullness of the body.

Finish: The finish is exactly like the whisky. It's not just one or two notes that remain; it's the entire whisky that's lingering. Nice long finish too.

My fave so far.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:06 am

mikeymad wrote:Sherried, is that a 48.1% or an older one?


Label says 50.7%. It's from a 333 ml.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:08 am

Just exchanged some email with an old girlfriend in CA. Told her what I was doing. She thinks I need to get a life.

Those weren't her exact words. It was more like, "WTF you doing at home on Friday night drinking by yourself?? Go out and get l@id." Yes, she has her good qualities!

Ok, back to fun and games.


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