Highland Park 12

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Klondike
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Re: Highland Park 12

Postby Klondike » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:17 pm

I just talked to a guy employed by the Highland Park distillery last week, and he said that the 12YO (latest bottling) is 100% ex-sherry casks. He actually mentioned a percentage of european and american oak, but I don't recall exact numbers. From memory I think it was 80% American and 20% European for the latest 12YO, but I'm not sure. I tried it and must say I was rather impressed, my experience much mirrors that of the OP. The guy from the distillery didn't say whether or not they still have bourbon casks maturing but I'm sure they do.

As a side note I have consumed a bottle of the 1977 21YO Bicentenary Release. I found a bit less Sherry than in the latest 12YO but a lot more peat. BTW; wasn't it 40% abv. and not 43% ?

Also agree that the 16YO 1 litre duty free bottling is sub-par re: the recent 12YO. Save the money and buy the 12YO IMHO.
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Re: Highland Park 12

Postby lbacha » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:00 pm

Klondike wrote:As a side note I have consumed a bottle of the 1977 21YO Bicentenary Release. I found a bit less Sherry than in the latest 12YO but a lot more peat. BTW; wasn't it 40% abv. and not 43% ?


I have a couple bottles of Bicentenary at home they are the 75cl US bottlings and they are 43% I believe, from everything I've heard the 70cl European bottles that came in the wooden box were 40%. I would love to get a sample of the 40% so I can compare the two since the Euopean bottle got good reviews but I can't find reviews on the US bottle.

Len

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Re: Highland Park 12

Postby Klondike » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:49 am

Ah, didn't realize there were multiple bottlings. Mine is a 70 cl. bottle at 40% abv.

Ganga wrote:HP Bicentenary - :thumbsup:


Yes, magnificent stuff!!

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Re: Highland Park 12

Postby lbacha » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:58 pm

Klondike wrote:Ah, didn't realize there were multiple bottlings. Mine is a 70 cl. bottle at 40% abv.

Ganga wrote:HP Bicentenary - :thumbsup:


Yes, magnificent stuff!!


Yeah there is the UK bottling @ 40% and then the US bottling @ 43% that came out a little later, not sure why they upped the proof. I havn't cracked open a bottle of it yet so I'm not sure if it is as good as the UK version which I tried at Limburg a few years back.

Len


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