Just returned from Oslo and picked up a bottle of the Highland Park 16 on my way through Amsterdam Schiphol. We think it is really awesome - silky and fruity with a touch of honey and smoke. Noticed Mr. Tattieheid reported a flat experience with it earlier, but we really liked it. Anybody else tried it yet? It is only available in Duty Free.
CA Scotch Chick
Funny, we tried a Highland Park 15, and it was not sweet at all - it was almost all smoke. Guess we'll have to try it again. Ah the beauty of single malts and their variations.
CA Scotch Chick
Thanks to SherriedMalt, I have been able to taste the Maxximum 19 yo CS 55.3% and what striked me the most was the sulfur ! That's certainly not something I was used to in HP ! but not overwhelming and quite interesting actually as honey was in there too along with a distinct salty coating.
Now I just have to get me hands on that 16
MrTattieHeid wrote: The all-time bargain, though, is long gone--the box of 3 x 333ml HP 12/18/25 for something like $66. Based on the price of the full bottle, the 333 of the 25 was worth $100 by itself!
TWE had lots of these 3-packs a few months ago for $100. Still a bargain!
Found a good home for a couple of them...
tmaufer wrote:Next time you are in an international duty free shop, look for Highland Park 21 -- it's sublime. You won't regret parting with $105 (at SFO; it's 60 pounds sterling at Heathrow...a bit of a ripoff).
The HP 21 is amazing stuff and a very worthwhile addition to the HP range. Different enough from the others to make it a great alternative. Well done, HP!
SoMK, time for some more perfume??
Btw, the dollar has strengthened against the pound, so the prices between the two airports are right on top of each other now. That said, I wonder if the bottles are the same size or is the one at SFO is 75 cl? Having another 5cl would be nice...
I just picked up the 21 on the way to Prague. It is very very similar to the 16, so I brought home a sample and did a head to head comparison. The 21 is, as expected, smoother and it does have more body, but it is the same general flavor - just an older sibling. Maybe more cherry than raspberry, but they are definitely variations on a theme.
Neither tastes like a Highland Park. They are both much more fruity, and they don't have the distinctive Highland Park butter taste. Again, closest thing to them I had tasted before was the Glenlivet 18. I'll back off on silky and sublime after tasting the 21 and call the 16 light and wonderful, but I'll stand by my opinion that it is good stuff. Anybody in Europe want to pick up a sample and weigh in?
And ... of course I need to pick up some Highland Park 15 and 18 for more taste comparisons. It is all in the name of science.
CA Scotch Chick
I would still call it an unremarkable Highland Park, in fact I agree with the chix that it doesn't really seem like HP at all. But I have been enjoying it after work while watching TV and surfing the net.
To be honest as an avid Highland Park lover i am sure that i would grow to like it, i would just need to work at it.
"Neither tastes like a Highland Park. They are both much more fruity, and they don't have the distinctive Highland Park butter taste. Again, closest thing to.."
The oak source (American or Spanish) is of greater importance than the wine type. Spanish oak sherry casks give colour and dried fruit character whereas American oak sherry casks give vanilla and butterscotch flavours.
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