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Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

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 Willie JJ » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:30 pm

When are you planning to start Ry?
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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 Willie JJ » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:19 pm

Ok it seems like it'll really kick off tomorrow so maybe I'll have some fun at the peatfest tonight.
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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 pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:28 am

Nice notes Raz, I should be on in a little bit with 3 HP's

HP 12
HP 1986 19yo for Beltramos Single Cask
HP 1981 25yo Scott's Selection
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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 pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:48 am

Highland Park 12

Highland Park
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Honey, heather, and apricot. The smell of a beach (salt water, sand etc).
Slightly sweet on loads of honey, apricots, and a hint of heather. Salty. Not much smoke
Medium finish on smoked heather, and honey.
Sweeter than the last bottle of HP 12 that I had but still enjoyable.
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12 Years Old
0
43%
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84 points or there abouts.
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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 pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:10 am

Highland Park 19yo for Beltramo's

Highland Park
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Orange, strawberry jam and mushrooms. Very nutty, leather and milk chocolate. Very faint smoke.
great notes of orange, and mushrooms. Raisins covered in milk chocolate.
Medium long on nutty milk chocolate and oranges. Just a pinch of smoke.
Very enjoyable. This must be a first fill sherry cask and the sherry almost overpowers (ok maybe it does) the spirit.
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19 Years Old
1986
53.8%
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90 points and if you like heavily sherried whisky this is for you.
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:37 am

Ok, last one for me.

Scott's Selection Highland Park 1981 25yo

Highland Park
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Peaty heather and moss. Brine, mangoes, lemon and oak.
Much peatier than OB HP's. Again the peaty moss/heather. Lemons, and brine. Slight oak.
Medium finish that gets oakier and drier. Briney peat.
A very nice mature HP. Briney, and just the right amount of oak. Also much more peat than in the standard OB's.
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25 Years Old
1981
50.6%
Scott's Selection

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89 points. Enjoyable but very different.
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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 pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:53 am

Ras Mazunga wrote:cambozola cheese


That is the the first time I have ever seen cambozola cheese used to describe a whisky. I have never heard of Cambozla, is there another cheese that it is similar too?

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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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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
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25 Years Old
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48.1%%
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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
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25 Years Old
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53.5%
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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 pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:03 am

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


Thank you Ras, I like both of those cheeses, so I might try to track that down.
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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
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0 Years Old
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50%
Scott's Selection

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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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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 pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:01 am

Jobi wrote: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.



Jobi, great note. Thanks for joining us.
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:23 am

HP 13

Prime Malt
Selection No 2, 1989
lemons peels and cracked barley, custard pudding, fresh oak
astringent, oaky, more custard, lemon juice, multigrain bread
mellows rather quickly to a lemony oak
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bright gold
0

13 Years Old
1989
40%
Duncan Taylor

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no
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:33 am

HP 12

Highland Park
HP 12
Heathery honey, whispy smoke, mashed tangerines, cinnamon buns
Cinnabons dripped with honey, floral, orange Xmas cider, toasted almonds
Long with the sweetness decaying into a lovely light smoke and dough
-
Orange gold
0

12 Years Old
0
0%
OB

Single Malt
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:35 am

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.
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Re: Highland Park Live Tasting - March 13, 2010

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:37 am

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 Glenlivet? I don't think we have done it in a while and the last one was fun. Or maybe Mortlach?
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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
-
light amber
0

32 Years Old
1973
43%
Lorne MacKillop

Single Malt
Highland
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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
-
Medium Gold
0

19 Years Old
1985
53.5%
Scott's Selection

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

Postby lockejn » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:33 pm

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?
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