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Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008


Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:13 am

mikeymad wrote:ah, very good thx


Didn't know there was more than one version out there. What's the 48.1% one like?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:17 am

mikeymad wrote:Also didn't she give up any rights to say who get's laid or not? :P

Cheers,


She just looks after me. I've known her for the longest time and she always comments on the women in my life. She mostly :headbang:

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:20 am

Ganga wrote:Woman's got have her priorities.


Unfortunately, it wasn't one of her priorities when I knew her. (Unintended pun.) We agree that we met each other at the wrong time. Oh well, c'est la vie.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:22 am

mikeymad wrote:
Sherried Malt wrote:
mikeymad wrote:ah, very good thx


Didn't know there was more than one version out there. What's the 48.1% one like?


I only have had it at a show this last year, and it ranked up their as one of the greatest HP's I have ever had (40+ tasted). Great balance and complexity, witha long great finish.

I am working on getting one.[list=][/list]


Great to know. Thanks for the heads-up! :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:31 am

Ganga wrote:I liked both versions we got to try. :D Of course, the 30 was one of those really sublime whiskies.


Yeah, I'm really eager to try the 30 in this line-up. I've only compared it to the Bi before.

Also just retrieved the half bottle of the 1986/2005 19 yo CS bottling for Maxxum in the Netherlands. That'll be the nightcap..
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:40 am

Ganga wrote:Ok, I'm feeling playful/fiesty. :shock: I think I will vat the two bottles for one glass.


You daredevil, you! :D
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:43 am

Ok, on to the HP Bicentenary:

Nose: A very nice sherry nose but leaner than the 25. Not a huge difference, but it's very noticeable.

Palate: Also leaner on the palate than the 25, but it's still as delicious as I remember it. Imagine a lighter version of the 25, but still very sweet and balanced.

Finish: Lighter here as well. Not quite as complex or lasting.

The 25 is CLEARLY the better whisky. I once said that for the money, I'd go with 2 bottles of the Bi rather than having just one 25. I have to retract that. The 25 is worth every penny! :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:52 am

Ganga wrote:Can't argue with the sentiment SM. Of course, for me I'm comparing about $160 to $220 between the two.


Ganga, are you saying the Bi is going for $160 by you? If so, you gotta give Binny's a call...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:58 am

Ganga wrote:Yep, we've determined that the Bicentenary is high in these parts but how do you argue with $220 for the 25?


Wow, for a $60 difference, that becomes a no-brainer!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:05 am

Well done, Ganga! Congratulations. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts yet again.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:13 am

Now it's time for the HP 30:

Nose: Much more reticent nose. Would call it elegant. Lighter than the 25 but also more complex and fuller than the Bi. (The Bi still seems lean.)

Palate: Man, that's amazing. Not as robust or plump as the 25, but it's just sooo well balanced! The sweetness of the sherry is just about perfect and it hits all the right notes. I can't imagine something better than this. Don't know how to describe it other than that...

Finish: Very long. A bit hot (a zinginess) at 48.1% and much more noticeable than the 50.7% of the 25. Maybe the fullness of the latter hides the alcohol more gracefully... Might be splitting hairs here too.

Here's another retraction. I once thought the 30 stood head and shoulders above the 25, but now it's not so clear. Now I think they're just two very different whiskies meant to be enjoyed on their own merits and at different times. However, if I had to choose one, I'd still go with the 30.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:20 am

mikeymad wrote:Wow Sherried, thanks for pushing the midnight hour to share that one with us.

thanks,


No prob. That's what happens when you have no life... :P
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:25 am

Ok, time for some major gulps of water and then it's on to the Maxxum HP. You should see how dark that sucker is! :shock:

Who poured the A'bunadh into my HP??
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:31 am

Ganga wrote:Hey SM, we've started the new poll for March. Take a look.


Just voted. Like Mikey, I just have one Balvenie (and one St. Magdalene.) However, if the vote falls to Bruichladdich, that's ok too since I just received the 12yo 1st Edition and would like to see what that's like.

It's all good. :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:57 am

To close the night, here's the 19yo HP SC CS. (1986/2005, 55.3% abv, cask 2793)

Nose: Wow! That's a lot of sherry! Some alcohol. Sorta simple. (The 25 has more going on with its nose. In fact, there's some cinnamon and spice that wasn't as noticeable before. Easy to pick out now...) Hint of shoe polish? Something like moth balls or insect spray, but not in a bad way. It's faint... (Late flash: Smoked meat (ham) very noticeable in the empty glass...)

Palate: Got some sulfur / matchstick heads, which blew off. Big sherry. Sweet. Sorta one dimensional. Not a bruiser as much as a middleweight. Not that I would know what shoe polish tastes like, but sorta imagine it might taste like this. Again, it's faint.

Finish: A bit hot and drying. Your tongue tingles for quite a while... After clearing my palate with some water, a second taste left a much cleaner and sweeter finish. Wonder if it got overwhelmed by the abv...

Not sure I would've necessarily picked this out as an HP. Fun to try as an experiment but not an every day drinker and not up to the standard of the regular 18. Too one-dimensional.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:00 am

Ganga, never had a Glenglassaugh, but your notes make me want to try one!

Thanks!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:08 am

mikeymad wrote:The fun of the CS's. They can be strong and fun, but they can loose out on the depth.

Thanks for the notes.

Cheers,


My pleasure. I want to try some of Binny's exclusives. They sound pretty amazing.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:12 am

Ok, guys. I'm going to call it a night. It's been a blast!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :D
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:13 am

Ganga wrote:The single cask 25 is interesting but flawed. Probably much better to get the 33 or 34 yo.


Will do! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:24 pm

Just woke up, seems like you really had a blast last night :) I can only hope that you have been trying really small samples since I had only four drams last night and I already feel my head going :headbang:

At least I can't wait to open my 30yo. That's going to be a real blast :thumbsup: thanks for the notes everyone!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Wave » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:42 pm

Sorry guys, I died early and after just 2 drams of that lovely HP Scott's.
Gotta go in to work this morning. :(


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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Newbie » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:14 pm

I had to go out last night but wuda loved to open my bottle of HP12 & HP Oddbins and join in with this!

But to be honest I would prefer to meet you guys in person and having a tasting that way, alot more fun!

Next tasting at whoever has got a hot tub!!!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:37 pm

Sherried Malt wrote:Didn't know there was more than one version out there. What's the 48.1% one like?


That's the sample I sent you btw, new OB HP 25 48.1% ! :thumbsup:
That was great reading all the notes!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:45 pm

Newbie wrote:I had to go out last night but wuda loved to open my bottle of HP12 & HP Oddbins and join in with this!

But to be honest I would prefer to meet you guys in person and having a tasting that way, alot more fun!

Next tasting at whoever has got a hot tub!!!


Well that rules me out :(
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:28 pm

SoMK wrote:
Sherried Malt wrote:Didn't know there was more than one version out there. What's the 48.1% one like?


That's the sample I sent you btw, new OB HP 25 48.1% ! :thumbsup:
That was great reading all the notes!


Excellent!! Talk about synchronicity... Thanks so much! :D
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:58 pm

So, how many hangovers today, then?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:50 pm

butephoto wrote:So, how many hangovers today, then?


None here. A liter of water during the evening and another before bed did the trick. :thumbsup:

Had to get up in the middle of the night tho... :P
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Bob O. » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:17 am

mikeymad wrote:There are other sets of single casks out there as well. Beltromos, and Park Ave both have their own as well as High Times (but for CA only).

Cheers,

Hey Mikey,

Just curious if you have tasted Beltramo's 15 year single cask bottling. I have contemplated picking this one up as well as the 19 they currently have.

Thanks for any info.

Cheers,

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:35 pm

Thought I'd repost this here, just to keep things nice and tidy...

Decided to do a HP 25 HTH... 50.7% abv vs. 48.1% abv (Thanks, SoMK!)

Nose: The 48.1 is more sherried while the 50.7 is a bit lighter, but with more caramel. Also has more alcohol on the nose, but not too over-the-top. (Bananas and wood make a late appearance in the 48.1 whereas the 50.7 becomes sweeter and maltier.)

Mrs. SM says the 48.1 smells of cigars while she gets Band-aids in the 50.7. She hates SMS, but was willing to help in the name of science...

Palate and Finish: The 50.7 has a wonderful mouthfeel. Luscious and warming. More viscous than the 48.1. Liquid velvet. Honey, caramel and molasses. More apparent sweetness than the 48.1. Some nougat on the finish. Beautiful finish, long lasting.

The 48.1: VERY smooth, but not as complex as the 50.7. Lighter and more graceful. Elegant. Gorgeous long and linear finish, but towards the end, a strong wallop of molasses and caramel make a surprise appearance. Never seen that before, but didn't get it in every tasting either... Huh?

The 48.1 seems to be much closer to the HP OB 30 in terms of its palate's elegance, whereas the 50.7 presents a nice contrast to the 30. Both are beautiful whiskies but I'd go for the 50.7 if forced to pick one, since it offers a alternative to the 30. If I was in the mood for elegance, then I'd just pour a 30...

That's my 2 cents.
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