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Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008


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. :(


Cheers!
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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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