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Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008


Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:43 pm

Ganga wrote:I will setup a poll tonight for the March Live Tasting. Suggestions received thus far are Bruichladdich, Balvenie, St. Magdalene/Closed Lowland distilleries, Springbank. Anyone with suggestions can post it out as you dram away.


At the risk of a derail, is there a quick way to find out which whiskies have been tested in previous months?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:56 pm

Now stop that! I'm scrolling through the tasting as a "guest" so I don't show up until I'm good and ready (read up on everyone's comments) but everytime someone posts it pops me back to the top!

Guess I'll pour a 12 and dive in.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:01 am

Cheers Musky.... lurking in the dark....

Looking forward to your notes.... I should not be too far behind you, but I am still at work. watching the clock.........
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:06 am

Salute Mikey!

Sorry to hear that you're still at work. It appears the party has slowed down a bit so I'll have time to dig out a bottle or two. I have to be careful, very small drams, as I may have to drive Mrs Musky around this evening to her curling bonspeil.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:13 am

Nice Musky....

Not too long ago I watched my recording of the Winter olympics finals with the Canadian women's match (yep I am a nerd). Very cool stuff. I have not been to a real bonspeil, but there are some now and then in the area.

Keep it safe and sane.... and don't worry you can make progress when you get back... :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:14 am

Nice to see you :thumbsup:

I think I will heading off now and let the US take over from here
http://www.worldtimezone.com/datetime.htm , I see it is just getting dark on the East Coast. (Although I think they've been here from the start :dead: )
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:17 am

Cheers Matt,

Thanks again for setting up the chat....
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:20 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:Salute Mikey!

Sorry to hear that you're still at work. It appears the party has slowed down a bit so I'll have time to dig out a bottle or two. I have to be careful, very small drams, as I may have to drive Mrs Musky around this evening to her curling bonspeil.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:27 am

butephoto wrote:
Ganga wrote:I will setup a poll tonight for the March Live Tasting. Suggestions received thus far are Bruichladdich, Balvenie, St. Magdalene/Closed Lowland distilleries, Springbank. Anyone with suggestions can post it out as you dram away.


At the risk of a derail, is there a quick way to find out which whiskies have been tested in previous months?

It would be awfully difficult to derail this group. We don't allow too much to get between us and our beverage (ala dog and his bone). :wink:

This is from recollection and Musky feel free to elaborate. There were several attempts at getting it all together in the fall (3 or 4 tastings) of which I believe the only serious one was Laphroaig/Islay. In November we had back to back Fridays of Glenlivet with Ian Logan sitting in. December had no formal choice of distillery; basically we did New Years Eve. January didn't get organized. February Highland Park.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:43 am

Well joining late. Hope not to late to post some notes.

Highland Park 12

Highland Park
12 year old
Toffee, Apples, Spice, (Spiced Apples, how novel) Malt, Water intensifys the toffee
Honey, vanilla, stone fruits, some light spice, just a hint of peat or tobacco aftertaste
MEdium long, lingers with a sweet honey taste
Really quite good.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:45 am

Ganga wrote:
butephoto wrote:
Ganga wrote:I will setup a poll tonight for the March Live Tasting. Suggestions received thus far are Bruichladdich, Balvenie, St. Magdalene/Closed Lowland distilleries, Springbank. Anyone with suggestions can post it out as you dram away.


At the risk of a derail, is there a quick way to find out which whiskies have been tested in previous months?

It would be awfully difficult to derail this group. We don't allow too much to get between us and our beverage (ala dog and his bone). :wink:

This is from recollection and Musky feel free to elaborate. There were several attempts at getting it all together in the fall (3 or 4 tastings) of which I believe the only serious one was Laphroaig/Islay. In November we had back to back Fridays of Glenlivet with Ian Logan sitting in. December had no formal choice of distillery; basically we did New Years Eve. January didn't get organized. February Highland Park.


Ah, thanks for that. There's a pretty large scope for suggestions, then :)
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:46 am

More notes the better Danny....
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:51 am

Agreed Mikey. Unlike say Amadeus with too many notes.

Butephoto, yep there is lots of room for suggestions as the Live Tasting is a relatively new item on this forum. I'm trying to keep it down to only a few to vote over and not some 100 different distilleries.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:52 am

Okay...

I am taking off of work a little early... I will be home soon and back on-line in a bit, and will be starting with the 18yo OB when I get there.

Be back soon....
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:55 am

:evil: And I've still got another hour here at the office plus the commute home. :headbang:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:56 am

I will finish my 12 year before moving onto the 18. Only two I have at present.

I did attend a Bruichladdich tasting a couple of weeks back that was lead by Andrew Grey. We tasted three Laddies and three Murray McDavid bottlings. One of those tasted was a 16 year Highland Park, finished in Bourbon Casks and then Port Pipes.

I did not make formal notes, just jotted down a couple of things.

As Mr. Grey does not recommend any nosing these are all palate notes.

Heather, honey, some peat, spice. What I remember is that this was a whisky that was exceptionally nice and mellow and seemed older than 16 years.

Part of this may bedue to the fact that it is not chill filtered leaving a lot of the oils in that tend to mellow at younger ages.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:58 am

Ganga wrote::evil: And I've still got another hour here at the office plus the commute home. :headbang:


Ganga, how long is your commute?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:05 am

I get out of the office by about 4:45 to catch the train home. I'll be home about 5:45. If I drive into the office it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour depending upon what the crazy drivers going north on the 5 and 14 are doing.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:08 am

Danny,

He really recommended not nosing the whisky? That's half my fun. BTW, MMcD produced a marvelous bourbon cask HP 17 back in the 1990s. It was the one that really made me appreciate this distillery.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:09 am

Nick, you're just terrible. Then again, at least it wasn't Eurasia.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:15 am

Man that drive home took way too long and made me thirsty....

Starting in a bit with the HP 18yo OB (new the newest edition)
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:22 am

Cheers!!

Highland Park 18yo ( 43%, Original Bottling, In black box )

With the Glencairn glass
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:26 am

Ganga wrote:Danny,

He really recommended not nosing the whisky? That's half my fun. BTW, MMcD produced a marvelous bourbon cask HP 17 back in the 1990s. It was the one that really made me appreciate this distillery.


Yes, he just likes to taste. I to like to nose. I very much liked both MMcD HP and Macallan. Thet also had a MMcD Mortlach, which I seem to always have in my cupboard.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:27 am

Oh go ahead and rub it in. :evil: Need beverage. :o
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:36 am

[TASTINGNOTE2=Highland Park 18yo - Glencairn]Td_ABV=43Td_Age=18yoTd_BottleNotes=-Td_Bottler=-Td_Brand=Highland ParkTd_Expression=-Td_NoteID=0Td_Region=-Td_Type=-Td_Vintage=0Tf_Cereal=0Tf_Feinty=0Tf_Floral=0Tf_Fruity=0Tf_Peaty=0Tf_Sulphury=0Tf_Winey=0Tf_Woody=0Tg_Glass=-Tg_Ice=-Tg_Water=-Tm_MemberID=0Tm_MemberName=NoneTm_PostedDate=0Tn_Colour=-Tn_Comments=Very nice drinking dram. does not build on itself, but goes very well with itself. It knows who it is... Tn_Finish=slightly dry with hints of spice and citrus, medium length, and sticks mostly to the mouthTn_Nose=malt, honey, nutmeg?, white pepper, beeswax, cooked oranges, cocoaTn_Palate=citrus (oranges, little bit of lemon rind), more hony sweetness, oilyness that coats the palate, a bit of smoke on the end, cakeTn_Score=0[/TASTINGNOTE2]
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:37 am

shoot!! ^&%*$&^*^&

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:40 am

Highland Park 18yo - Glencairn

Nose - malt, honey, nutmeg?, white pepper, beeswax, cooked oranges, cocoa
Palate - citrus (oranges, little bit of lemon rind), more hony sweetness, oilyness that coats the palate, a bit of smoke on the end, cake
Finish - slightly dry with hints of spice and citrus, medium length, and sticks mostly to the mouth
Comments - Very nice drinking dram. does not build on itself, but goes very well with itself. It knows who it is...

Take that forum notes....
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:43 am

I forgot to mention that I was now moving onto the LARGE brandy......same beverage
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:47 am

Oh boy, sounds like a most pleasant way to enjoy HP. Well, I'm packing it up and heading home.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:51 am

I'll jump in the band wagon :) I so adore Hp..

Highland Park 12

Highland Park
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Beautiful... I could stick my nose in this one for hours :p It's so complex and delicious..A whiff of smoke and fresh air, blooming heather, sweet sweet malt and this everlasting leather scent.. drooling starts now :p
Honey and smoke but with this ever present freshness behind everything and oak again, dryer and lingering, honey wax polished oak..
Smoke and spices, ginger.. Somebody set the honey-ginger cake on fire !
"Thou shalt never run out of this One !"
Beautiful oaky amber
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12 Years Old
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nope..
dude...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:52 am

cheers ganga, cya in a bit (on-line)
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:00 am

Highland Park 18yo - Large Brandy glass

Nose - Oranges, caramel, sherry notes, light cereal, light saltyness, very light rubber, toasted oats.
Palate - initial spice attack, orangey sweetness follows, wow - bananas?, cinnamon, light hony, salt on the finish, with light smoke
Finish - warming with spice mix, finishes in the mouth with a medium length.
Comments - intense, this glass kicked it all up a notch. The delivery to the palate changed the oily character to be almost gone. Interesting.

I liked it out of the brandy a little more......

Moving onto one more glass the Riedel Whisky Glass.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:05 am

nice notes SoMK:

"drooling starts now "
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:06 am

And on to the 18... Now, we're talking.

Highland Park 18

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aHA ! now, we're really talking.. Sweet fresh malt, dried orange peels, wild flower/heather honey glaze and still this smoke in the background.
Smooth, round and sweet but peat lingers on the back of the tongue then slightly salty with dark dark chocolate, spices and nuts. O so beautiful...
Dry ! oak and smoking spices ...
The ultimate heart warmer. That's the Viggo Mortensen of whiskies. Tough but classy ;)
Chestnut honey
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0 Years Old
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Island (non Islay)
nope
Dude !
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Danny » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:13 am

Now for the 18.

Highland Park

Highland Park
18 year
Orange zest, a bit of cereal, mocha,
Almonds, canned stone fruits, cloves, hints of tobacco and peat
Medium long, sweet, light spice
An more complex 12
Burnt Toffee
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18 Years Old
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Justa tad
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