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Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008


Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:26 am

Highland Park 18yo - Riedel Whisky Glass

Nose - lemons, light cereal, light honey, everything is very light out of this glass
Palate - does not match the nose, big cooked oragnes, nutmeg, honey, oily, cinnamon, cake
Finish - honey, spices, medium length, all in the mouth
Comments - Great fun to tip this beverage back....

For a drinking glass this matches up well, I like the approach of it, it dumps it all over the palate, and even covers the lips. You get almost nothing out of the nose which is missing a lot of the goodness.

I will not be using this for any other tasting.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:28 am

Drat!
I'm the designated driver for the ladies bonspeil team (Mrs Muskies team) so no Highland Park for Petey tonight. Well, not until later on.

Sorry, have fun without me. I'm off to the curling club, -30 below out there too!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:29 am

Moving on to a single cask:

Highland Park 19yo 1986 ( 53.8%, Original Bottling, Beltramos, single cask b-05, cask 2498 )

starting back with the Glencairn.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:30 am

Sorry to loose you Musky (for now) we will be around for a while on the left coast.

throw a good weight Mrs. Musky!

Cheers,
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:31 am

Don't I work hard for the cause...
At this rate, next tasting note will be written from under the table.

Highland Park bicentenary 1977

Highland Park
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wow... Smoke/honey/heather again but magnified. trademark of HP but wow.. that's amazing. No doubt, this is the older brother of 12 !
Chocolate is gone but O boy, orange honey is there and obviously HP invented the salted caramel honey flavour. With the ever present smoke and discreet peat. All this is long and interlocked and makes you go back at it *it's so difficult, really*
Marvellous mix of oaky dryness and sweetness that lingers on. Maybe the chocolate is back but very dark, more cocoa than chocolate.
How freshness can manage to coexist with such dark sweet notes and smoke is just magic ;)
Chestnut honey
92

21 Years Old
77
46%
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Island (non Islay)
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Smaple provided by sherriedMalt *waves*

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:33 am

Oh, SoMK I am not ready for the Bi yet. I will be there is a while. :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:39 am

Glad to see I made it just in time :)

Don't have much HP open, and just poured myself a dram of Black Bottle, but will certainly get a 18yo and a 22yo bottled by the SMWS to join in the party.

Won't open up my 30yo just yet ;)
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:42 am

Cheers K-mile, we will have to see if we can help you out.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:46 am

First of all, let me say that this (for me at least) new tasting notes interface just rocks! :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:00 am

Ok, I'm home now. :mrgreen: Finally the fun begins for me.

I'm going to catch up on what's been happening over the last hour.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:06 am

Ok, pouring several dram of the Hi-Time HP 15: sm brandy, glencairn, Ardbeg noser, tumbler, and the Celtic Malts glass.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:19 am

Hi-Time Highland Park

Highland Park
15 yo Cask Strength
Cherries and caramel, rubbery vinegar, almonds, orange marmalade
Caramel and oranges, a little rubbery, mixed spices, light maltiness
Long, orangey caramel with the rubberiness from the palate fading away
The citrus elements come out in the nose much better with the addition of copious amounts of water. Got too much in it to really get a good palate.
Reddish amber
68

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
Sm Brandy Glass
1990-06, Cask10140

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:19 am

Opening new bottle:


Highland Park 19yo 1986 (53.8%, Original Bottling, Beltramos, single cask b-05, cask 2498) in Glencairn Glass


Color - Dark Red Amber
Nose - cooked oranges, hard candy, Sherry, stewed apples, burnt oak
Palate - sherry and orange bomb.... spicy, good rich mouthfeel,
Finish - dry sherry and spice finish, that goes on for some time, warming in the mid throat, and chest.
Comments - This does not have all the suttle aspects of the standard 18yo, but I really like to drink this

Let's give this a try in the Large brandy.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:33 am

Hi-Time Highland Park #2

Highland Park
15 yo Cask Strength
Lots of caramel and nuts, oranges and red apples, cocoa/chocolate?, some kind of spice-nutmeg perhaps
Caramel, cooked red apples, some rubberiness, mixed nuts
Long with spices diminishing into a slight rubberiness
oranges and apples really come out on the nose with the additon of some water. Much of the palate mellows and the rubberiness goes away.
Reddish amber
74

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:42 am

Hi-Time Highland Park #3

Highland Park
Hi-Time Wine Cellars Single Cask
Very strong caramel with nuts, burnt sugars and raw sugars, light citrus, light maltiness
Orangey caramel, cooked apples, very slight maltiness, lemons
Long and citrusy with an underlying layer of caramel and a wee hint of the rubbberiness
Addition of water brings out the oranges and apples while other aspects diminish. Oranges turn to tangerines on the palate when water is added.
Reddish amber
72

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
Ardbeg Noser
1990-06, Cask10140

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:45 am

new glass:


Highland Park 19yo 1986 (53.8%, Original Bottling, Beltramos, single cask b-05, cask 2498) in large brandy Glass


Nose - very hot, malt, smoke, orange
Palate - nice mouthfeel that turns slightly dry, cooked oranges and cinnimon spice comes through, along with hony, and hard candy sugar,
Finish - dry and spices sit in the mouth.
Comments - a bowl of fire, and spice. fun

It is hard out of this glass. It is so hot that it is hard to nose, but it drinks nice.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:45 am

I haven't read all your notes so far, but I'm taking a shot at the detailed tasting notes with one of my favorites, the 18yo.

It's been a while since I had the chance to seriously nose and taste a fine malt, so bear with me ;)

Highland Park 18yo

Highland Park
18yo
Very smooth, a little smoke, but sweetness all over it
Sherry, honey
Starts out smooth, but there is a heathery, flowery punch after a few seconds. Lingers on with lots of sweetness
Has a great flavor and mouthfeel, the finish just keeps on going. Not too heavy, well balanced.
copper / tawny
90

18 Years Old
0
40%
OB

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
-
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Glencairn
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:47 am

After 5 beverages I need a little food. I will be drinking again soon.

Cheers,
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:51 am

mikeymad wrote:After 5 beverages I need a little food. I will be drinking again soon.

Cheers,


Same here, getting ready for my last dram of the night. It's almost 4am here, and there's lots of work to do tomorrow...

HP 20yo coming up...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:52 am

Hi-Time Highland Park #4

Highland Park
Hi-Time Wine Cellars Single Cask
Caramel, hints of pumpkin/squashes, very light citrus
Oranges, caramel, maltiness, apples, a little bit of rubberiness, and some light spice. Bananas too.
Long, loads of caramel and oranges.
Water brings more of the caramel out in the nose and palate. Also the palate actually gets a little spicey with the water.
Reddish amber
75

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
Celtic Malts Glass
1990-06, Cask10140

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:54 am

Wait a minute, there's bananas in the CM glass too.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:00 am

Hey guys.

The 12, 18 and 25 are poured and ready! Gotta get a couple more. Be right back.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:03 am

Hi-Time Highland Park #5

Highland Park
Hi-Time Wine Cellars Single Cask
Nice light oranges and caramel.
Rich caramel and oranges, apples, much maltiness.
Moderate, orangey/spicey caramel, malty
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Reddish amber
68

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
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None
None
Tumbler
1990-06, Cask10140

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Wave » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:03 am

Starting with a freshly opened....
Highland Park 19yr old 1985 Scott's Selection 53.5% Alc./Vol.
Glencairn glass


Color - Light gold
Nose - Sweat vanilla and white chocolate covered cherries with smoky peat embers.
Palate - creamy sweat, smokey vanilla and red fruit
Finish - Long and slightly chewy. Lightly drying

Comments - Another winner from Scott's Selection!
I give this one an 88


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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:04 am

Hey SM, good to see you here. I'm just finishing a flight through the Hi-Time HP 15 CS.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:05 am

Good evening Wave. :thumbsup:
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:06 am

Hey Wave and Sherried.... glad to see you on....

I will be joining back in soon
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:07 am

Ganga wrote:Wait a minute, there's bananas in the CM glass too.


This is when you know you're dealing with the pros ;)

j/k.. I always enjoy reading your notes with the different kind of glasses. I only have Glencairns and already having trouble identifying what I see, smell, and taste. Can't imagine trying to single out these kinds of subtleties.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:10 am

K-Mile, thanks.

I'm getting ready for the Prime Malt No 2 HP 12 yo, 40%. PM is bottled by Duncan Taylor.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:13 am

Hey, what happened?? I just posted some comments on the 12 and nothing shows up! That was my first drink, I swear...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:15 am

SMSW 4.116

Scotch Malt Whisky Society
4.116
Sharp, fruity. Fresher than the OB's (I tried the 12, 15 & 18), less warm and smooth.
Instante 'bite'. tingling around my tongue, smokey, toffee?
Mouthwatering, powerful,
Quite different than the OB's, but that could be the ABV. Appears more fruity than sherried, though.
Very pale, white
85

20 Years Old
1986
50.2%
Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
-
None
Glencairn
"Oysters at Skara Brae"

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:17 am

hmmmm. if not a problem, you have to remember to add the notes to your post first.

Not sure otherwise
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:18 am

Well, that's it for me. My HP12 has just been emptied, so I'm out of open bottles. It's been a long week, so I guess I'll have to get some sleep anyway.

Enjoy the tasting, and goodnight!

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:19 am

K-Mile, oh that sounds appetizing. Have you ever tried a little water with this one?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:20 am

Ok, Let's try that again...

My first try of a 12 ever. Much more used to the Bi.

Nose: Thought I got some oranges at the very first nosing (power of suggestion?) but not there anymore. Nice heather. Don't get much of anything else, but I normally don't focus on a whisky's nose...

Palate: Great honeyed sweetness. Not cloying or overpowering. Very light on its feet. Dancing, almost...

Finish: Best part of this whisky. Clean, full and lasting. Got a hint of nougat or something like that but can't really place...

Very nice but not wowed. Think I want more body...
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