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Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008


Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:22 am

Cheers K-mile thanks for the notes.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:23 am

Hmm, that worked that time... Must've been a pilot error of some sort...

On to the 18 then!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:28 am

Good night K-Mile. Comeback tomorrow and see what you missed. :D
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:32 am

Have a good one, K-Mile. I'll have to catch up to your notes afterwards...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:33 am

Moving onto something a little different:

opening:

Non-sherry finished:

Highland Park 24yo 1977 ( 53.7%, Signatory, cask 3788 4.8.77-9.8.01 147/162 )

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:36 am

The HP 18:

Nose: Much more prominent than the 12. Some ctirus. Light caramel. Rounder on the nose than the 12. Plusher? Get a very good sweetness...something besides honey.

Palate: Ahh, now we're talking! Sherry but nicely balanced. Not a sherry monster. Less of a sherry note than the Bi, while having much of the same sweetness. This is a great whisky. I can drink this every single day. Well done!

Finish: Not up to par vs. the palate. Not bad in of itself (better than the 12 by a bit) but the whisky on the palate was just wonderful. Also get a hint of rubber on the very end...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:38 am

Prime Malt No 2 #1

Highland Park
Prime Malt No 2
Honey and light vanilla, floral-prairie roses?
butterscotch/vanilla, florals and dried/green grasses, malt, dried apples, a little feinty
Moderate, honey heather
Water seems to add a note of cooked squash to the palate. The nose becomes more heathery.
Honey gold
54

12 Years Old
1992
40%
Duncan Taylor

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

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:40 am

mikeymad wrote:Moving onto something a little different:

opening:

Non-sherry finished:

Highland Park 24yo 1977 ( 53.7%, Signatory, cask 3788 4.8.77-9.8.01 147/162 )

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That's going to be interesting! Same year as the Bi but without the sherry. Can't wait to get your take on it!
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:43 am

This feels like speed chess or speed dating.

Let's see what the 25's like, but first, a pause for some precautionary hydration...
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:44 am

Speed dramming?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:46 am

You nailed it. Wish I said it first... :P
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:50 am

Prime Malt No 2 #2

Highland Park
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Sweet matliness, grassy-late summer, light cocoa?
Strong sweet malt, little cocoa and vanilla, heather
moderately short and malty
Water brings more of the chaff out than the grain.
Honey gold
56

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:54 am

new bottle:


Highland Park 24yo 1977 ( 53.7%, Signatory, cask 3788 4.8.77-9.8.01 147/162 ) in Glencairn

Color - Pale Gold
Nose - fresh cut grass, lemon, straw, cereal, pencil shavings, waxed floor, sea air
Palate - nice oily presentation, fresh citrus flavors (lemon, lemon zest), maltyness
Finish - clean, fairly short, left with more of the lemon and slight spicey, salty
Comments - A great different view of HP. really does show that the malt and the location does a lot for the beverage.

Going to see if my nose can handle the Large brandy....
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:56 am

Time for the HP 25:

Nose: Wow, that is one gorgeous sherry nose!! Flowers, heather, honey. There's a citrus element there in the background too.

Palate: OK, now I get why people clamor over this one. This is fabulous! Wonderful sherry mixed in with a perfectly balanced malt. Love the fullness of the body.

Finish: The finish is exactly like the whisky. It's not just one or two notes that remain; it's the entire whisky that's lingering. Nice long finish too.

My fave so far.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:59 am

Sherried, is that a 48.1% or an older one?
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:02 am

Prime Malt No 2 #3

Highland Park
Prime Malt No 2
Malty, malty, malty. Light honey mixed with heather.
Honey malt, some vanilla, light spices-matching up with vanilla.
Short, honey and malt.
Water just diminishes flavors.
Honey gold
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:02 am

Do tell, SM.

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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:06 am

mikeymad wrote:Sherried, is that a 48.1% or an older one?


Label says 50.7%. It's from a 333 ml.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:08 am

Just exchanged some email with an old girlfriend in CA. Told her what I was doing. She thinks I need to get a life.

Those weren't her exact words. It was more like, "WTF you doing at home on Friday night drinking by yourself?? Go out and get l@id." Yes, she has her good qualities!

Ok, back to fun and games.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:08 am

ah, very good thx
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:10 am

Prime Malt No 2 #4

Highland Park
Prime Malt No 2
Malty honey, heather/summer grasses.
Malty, heather, a little astringent. Hmm. Just hit me wrong for a moment. Still there but really diminished.
Short, feinty and malty
Water: malty on the nose and palate. Much diminished with water.
Honey gold
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:11 am

Sherried Malt wrote:Just exchanged some email with an old girlfriend in CA. Told her what I was doing. She thinks I need to get a life.

Those weren't her exact words. It was more like, "WTF you doing at home on Friday night drinking by yourself?? Go out and get l@id." Yes, she has her good qualities!

Ok, back to fun and games.

Woman's got have her priorities.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:12 am

This is life.... a little bit :oops:

but then again most of us are old.

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

Cheers,
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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 mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:17 am

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]
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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 Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:28 am

I liked both versions we got to try. :D Of course, the 30 was one of those really sublime whiskies.
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:28 am

new glass:


Highland Park 24yo 1977 ( 53.7%, Signatory, cask 3788 4.8.77-9.8.01 147/162 ) in large brandy


Nose - light citrus, straw, cereal
Palate - grains, light citrus, almond extract, very light honey
Finish - short, light, mild peppery spices.
Comments - A spicy islander, I think that this will be fun in the long run.
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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 Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:33 am

Prime Malt No 2 #4

Highland Park
Prime Malt No 2
Malt comes through as well as a little honey and heather.
Honeyed malt. Not much else.
Short, malty
No water this time.
Honey gold
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Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:38 am

Ok, I'm feeling playful/fiesty. :shock: I think I will vat the two bottles for one glass.
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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 Ganga » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:42 am

Ok, it's a 50/50 vatting of the HP 15 Hi-Time at 52.7 and the DT PM #2 HP 12 at 40. 15 is a sherry cask and the 12 is a bourbon cask. Let's see what we get. :o
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