Not a member? - Register and login now.
All registered users can read our entire magazine archive.

Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008


Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:23 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:After a break for something to eat have resumed on the Hart Brothers 18yo and it's amazing how closely it resembles Nicks note for the 18yo O.b. even though it appears to be more 2nd or 3rd refill than the dark (Farven Justeret Med E150 !) release ......


SoI, what is the E number?
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:29 pm

What a shame, C57. Fancy overpowering all that lovely complexity. What a waste.
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:34 pm

Some time may help out C57... I have known beverages on first tast to be one sided at the beginning, then open up over time....

come back to in the future.
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:35 pm

Good evening all, got my HP 12 in one hand, but I have a cigar in the other and coffee next to it so a tasting note is pointless.

All goes quite nicely together, the coffe and cigar bring out some nice sweet fruity notes in the whisky, but the subtle smoke of HP is lost...

:smoke:
Matt2
 

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:38 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
SoI, what is the E number?

The Dreaded caramel Word.......
User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
 
Posts: 2537
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:39 pm

Hi Matt and Matt's smelly cigar ;) :P

Glad you turned up - I wanted to open an 18, but didn't want to drink alone :oops:
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:40 pm

Good to here C57.....

Nice Combo Matt. That is all a part of the tasting process as well.

what is the :smoke: you are having... ??
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:40 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
TreacleSponge wrote:
SoI, what is the E number?

The Dreaded caramel Word.......


Oh of course. But how would you know that? Does it get listed as an ingredient?
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:41 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
TreacleSponge wrote:
SoI, what is the E number?

The Dreaded caramel Word.......


Argh....
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:43 pm

Wow - just opened the 18yo. I was really enjoying the 12, but this is promising to be so much better!
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:45 pm

Its a Trinidad Reyes, I've been looking forward to it all week :thumbsup:

Go for it Treacle, I think the 18 may be one of my favourites now. I seem to be going for the younger ones now instead of the 30s.
Matt2
 

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:48 pm

Trinidad Reyes.... nice. that is at least one that I can get. I get frustrated all the time when people are having Cubans all over the place.....

good call..
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:52 pm

On my jollies cigars seemed to be a big deal (more than I've noticed in Europe) - New Orleans had fancy cigar shops and Costa Rica bars all had signs advertising Cuban cigars. Are Cuban cigars really so much better than others then?
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:55 pm

Is scotch whisky better than other whisky....???? :D

They are some of the highest rated cigars in the world. And from the handfull that I have had, they are really good.
Last edited by mikeymad on Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:56 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
Oh of course. But how would you know that? Does it get listed as an ingredient?

It says that on the Rear Label ......
User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
 
Posts: 2537
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:57 pm

I do like a nice Cuban, but I guess it is the same as some people think the only good whisky comes from Scotland. I've had some decent ones from all over the place.

Myself and Rob did a tasting with Monkey Shoulder and R&J / Montecristo. Monkey SHoulder is very good with a cigar, nice sweetness and stands up quite well.

Anyway, back the Highland Park - oh its gone :dead:
Matt2
 

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:04 pm

on the last HP of the night , The Whisky Scam Bottling of a few years ago , a 25yo from a SC at 46% , very similar to the 18yo HB lots of fruit , touch of smoke and £30 a pop !
User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
 
Posts: 2537
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:06 pm

Just catching up after having to run an errand. Work, always getting in the way of beverage.
Ganga
Matured cask
 
Posts: 24122
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:57 pm
Location: Sylmar, CA

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:08 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:on the last HP of the night , The Whisky Scam Bottling of a few years ago , a 25yo from a SC at 46% , very similar to the 18yo HB lots of fruit , touch of smoke and £30 a pop !


Oh I'm such a n00b. What is a Whisky Scam bottling? Was it really a scam or just a bargain bottle?
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:15 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
Oh I'm such a n00b. What is a Whisky Scam bottling? Was it really a scam or just a bargain bottle?

Long Story but the basic was that in the late 80's / early 90's there were lots of scams going on regarding whisky casks , anyway a guy (solicitor) in Kendal helped the people on the end of the scam Bottle and sell there casks to get some money back , in the early 2000's i picked a few of theses up incl the 25yo HP (£30 a bottle) , Ardbog 10yo (no spelling Mistake , £18) and Bowmorish 12yo (about the same) , missed out on the 1970 / 30yo Laddie for £30 :cry:
Don't know if the guy still sells them but they were popular......
User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
 
Posts: 2537
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:22 pm

So the cask-owners were scammed, but you got genuine single cask whisky? Maybe I should take a look round Kendal next time I'm there.
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:25 pm

I'm loving this 18yo. It's really really good.

Highland Park 18yo

-
18yo
Honey, chocolate and oranges. Much more intense than the 12
Like the 12yo but more complex, with more depth, more enjoyable. Creamy and chewy and sweet and warming. This is really lovely. Quite orangey and pithy, like good marmalade, chocolate, honey, coffee and that fire smoke.
Quite long. Sweet then spicier than the 12, pepper and ginger.
Beautifully balanced. The little old lady outdid herself with this one. Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.
deep/burnished gold
0

18 Years Old
0
43%
-

-
-
-
-
-
-

Please do not reproduce or copy this tasting note without permission.


Matt, I'm using the technique you said last time about visualising a scene :)
Last edited by TreacleSponge on Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:25 pm

It is a good story Gordon.....

:)
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:31 pm

Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.


Nice one......

Good notes Treacle.... and it even sounds like you might have liked this one... :thumbsup:
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:38 pm

mikeymad wrote:
Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.


Nice one......

Good notes Treacle.... and it even sounds like you might have liked this one... :thumbsup:


Yeah well, you know... it's ok I guess ;)

I expect lots of people have this as a staple Good Whisky, and I feel a bit silly for not realising sooner :oops:
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:40 pm

We all come along at our own pace..... welcome. :thumbsup:
User avatar
mikeymad
Cask Strength Gold Member
 
Posts: 3965
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:17 am
Location: North SF Bay Area (USA)

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TheTross » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:41 pm

The little old lady outdid herself with this one. Think she might have pushed the boat out and baked a hot upside-down chocolate pudding with a sticky marmalade sauce.


Nice visualisation :lol:

I do miss not having the HP 18 around, it's a fantastic dram.
User avatar
TheTross
Gold Member
 
Posts: 743
Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:34 am
Location: Oldham, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:48 pm

You, guys are surely making my mouth water. I need desert and a whisky.
Ganga
Matured cask
 
Posts: 24122
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:57 pm
Location: Sylmar, CA

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:53 pm

Awe, went back to the 12 and it seemed thin after my lovely 18. My parents are here atm and my mum just walked by (curious as to why her little girl was surrounded by glasses) and tried the 18 then the 12 and said the 12 was watery. And I loved that 12yo an hour ago. I'm so fickle :)
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Matt2 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:01 pm

:shock: I'm sure if I put the 12 in a pink fluffy bottle you would love it even more :wink:
Anyone got the 21, would be good to see how it all develops. Got a 30 but shouldn't really open it yet....

I'm really enjoying the 12 at the moment, surrounded by lots of empty miniature bottles. Its got a good balance and an easy drinking whisky.

Ganga, what desert are you having with the whisky?
Matt2
 

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:13 pm

It's worth a shot, Matt :P

I saw a limited edition bottle of Grand Marnier today that was flocked. Really, just like flock wallpaper! Mr.Treacle had to prise it out of my hands to put it back on the shelf. I only have it in a B52 (which is a great bed-time cocktail) but I wanted it so badly!
Last edited by TreacleSponge on Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:16 pm

It's only 2 pm here. Just had a bite of pizza for lunch. I'm looking forward to getting home for the whisky and dessert. I'll have some of the V-Day cookies mom and the monsters made.

Is the 30 a 5 or 70 cl?
Ganga
Matured cask
 
Posts: 24122
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:57 pm
Location: Sylmar, CA

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Sherried Malt » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:20 pm

Keep up the great work, guys. I'll join you when I come back from dinner with my wife.

And I found I have an HP bottled just for the Netherlands. 19 YO from 1986. Can't wait to try it! :thumbsup:
User avatar
Sherried Malt
Double Gold Member
 
Posts: 1134
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:32 pm
Location: New York, United States

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:20 pm

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.
Ganga
Matured cask
 
Posts: 24122
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:57 pm
Location: Sylmar, CA

Re: Highland Park Tasting - 15 Feb 2008

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:25 pm

I'm away for a cuppa tea. G'night all.
User avatar
TreacleSponge
Gold Member
 
Posts: 628
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:32 pm
Location: Lake District, UK


PreviousNext

Return to Live Tastings

Whisky gift and present finder