normal5 wrote:I sampled my first HP 12 last evening ans as I recall the Nose was full of candied fruit, and sweet licorice or cotton candy. it was then followed by a smell and taste that I can only describe as "doctors office" sterial alcohol and rubber gloves. It was not the most thrilling Scotch experience I've had. I'm looking forward to trying it again tonight.
normal5 wrote:Yeah that's what I'm hoping. I purchased the HP 12 after reading so many great reviews (none of which had mentions this smell and taste as being soooo pronounced) Anyway on second tasting I found it to be very similar. I'm not sure as to whether this will diminish with continued tastings or whether I can just educate myself above the flavor to appreicate the process of creating a good dram. I still haven't had it with water but could be interesting.
dramtastic wrote:Have only tried the 12 and 16 and can't say that HP is a grabber for me. The 16 is close to the worst SM I've tried. The 12 is ok but nothing special IMO. I am drinking a Bowmore 12 right now and would buy this again before the HP12. I will however, when funds allow try the HP 18 and hopefully enjoy.
dramtastic wrote:Have only tried the 12 and 16 and can't say that HP is a grabber for me..
dcb wrote:Love the 12 and with the 18 costing $100 now (too much, imo), I finally tried the 15 yr which was on sale. Very pleased with it, what a delicious pour, about as good as the 18 and half the price. I too prefer the old dumpy bottles, the new ones are a bit tricky to pour from.
I just got a bottle yesterday and I noticed that it is a bit tricky to pour from, several drops ran down the side of the bottle. It could be because it was a full bottle, but the design of the bottle would suggest to me that this will occur no matter how much is left. Has anyone else noticed this, or am I just pouring it wrong?
closeup wrote:As i live in Orkney i have had many a hp and i have enjoyed every one i have a couple in my collection ,the one you display (i hate the new bottle shape) the 15 hp is a fabulous malt but the pride of my collection is a Highland park cenentary reserve ,i have bottle unopened but i have sample quite a few of them it has to be the best ever whisky experiance what do other readers think of it
Megawatt wrote:dramtastic wrote: The 16 is close to the worst SM I've tried.
Megawatt wrote: It's evident from the first nosing that this is heavily sherried, which makes sense because Highland Park uses sherry casks exclusively.
Lawrence wrote:Megawatt wrote: It's evident from the first nosing that this is heavily sherried, which makes sense because Highland Park uses sherry casks exclusively.
This is incorrect; the HP12 is predominatley bourbon casks with some sherry casks used, the remainder of the line, for the most part, are ex sherry and the Hjarta is bourbon. Don't confuse sweetness and vanilla (from American oak) for sherry.
DavidUK wrote:...there is such a thing as American oak Sherry casks...