Sorry for the delay in keeping up with the thread. Been in Prague. I am still thinking that the 16 in Europe may be different from what we are able to get in North America. Here is why.
I just picked up the 21 on the way to Prague. It is very very similar to the 16, so I brought home a sample and did a head to head comparison. The 21 is, as expected, smoother and it does have more body, but it is the same general flavor - just an older sibling. Maybe more cherry than raspberry, but they are definitely variations on a theme.
Neither tastes like a Highland Park. They are both much more fruity, and they don't have the distinctive Highland Park butter taste. Again, closest thing to them I had tasted before was the Glenlivet 18. I'll back off on silky and sublime after tasting the 21 and call the 16 light and wonderful, but I'll stand by my opinion that it is good stuff. Anybody in Europe want to pick up a sample and weigh in?
And ... of course I need to pick up some Highland Park 15 and 18 for more taste comparisons. It is all in the name of science.
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