Sunday 18 December 2016

Highland Park 21 + 1989 G&M: TWE Show Report

Hello, hello

I’ve got some Highland Park reviews for you today. Some older ones actually. Highland Park is probably one of my favourite distilleries. The 12 is good and can be a pretty good deal, the 18 is great and the range just logically progresses with age. I’ve got some reviews coming up actually of a huge Highland Park vertical (all the way up to the 40yo!), but first I’ll finish with these TWE Show Reports.

So, this first one is from Gordon & MacPhail. This is the new 2016 release and is pretty cheap for old Highland Park.

Highland Park 1989 G&M 43%
Colour: Gold
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Soft, obvious age with refill oak, light for Highland Park though, malt and some coal.
Taste: Softly spiced at first, then wonderful tropical fruit after a second, it keeps building with pineapple and mango with more oak coming in behind.
Finish: Medium length. Very light, the tropical notes fade with oak stepping forward.
A lovely natural one at 27 years old. I imagine this is from refill Hogsheads.

The 21 year old is the only Highland Park that I haven’t tasted in their normal age stated range now. So, I had to have a taste at the whisky show to complete my set of notes.

Highland Park 21 47.5%
Colour: Amber
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Deep, rich and decadent. 1st fill Sherry notes, raisin and stewed fruit.
Taste: Spicy! Intense Sherry, lovely smoke going through it, cooling ash, raisin, fig and date. Really rich and just great.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Coffee and dark chocolate.
A really great one. The higher Abv is really helping this and it is a really nice step up from the 18. These are getting more expensive these days though.

Thanks for reading!

Reviews #235-#236

Network Average: 75.9
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just about OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Great
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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