Posts Tagged “Highland Park”

Highland Park 21 Year Old (47.5% ABV) – The King of Spice

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Highland Park 21 Year Old (47.5% ABV) – The King of Spice

The Highland Park 21 is a classic example of an expression that migrated successfully from the travel retail market into the general market. Yes, it did undergo some trials and tribulations, including being released at 40% ABV for a while, but it got back on track. The nose on this expression is absolutely stunning, but the…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 4 – A 30 Year Old Highland Park by G&M

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 4 – A 30 Year Old Highland Park by G&M

Together with the old sherry Glenlossie, this Highland Park was the high point in this very special tasting. Of all independent bottlers, Gordon and MacPhail have a singular approach to wood management: They bring their own casks to distilleries, and have them filled there. Thus, they are probably the  independent bottler most involved in the…

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Whisky and Norse Mythology – Highland Park 12

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Whisky and Norse Mythology – Highland Park 12

Highland Park is the most northern Scotch whisky distillery in the world. By a bit that is! The island of Orkney holds two distilleries, Highland Park and the much less known Scapa distillery. Highland park lies about 600 meters (2000 feet) north of Scapa. Highland Park adopted the Norse mythology that pervades Orcadian history and culture,…

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Two 30 Year Old Highland Parks….Wow and Wower

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Two 30 Year Old Highland Parks….Wow and Wower

Until last month, my oldest Highland Park was a 22 year old Society bottle (Cask 4.190) which I reviewed here. Then, in a span of a few short weeks, I tasted two 30 year old Highland Park whiskies, one is the official distillery bottling and the other is a Gordon and MacPhail 1985 bottling (dating…

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

It seems that I’m writing quite a bit about NAS expressions lately, which is not surprising since almost all the new distillery expressions out there are NAS. I’ve said it before, and will just reiterate, I’m not opposed to NAS on principle (unless it’s on single cask bottlings). NAS whisky can be good, and several…

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park 22 Years Old Single Barrel SMWS 4.190

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park 22 Years Old Single Barrel SMWS 4.190

This Highland Park spent 22 years in an ex-bourbon cask, and came out a real beauty. It was part of the June 2014 outrun and was one of 246 bottles dubbed by the society tasters as “big boys smoking in the sauna”.  The beauty of the SMWS, and all single cask independent bottlers, is that…

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park Svein

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park Svein

Highland Park has some pretty high end whisky, but I actually want to talk about the other end of the spectrum here: the Highland Park Svein. Highland Park introduced a series of NAS (no age statement) expressions for travel retail, and the Svein is the entry level  expression in this, the Warrior, series. Now, I…

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