Highland Park 16 YO – tasting Highland Park in Stockholm
During my whisky ‘career’ I have tasted quite a few Highland Park, both distillery bottlings and independent bottlings. Last June I had the pleasure of visiting Orkney and Highland Park. It was such a great experience. Read what Thomas wrote about our trip.
Well, back to the masterclass in Stockholm. The line-up was like this:
- Highland Park 12 YO, 40 %
- Highland Park Dark Origins, 46,8 %
- Highland Park 16 YO, 40 %
- Highland Park 18 YO, 43 %
- Highland Park Freya, 51,2 %…and I was in heaven!
The Highland Park 16 YO was new to me. It was released for the travel retail market. Unfortunately it is not possible to buy this anymore.
I did not take full tasting notes of the 16 YO, but I will give you a quick impression:
Nose (22/25): Fruity. Dried fruits. Gentle smoky notes. Some spices.
Taste (22/25): Fruity and quite rich. Smooth. A lightly peated touch. Some spices, the sweet ones like cinnamon and white pepper.
Finish (21/25): The finish is fruity, but changes to dry very quickly. Quite short.
Balance (21/25): A really nice and balanced dram.