Highland Park 16-year-old - Twisted Tattoo

Overall rating
85.34/100
votes
414
Whiskybase ID
WB128292
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Rioja Seasoned Wine Casks & 1st Fill Bourbon
Strength
46.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L0053B L04 31/01 09:56
Barcode
5010314307837
Added on
25 mar 2019 3:26 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 103.63

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Whisky reviews for Highland Park 16-year-old - Twisted Tattoo

66 users have left 69 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.34 points.

  1. TimkoT scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. JoshNRW did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Oh, you can clearly smell the wine cask and the bourbon cask behind it is still noticeable. I like it quite well, but over time it becomes more and more apparent that the wine barrel is not willing to step back or give much space to other aromas. But a little smoke spreads out and the herbal note (sun-dried rosemary) is not too sharp.

    On the palate it appears younger and offers a (not particularly thrilling) interplay of sweet, woody-bitter and slightly stormy notes.

    The finish is - as with the 16 standard before - unfortunately a bit too alcoholic and burns a bit in the throat.

  5. SebStar scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. herdertje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Honey, orchard fruits, vanilla, citrus, yellow fruits, quite good

  8. Artus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. JJKATED scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful but balanced, the alcohol is well integrated, fruity notes and goo mouthfeel, very drinkable - not bad
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense, white grapes, little citrusy, some honey, some heather, spices, some herbs, hints of vanilla, whiffs of tobacco, coconut powder, some pear and apple
    • Taste
      89 89
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, spicy, citrusy, subtle sweetness, honey, vanilla, yellow fruits, pear, banana, pepper, little ginger, little herbs - really not bad
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm, fruity, spicy, little herbs, more punchy, honey, hints of leather

  11. Will_iam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. AdamsB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Two types of barrels were used during the Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo graduation. 153 Spanish red Rioja casks and 70 bourbon first fill casks.
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, wine, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, orange, black currant, blackberries, smoke,
    • Taste
      Sweet, honey, wine, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, colonial spices, toffee, black pepper, blueberries, raisins, and smoke.
    • Finish
      Sweet, wine, spices, black currant, honey, vanilla, dried fruit, black pepper, smoke

  14. Svjatogor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    n: nice red fruit! red wine, sherry, wood, grass, fresh fruit, cherrys, red apples, frest herbs, hint of smoke and salmon
    t: fruits, sherry, komplex, spicy, mouth watering
    a: lot of nuts, intense sherry, almonds, spicy, pleasant oak, long aftertaste

  15. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Don Cassi scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts off sugary sweet with currants and a few herbs and some meatiness in the background.

    Slightly sour and spicy in the mouth. In the finish there is a slight smoky note, which combines wonderfully with a little oak. Subtle red fruit notes in the background.
    Length: 5/10

    Overall nice HP, which I expected a little more fruit from. At the price called, it is also a bit too expensive for what is offered.

    Grade: 2+

  17. RJKrueger scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Highland Park with a difference and not bad at all; You have to decide for yourself whether it is worth the money. Anyone who got it cheap didn't do anything wrong, despite the youthful touch that is still there at 16.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The first nose has a little alcoholic character, so it is worth giving the malt a little time. This unorthodox Highland Park then comes through clearly spicy and with beautiful wine notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      This malt is also worthwhile in terms of taste, is nicely balanced with more spicy wood notes than a Rioja touch.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Unfortunately, the finish is then a bit flat and short, which is rather unusual for the ripening period.

  18. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Much too expensive, very unbalanced malt.

  20. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-28
    • Nose
      shallow smoke, tangerine, creaminess, little citrus, little vanilla
    • Taste
      salty, smoky, slightly dry cherries, red wine, peppery, almond

  22. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Got the red wine ever so slightly on the mid-palate but other than that more of a very light and delicate finish. Seeing how especially red wine maturations are 80% miss and 20% succress in my experience, this is probably to be congratulated. All in all a very decent modern HP with some slight but negligible wine (off?) notes.

  23. obst scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  24. tester1277 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    The wine makes it very interesting, but overall it is not my cup of tea. Here, too, more like ashtrays.
    • Nose
      strong, ripe fruit, some perfume, sour, wine, then very light smoke.
      The second nosing makes it fruity.
    • Taste
      first sweet, then quickly dry, covers the tongue.
    • Finish
      strong and very interesting finish. Stays in the mouth for a long time.

  25. dapoinbua scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    highland park twisted tattoo 16y VS highland park 18y (bottled 2014). i started putting both in a glencairn for about half an hour before starting this review. i must say that the twisted tattoo won this round, which i did not expect. both were amazing but the 16y twisted tattoo just blew me away. it does not happen often, that i find the taste even better than a very good nose. it is not that i did not like the 18y, but the 16y was just better.

    before this battle happened i only knew the 12y and some travel retail stuff from hp and wasnt a big fan but with this tasting this changed!
    • Nose
      91 91
      very fresh for a hp, i dont get the typical heather, rather creamy bready notes with fruit. this is hp? still, while not showing typical hp character i find the nose charming. there is a lot of vanilla, rich and round. topped with some fruits and cream. the first filled bourbon casks are strong here, but also the rioja is there but more subtle. the peat is very gentle and hides in the background. pleasant nose. ok, when comparing both drams i do get some heather on this one, but since the cask influence is strong here it plays in the background.
    • Taste
      93 93
      oily mouthfeel, wow. this is beautiful. it does not happen often, that i give the taste more points than the nose but this is amazing. fresh and crisp. the fruits are not there. more some sulfury and rubbery notes. very earthy. so much power! ginger.
    • Finish
      92 92
      numbing and fizzy. very long. such a long and numbing finish i normaly get from cask strengths. this is something!

  26. dramdram scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The Highland Park Twisted Tattoo convinced me personally for 16 years. Whether it is worth the price of 70 euros now, I cannot answer that for everyone, it ultimately depends on your own taste. In any case, it is a really great malt that you should have tried once. And as a Highland Park fan you should definitely get it, if you haven't already.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Initially citrus fruit and a hint of cherry on the nose. Orange peel is also mixed in later. At first it appears quite flat and thin, but more pleasant aromas are added over time. You can smell the wine bouquet. There are also subtle vanilla and very fine cigar notes. The subtle smoke from Highland Park is even finer here and only subtly perceptible. After an easy start, the malt becomes quite complex on the nose and knows how to please.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The smoke is clearer in the mouth and comes with the first sip. But then it subsides and paves the way for notes of stone fruit, cherries and almond tones. You can taste the red wine here unmistakably and very pleasantly. If you leave it on the palate a little longer, there are tart notes of cigars and then a little pepper. A very strong, but beautifully balanced, great malt.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very nice and long. Delicious fruity notes come again and at the end there is a pepperiness that lingers for a long time together with tart notes.

  29. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In any case, it is a really great malt that you should have tried once.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Initially citrus fruit and a hint of cherry on the nose. Orange peel is also mixed in later. At first it appears quite flat and thin, but more pleasant aromas are added over time. You can smell the wine bouquet. There are also subtle vanilla and very fine cigar notes. The subtle smoke from Highland Park is even finer here and only subtly perceptible. After an easy start, the malt becomes quite complex on the nose and knows how to please.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The smoke is clearer in the mouth and comes with the first sip. But then it subsides and paves the way for notes of stone fruit, cherries and almond tones. You can taste the red wine here unmistakably and very pleasantly. If you leave it on the palate a little longer, there are tart notes of cigars and then a little pepper. A very strong but beautifully balanced great malt.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very nice and long. Delicious fruit notes come again and at the end there is a pepperiness that lingers for a long time together with tart notes.

  31. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. dontwatchtv scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A true whisky for the tasters (it has a neat package though). Slight highland park peatiness but the note that is felt the most is forest fruitiness. It's sweet and bitter on the tongue. Very long finish that just resembles berries or other bush like sour fruits. It's a very well balanced and lively whisky.

  33. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Artificial peach flavouring, a tad oaky, sea salt and smoke.
    • Taste
      Quite good here, peaches, sea salts, touches of smoke, sweet orange, very mouthwatering and balanced.
    • Finish
      Cooked vegetable, metallic, chocolates.

  35. the_muskox scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Notes: Pretty good stuff. A fair bit peatier than expected, but still in the wheelhouse of Highland Park. The richness of the smoke is really nice. I normally don’t like papaya, but enjoyed that note in the nose here. The finish and mouthfeel could have been a bit better. My main problem is that I really wanted it to have more influence from the Rioja casks. This certainly isn’t a wine bomb. Instead, it’s a nice but ultimately fairly straightforward Highland Park.

    Nose: Whoa, a load of strong tobacco and tobacco smoke right up front. Beyond that first blast, the smoke is much more heathery and honeyed. There’s rich seaside flavours of tide pools and seaweed. Prosciutto and figs! Definitely some figs, as well as strong papaya. Cranberry jelly and dried mangoes as well. Rich smoked paprika, maple syrup, coffee, and cedar-plank salmon.

    Palate: Medium-light texture. Rich coffee on the arrival, along with peat reek, earth, apple, and blackberries. It develops to more earth, dark chocolate, honey, and dried herbal flavours of oregano, grass, and mint. The wine shows up here, but stays fairly mild. Thick barbeque smoke on the back end, with more peat reek, tobacco, star anise, and cinnamon.

    Finish: Medium-short. Peat reek, sweetening up to red apples, cinnamon, tobacco, brown sugar, and some red wine.

  36. Astrid scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Good to drink, but very unspectacular.
    • Nose
      the wine notes play around the nose immediately but discreetly and the bourbon barrel influence is not sloppy, white oak in combination with caramel and fresh bitter oranges, some bread and cloves, vanilla, honey, Mon Chéri, raisins and apricots cavort in the distance, somewhat mineral
    • Taste
      soft and fruity with lots of bread and spicy elements, the Rioja draws attention to itself, vanilla, oak with a very bitter character, oranges, not very full-bodied or strong
    • Finish
      warm with wine barrel aromas, also a bit sulphurous, for the first time smoke, fine spice and a hint of malt, rather dry with a grassy touch, bitter oak and chocolate hints

  37. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The twisted tattoo definitely has its twist! Don't be fooled by the first impression you get on your nose. The true meaning of this Highland Park only becomes apparent in the mouth and only afterwards with a second sniff. The Rioja barrels are initially too subtle, but then later show that they have definitely added something to the classic HP aroma. I find this gentle mixture of the two flavors quite interesting. At the current price, especially if you are an HP fan, you can definitely get used to buying a bottle.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Highland Park does not stain and so there is a dark yellow with a small reddish tinge as color in the glass. Nice and oily in the snifter. The first impression is interesting and surprising at the same time. There is no trace of the heather aroma that I always associate with HP. I didn't really notice smoke either. Instead, a fresh note of hay begins with a little vanilla and - could it be the peat? - a subliminal smell that cannot be interpreted precisely for me. There is something sour behind that. Could be the Rioja. I really can't see berries the first time I smell them. But something floral, almost slightly perfumed, always floats around the edge of the odor field. On the alcohol side, there is always a fleeting tingling sensation in the nose. So the 46.7% are present and show themselves.
      After the first sip, the hay moves into the background and the nose becomes significantly sweeter and fruity. Now I also have something like a slight peat association and some heather.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Nice and creamy, soft mouthfeel. And now I have the typical HP heather in combination with the peat. Much clearer than first in the nose. Then it becomes chocolatey and spicy.
      The second time it is tried, it becomes much sweeter and fruity in the mouth. The heather and peat in combination make for a nice flavor profile. Compared to the nose, where you initially felt the alcohol, it is very well integrated in the taste.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nice warming finish. The spices and the dark chocolate, now not the super-bitter, but it will be around 50% cocoa, are still present. Peat is still present in the mouth. The twisted tattoo lasts longer.

  38. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful, if tamed, Highland Park. Milder than expected. Nicely balanced in the overall package
    • Nose
      86 86
      Initially boiled potato. But pear aroma, citrus notes and cherries are immediately added. A light heather note and hay aroma. Add a wonderful note of tobacco. Slightly salty. Wonderfully integrated, but subtly fine smoke.
    • Taste
      87 87
      As the first yeast taste, which is immediately covered by fruit (apple, cherry). There is also an almond note. You can taste some mint and tobacco again. In the middle there is also a nice shade of red wine. Minimal medicinal taste and a non-covering smoke note. This Orkney whisky is perilously tasty.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long. So great. Very nice fruity notes accompany the finish. In the end a bit of peppery and pleasant oak bitterness.

  40. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    A fruity, sweet bouquet of red berries can be heard, especially cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Vanilla and a fine cedar wood note are added. I also smell aromas of freshly cut grass and herbs.

    Taste:
    The malt is also quite sweet on the palate. I taste a minimal smoke note, which evaporates very quickly. The twisted tattoo tingles on the tongue and shows mineral and grassy with a subtle herbal note, which I do not find so suitable here (I mean it is thyme).

    Outlet:
    Medium length, fruity with some oak and vanilla.

  41. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 14 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: Gold

    Smell Nose: nectar, yeast, wet dough, floral fragrance (February orchid, wax plum, jasmine and the like), vanilla, cream ice cream, frozen butter block brought by bourbon bucket, sweet and sour fig pulp, and obvious white stubble wood. Lost fat, a little alcohol stimulation

    Taste Palate: orange juice, lemon juice, sweet and sour temperate fruits, dried figs, peach cheese, dried cheese, vanilla mousse, wood, dry biscuits, yeast, heavier bitter base, licorice, Chinese herbal medicines

    Finish: Finish, still a gaseous presentation, orange juice, citrus, grapefruit peel, herbs, angelica

    Body of the wine: light to medium, partly oily, no tannin, obvious bitterness

    Nose: 84/100

    Palate: 85.5 / 100

    Finish: 84/100

    Body: 85/100

    Overall: 84.5 / 100

    Overall: Balance is okay, but it does n’t shine. If the bitterness is reduced, it will be a more pleasant wine

  42. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity; light vanilla; the typical HP heather aroma is also there; Peach (becomes clearer with time), slightly acidic wine note, from time to time a nice honey note
    • Taste
      88 88
      full body; distinct nut; Vanilla; strong oak; the nut becomes a roasted nut (light smoke is added) sweet malt;
      acidic wine note is added with the second sip (slightly drying) all the other components are still clearly noticeable. Great, that's fun; Another clear shot of heather and vanilla, WOW, it rears up again and again.
    • Finish
      87 87
      becoming slightly dry; delicate smoke, still a nutty spice, over time some campfire will come through, but not intrusive. I like that about HP

  43. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-24-2020. (85/87/86)

  44. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  45. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    February 1st, 2020 HH trade fair, August 27th, 2021 from 85 to 86

    Aroma
    Spicy, sherry, some sulphur, citrus, heather, berries, nutty

    taste
    creamy, soft, oily, spicy, little smoke, honey vanilla, sparkling

    finish
    Medium length, spicy round, sweetish, slightly bitter

  46. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant HP, which you can buy for 60 euros. I would not spend more on that, there are much better ones.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla, coconut, the typical heather for HP, light fruits, malt sweetness, black currant, slightly "winey". Takes some time in the jar before it opens. Peat smoke at most in nuances.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy, pleasant mouthfeel. Berries and tannins. The peat smoke is clearer on the palate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Getting dry. Medium.

  47. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and unusual. An atypical HP and the wine barrels can be clearly felt. Is something else.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Unexpected nose. Roasted aromas and gooseberries (currants and blackberries). The wine barrels are quite noticeable. In the background then heather (typical HP) and some lemon.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon, vanilla, but also the wine barrels are recognizable.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry and short to medium long. Too bad, the finish is a little disappointing. The gooseberries are spreading again.

  48. god666 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Very interesting and multilayered dram.
    At the beginning sweet and slightly smokey, especially the bourbon barrel sets the tone.
    The fruity Rioja influences unfold over time.
    It is worth slowly enjoying the whisky, as the smell and taste are increasingly turning to the fruity and flowery Rioja.
    Especially the smoke components are getting weaker and weaker.

    Medium finish.

  49. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. Ed Radour scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  51. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    finishing in rioja cask, or one more singularity in the world of whisky!
    • Nose
      vanilla, red fruits (blackcurrant!), without knowing that there is a barrel of Rioja, we feel that !!
      vanilla, barley cut, a little caramel, some wood, a maritime and mineral side then, fine peat, a little salty
    • Taste
      sweet spices, very strong red fruit, but which does not hold, the smoke then appears,
      lemon, caramel, wet herbs, sweet spices, sweet sensation back
      the fruits are like on a crushed base, it flows in the mouth, like a nectar, a fruit juice, fruits more undifferentiated as the pleasant smell of an apple pie caramelized with cinnamon, brown sugar too but without consistency after ,a little disappointed!
      slight bitterness at the end
    • Finish
      average enough, the scents on the nose and also in the mouth seem to fade into the glass, leaving behind a little lack of taste.

  52. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  53. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The red fruits immediately stand out, raspberries, currants, accompanied by citrus fruits, tangerine, orange peel, on a background of blackberries and blueberries. Woody influence which softens all this, with some sweet spices, cinnamon, saffron. On the palate, wet bark and a light peat blend with vinous reflections. Undergrowth, heather earth, moss. A little bit of tannins but not too much. Relatively long, warm caramel finish. Candied cherry.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/10/highland-park-twisted-tattoo-16-yo.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  54. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Highland park - with all HP family traits but with quite unusual profile due to Rioja casks. The nose is clearly (but not too much) winy, palate is balanced and tasty. It’s supposed to be a successor of the Full Volume but I liked this expression even more despite one missing year. The price is not cheap but seems to be OK for a whisky of this quality.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet, white wine notes, vanilla, yellow apples, butterscotch, a hint of wet chalk, light malty motives, tangerine, very light background smoke and some woody notes
    • Taste
      Medium-sweet, slightly spicy (ginger), tad minerally (wet stones, chalk), blackberry jam, apple pie, caramelized lemon zest, gentle smokiness and light oaky notes
    • Finish
      Medium-long, slightly sweet, slowly getting dry, with some berries jam notes (black currants?), light maltiness and a hint of smoke on the background

  55. butt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  56. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
      IT: 85
      B: 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. Happystone scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Seductive, the berries of the Rioja are present immediately and are well above the wood of the Bourbon cask. Some heather and peat is also there!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Somehow a bit inharmonious, the Bourbon and Rioja fight for dominance, but no one really knows how to convince. Pity!
    • Finish
      81 81
      There is nothing left of the wine, only the bitterness of the wood and the light smoke are noticeable!

  59. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Rioja

    Twisted Tattoo? Seriously? What’s that all about? Anyway, the interesting thing about this HP is the fact that it matured on a combination of bourbon casks and Rioja wine casks. La Rioja is a wine region in northern Spain that takes its name from the Rio Oja. Tempranillo is the most commonly used blue grape for their red wines. As far as I know, this is the first time HP uses this type of cask.

    Well, the bourbon casks have clearly put their foot down. I get the typical notes of grain cookies, coconut, citrus and apples. This is joined by heather – typical HP – and a touch of woodsmoke. Smoky? Nope. After a few minutes I do get some blackberries and some toffee apples. Quite underwhelming, actually.

    It is nicely creamy and sweet, but it surprises me with its flavor profile. The typical HP notes are somewhat subdued due to the blackberries and gooseberries, bitter oranges and something that reminds me of liquorice. The peat now does kick in and makes for a nice smokiness. Midpalate, it turns very dry, though.

    The finish is long and drying.

    Well, this is not my favorite Highland Park, I must say. Does little for me. Around 90 EUR, which can hardly be called cheap.

  60. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      Sherry? Oak, Vanilla
    • Taste
      Apple, Salt, Peat
    • Finish
      Vanilla notes, slighly sweet. Maybe from the sherry?

      ------

      Blind notes. It was a Rioja Wine Cask, close enough.

  61. Dottore scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose is not so bad here, wine, red berries, lots of malt and light fieriness. In the mouth he is too alcoholic, unbalanced and the red wine barrel is not well integrated. I miss heather and maritimes. A pity, I had hoped for more!

  62. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and polished nose, but weirdly thin with spiky barrique tannins on the tongue and lacking almost any discernible HP character.

  63. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    nice nose, on the palate still very nice, but really nice finish - rarely had something thinner in the glass
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  64. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant HP, wine is not exaggerated, I think it's a bit better than the same age Wings of the Eagle. 85/86.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat, forest fruits, citruses, wine, orange peel and vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy. Vanilla ice cream, forest fruits, matured oak, pepper, orange peel and wine notes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  65. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant dram, with some fruity and grassy elements and the winecask does it's job.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Light fruity and grassy, hay. Orangezest, and some winecask influence is present. Not much alcohol in the nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Now a slight hint of peat, some peppers, oranges, honey and some grassy notes, hay.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Still some pepper remaining, wine influence, some orange and honey again. Middle long. Then it's getting a bit drying and some bitterness comes in.

  66. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    17-03-2019, 25-10-2019
    • Nose
      77 77
      fruits, vanilla, oak
    • Taste
      80 80
      fruits, smooth sherry, vanilla
    • Finish
      78 78
      fruits, hint of smoke, oak, sherry

  67. chichibufan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    After some weak Highland Park this is finally a very pleasant and characteristic whisky, well balanced. Lots of red fruits paired with oaky flavours, creamy mouth feel, not sharp and a nice fresh texture in the aftertaste. Not a bold heavy Xmas sitting in front of fire whisky, this lighter and suits to the spring perfectly, so I think it was well planned from Highland Park to release this now.

  68. Kridler scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      The nose is a bit weak at first. Light, light fruits (more citrus) and a fresh biscuit note, alcohol stands out ... For a 16-year-old whisky very harmless in the nose
    • Taste
      88 88
      Here, the HP convinces after a slightly longer dry spell but very. Great berry notes with vanilla ice cream and cream, that was the first moment. Great alcohol content, which does not occur too much but everything was great. The wine barrel has done its job.
    • Finish
      86 86
      great dry oak cargo, the berries are preserved long, medium-long finish

  69. Blackvalfaris scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A very pleasant Highland Park with a surprising taste profile. It is reminiscent of the Highland Park 30 years, but can not keep up with the complexity and taste due to the age.

    A very tasty whisky that deserves the title "good".
    • Nose
      85 85
      You pour the TT into the Nosing-glass and the Boubon barrels are immediately to smell. With the nose on the glass you can notice heather, a fine peat note and a heavy berry scent. Black currants, orange peel and wine, with the bourbon notes always subliminally resonate. The alcohol is well dosed.
    • Taste
      86 86
      On the tongue creamy, soft, peat, from one second to the next incredibly complex and within 10 - 20 seconds everything is gone.
      On the second sip, the bourbon barrel comes with a strong hint of vanilla, the tingle on the tongue and then the weight of the wine.
    • Finish
      85 85
      At the first sip hardly a departure to notice.
      The second sip is different, long and a lot of wood with a delicate, dry bitterness.

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