Highland Park 16-year-old - Twisted Tattoo

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
Rioja Seasoned Wine Casks & 1st Fill Bourbon
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L0053B L04 31/01 09:56
Added on
25 Mar 2019 3:26 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 102.43

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

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.35 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    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.

  2. Blackvalfaris scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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.

  3. 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

  4. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Much too expensive, very unbalanced malt.

  5. 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!

  6. wisekycourse 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.

  7. 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!

  8. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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


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