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Highland Park 16-year-old - Twisted Tattoo

Overall rating
85.33/100
votes
103
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
Barcode
5010314307837
Added on
25 Mar 2019 3:26 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 93.83

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103 × member ratings

309 × in collection

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

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.33 points

  1. 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

  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. Happystone scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. butt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. robain scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

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

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

  10. 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!

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