N: Oily and woody with the smell of distant cow pats wafting gently on the light warm summer breeze. Some cleaning detergent here, bleach maybe, creasote and a touch of salt. The nose is like watching a fish tank - consistent vista but with small and fascinating movements from time to time, a moving picture on the nose, fantastic.
T: Sweet, thick, woody arrival… stays bold…. then becomes more creamy, woody and then smoky, oily, a touch of brine and big vanilla notes.
F: And theres more - more oil with wood spices building [pepper and wood], sweeter caramel/toffee creams. Now concluding itself as a creamy, malty, caramel finisher with smoke appearing with water.
C: A nose to spend time with and a long long development. After a long journey its a pleasant simple finisher. A better finish would make this HP a sensational malt.
Scores a B+
I prefer it to the 18 in many ways and had a chance to compare the HP18 straight after:
HP18 - N: New make spirit! - Bananas and pear drops, a touch of sherry wood - so young compared its older brother, Oily, briny peat but over shadowed by the remnants of the HP21. T: Weak arrival - gentle sweet wood spices which then flattens out further. F:Woody vanillas and citrus. C: Amazing to compare the 18 and 21 so directly. The 18 here comes across as sweet and tasty but a non-event in comparison to the 21yo.
Scores a B
[TWE Show sample Oct ’14]
N: Delicious bourbon and sherry combo with vanilla, salt and grit - good stuff
T: Thick, malty sweet and salty but its a mild mouthful
F: Milky sweet
C: Another good HP batch
Scores a B