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Highland Park 18 Year Old

The 16 yr old could be better...

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@mattbergReview by @mattberg

24th Mar 2011

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No doubt about it the HP 18 is a great whisky...rich, flavorsome malty and sweet, but after trying the 16 year old I think I actually prefer the younger stable mate. It's slightly smoother with a gossamer texture, lighter and not so thick and treacley... curiously this whisky works better for me either with the 21 yr 47% or the 16 yr 40%.... anyway I will enjoy my bottle of 18 yr and probably revert to the 16 long term.

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@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Do you mean the 15 year old, instead of a 16 year old?...I wasn't aware of a 16 y.o. HP, and a 15 y.o. is available in Ontario (though strangely, no one has reviewed it here yet).

8 years ago 0

@mattberg
mattberg commented

No definitely the 16 yo, I tried a 5cl bottle recently but am wondering why nobody has reviewed it here. The 18 yo is good no doubt but it's just a little too thick for me, the 16 yo is lighter on the tongue and not so malty. I had the same feelings about the Laphroaig 10 yr cask strength and the quarter cask.... perhaps younger whiskies suit my pallet, saying that, the HP 21 yo at 47% is probably the best whisky I have tasted, luckily you can still get it here in London in 5cl bottles.

8 years ago 0

@mattberg
mattberg commented

.... The 16 yo was produced for the duty free market so not widely available in regular outlets and was discontinued in 2010... I'm going to grab a bottle from the Whisky Exchange and make it last...

8 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Thanks for the education on this one @mattberg...I had no idea about the 16 y.o. because of its limited existence. Will you be doing a review?

8 years ago 0

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