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    Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    OK, let it go a little longer than needed and it did get close, but by vote, this month's Foreign Whisky of the Month is Highland Park.

    I am definitely interested in hearing about why some like this one so much as I don't see a lot in the range that really interests me. I want something with more proof on it, and I may wrong but seems most of the standard releases are 40% or 43% at the most. Maybe I need to get a Loki, is that sold here in the states? ... And admittedly I prefer peat.
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    Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    My first reaction to HP12 was, "If I wanted a flavor profile like this, I'd just drink bourbon." It was sweet like bourbon, and the slight smoke hit me as bitter and off. Of course, my palate has evolved hugely since then. I think I've heard the 15yo is the best bang for your buck in the lineup. Perhaps I'll take one home with me shortly...
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    At $80ish until recently, the HP18 was a buy for me. I prefered it to the 15. It is now typically $100 or more so not as quick to buy. I like the balance of the sweet with the light touch of smoke but then I am not a super peat fan as a general rule. The 43% ABV of the 18 as compared to the 40% of the 12 and 15 could perhaps be a bit higher but I haven't found it to be lacking in flavor. Has been a while since I have had the younger ones.

    The special editions they do haven't really done much for me. The Valhalla Collection (so far Thor and Loki with two more to come) is available in the US but seems terribly gimmicky to me. Probably good whisky but $200+ for a chunk of sculpted wood and 15/16 yo whiskey at around 100 proof just didn't appeal to me.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    HP18 is excellent. Definitely in the Top 10 whiskies I've ever had. It has the sherry and peat, but they are in the background and in balance. It's not in your face at all, very laid back and dangerously drinkable.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    My only experience with Highland Park to this point has been the 12 year. Very good drink, in my opinion, though me and my friends had some fun with the blurb on the back of the box... it (the blurb) seemed a bit over the top at the time but now having read the backs of other boxes, maybe it wasn't so much.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    The 43% ABV of the 18 as compared to the 40% of the 12 and 15 could perhaps be a bit higher but I haven't found it to be lacking in flavor.
    All the 12 year olds I have in my bunker are 43% ABV. Do explain.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    Quote Originally Posted by The Boozer View Post
    All the 12 year olds I have in my bunker are 43% ABV. Do explain.
    In some markets the HP12 is 40%, in others (Canada for example) it is bottled at 43%

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    It's 40% here, or was the last time I checked.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    It's 40% here, or was the last time I checked.
    I would think it would be 43% in the USA because the version we have here in Canada is the 750ml - afaik bottled in this size specifically for the American market - and we have it at 43%

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 07/2013: Highland Park

    I don't doubt that and don't know if it's regional or what but the bottles on the shelf in the store closest to me are 40%.

 

 

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