Originally Posted by ntempleman
Don't think I've actually tried Highland Park, I'll have to remedy that at some point. I think it makes up a decent portion of Grouse which is pretty good as far as ubiquitous blends go, so I'm confident it'll go down well. Who am I kidding, I've yet to meet a whisky I didn't get on with..
Not included in the shot was a decanter newly refreshed with Teachers, I haven't had that for 'kin years and I'm curious to see if it's gone as far downhill as everyone says.
Just on principle, I'm not real fond of blends...I've heard Famous Grouse is the best of them...I like the distinct character of single malts and have always gravitated towards Lagavulin and Laphroig and so forth. I thought HP was a little pedestrian at first. But as I got into my first bottle I realized it was just a matter of refining my sensibilities.
Highland Park is one of the few whiskys...aside from the typical Island whiskys (HP is from Orkney) ...that still uses peat (as opposed to gas or anthracite coal used in many lowland whiskys) for drying the malt and this results in a delicate but definite peat reek that most of the "lawlan"...even some heiland...malts are missing, without the iodine and kelp overtones that the island malts tend to have.
The HP distillery owns their own peat bog that they have been harvesting for 200+ years (and still have more than 2/3 of it left). HP has been named Best Spirit in the World a number of times and World’s Best Single Malt and received a perfect 100 at the Ultimate Spirit Challenge. All in the last ten years.
Of course, the winners were 20 years old or older...more than I can afford. But even the plebeian 12 year old is rapidly becoming my all time favourite.
--Edited by DWFII - 11/18/15 at 6:39am