Highland Park 12 Year Old (Oddity)
Anyone in the whisky industry knows that each and every bottle of single malt can be different, to get any consistency you need to buy a single cask and then, and only then, will every bottle from that cask be the same (if bottled at the same time).
A normal single malt, such as Highland Park 12 year Old, will be bottled from a mix of casks to give the flavour the master distiller wants, and sometimes some not so great casks may be used.
Danny (@dramstats) from Dramstats got in touch recently after he thought his newly acquired bottle of Highland Park 12 didnt live up to the ones he'd had in the past and sent myself, and others, some samples from it and i would have to agree. There was none of the trademark sweetness i've had before, or since from Highland park 12 and i truely think the quality control on this batch was missing. It certainly wasnt a bad whisky, but it did feel like someone forgot to add any sherry casks to the mix.
My previous review of this whisky here commented on the sweet floral notes which were completely missing from this sample and Danny himself wrote an article on this bottle on Dramstats.
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Sea salt, almost fishy also, like cockles or muscles etc not as sherried as i would have expected, cereal notes and weetabix but i'm really missing the trademark dried fruit that i remember from previous tastings
sweet and smoky, in fact very smoky, i'm not picking up any sherry influence here at all
Smoky with lots of seasalt and seaweed