Friday, August 5, 2011
I and the wife invited over a friend of mine and his fair wife for drinks. She drank Italian soda, while I pushed on her hubby, Mount Gay rum & coke, followed by Power's Gold and finally Highland Park 15 years. She watched with some consternation as I delivered my praise for Highland Park 15 with reverence that most people only see on Sunday mornings at their place of worship. In my case, my place of worship is wherever a bottle of HP 15 happens to be. As my sermon proceeded, my friend's wife seemed to grow more worried . . .
"Mike! We are in the presence of greatness!"
or how about:
"God has smiled upon our glasses!"
"I declare jihad on bad whisky!"
With that last comment, our respective wives gave stares that cooled us down, in spite of the balmy weather.
Highland Park is a distillery that is incapable of producing a disappointing dram. HP15 is no exception. And! HP15 really is the summer dram of the Highland Park line-up. It is lighter than the 12 and 18 years old, less popular, but great. Highland Park can't make a bad scotch. HP 15 is simply a magnificent single malt. It screams quality and refinement. It tastes of the signature 'heather' that is unique to the distillery. I always marvel at the quality of this dram. Not for casual drinking as it is quite expensive and simply too elegant for barbecues and ball games. Save this for very good friends and special occasions!
A detailed tasting note of Highland Park 15yrs, which I wrote last year is available by clicking here. Too tired to read a lengthy tasting note? That's ok too. How about the following one sentence tasting note I have just composed?
"Butterscotch, honey with a nice zing of spice. Put simply this is a Coffee Crisp bar, enveloped in fine cigar smoke, in your glass!"
The hang time of these flavors is huge! A finish that goes on forever. Ok, ok, I tricked you. This tasting note is more than a sentence.