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Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo Review

24th May 2019
Review of the Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo.

Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted TattooHighland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo is a marriage of oak casks seasoned with Spanish Rioja wine – 153 casks in total – with whisky matured in 70 first-fill bourbon casks. The result is Highland Park Twisted Tattoo 16 Year Old.

Tattoos are a vital part of our cultural heritage today so the name of this whisky alone should perhaps help the whisky find a market.

Tattoo's tell the world who we are, without saying a word. In collaboration with Danish tattoo artist and modern day Viking Soul, Colin Dale, Highland Park has created the bold design for this whisky, which celebrates the tattoo. Colin’s intricate design is inspired by the free-flowing Nordic knotwork found on Viking wood carvings and reflects the Norse legend of the Midgard serpent, which grew so large it twisted round the Earth to grasp its tail in its mouth.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet vanilla and little heather honey enthused with a lovely enticing fruitiness - a mix of peach and apricot and a touch of red berries. Just the very gentlest smoke lurking in the background.

Taste: The vanilla and honey from the nose leads with a barley sugared edge and a dusting of pepper, followed by peach and a little sultana fruitiness and just the slightest touch of HP peat smoke.

Finish: Sweet vanilla and heather honey linger long into the finish before bowing out to to leave some very gentle peat smoke, a touch of liquorice, cinnamon and a little ginger and there is a little drying oak to remind you of the 16 years it has spent maturing.

Comment: The Spanish Rioja wine has certainly added its twist to this Highland Park, not a big in your face twist but enough to offer us a different Highland Park, but do HP fans want this kind of different, still an enjoyable dram which I would be happy to pour at the end of the day but it could have done with some more Highland Park peat smoke in the mix as it was too gentle throughout.

SMW Score 83/100

Bottled at 46.7% ABV, the Highland Park 16 Year Old Twisted Tattoo has a RRP of £80 and is now available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Shop

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