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New Highland Park “Vintage Editions”for Global Travel Retail

February 19th, 2010

I received a whisky-stained press release in the mail while I was on vacation. The “Vintage Editions” of Highland Park single malt whiskies will become available in Global Travel Retail in April.

They will initially consist of four different vintages: 1998, 1994, 1990, and 1973.  Prices range from €46 for the 1998 vintage, to €750 for the 1973 vintage.

I received small samples of the three vintages in the 1990s. And yes, the press release was stained because two of the three samples leaked. I’m not sure if I have enough in the bottle to do a formal review (I’m getting replacements), but I wanted to let you know about them.

According to the release: “The differences between the expressions lie in the extent to which first-fill or refill European and American oak casks have been used; as always, maturation completely influences the color and complexity of each whisky. The 1998 and the 1990 Vintages emphasise the smokier notes, while the 1994 and 1973 highlight the sweeter characteristics.”

3 Responses to “New Highland Park “Vintage Editions”for Global Travel Retail”

  1. mongo says:

    john, did you ever get to re-sample these? i’m curious about the 1998 vintage in particular and am wondering if it would be woth asking friends passing through duty-free this month to look for this on my behalf.

  2. John Hansell says:

    I have them, Haven’t reviewed them yet. I’ll see what I can do, even if it’s just an informal review.

  3. mongo says:

    thanks! much appreciated.

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