Highland Park Twisted Tattoo 16 Year

Peated Single Malt

Highland Park // Islands, Scotland

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    1. HunterAshton

      Tasted
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
      Sweet and peppery on the nose. Spicy peach cobbler on the palate. Light smoke and bitter oak on the finish. This must be related to the Auchentoshan Three Wood. Cousins. Once removed. (AT)
    2. PERRIN_Adam

      Tasted
      3.75
      3.75 out of 5 stars
    3. Louri1922

      Tasted
      5.0
      5.0 out of 5 stars
    4. Whiskey_Hound

      Tasted
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      On the heels of a good experience with the HP Full Volume, I'm going back to the well for another. The Twisted Tattoo is 16 years old and 46.7% ABV. At $100, the specs are quite similar to the Full Volume. Mix in some Spanish Rioja cask influence with the bourbon casks and that's what we're working with here. Let's get into it. Nose: Creamy vanilla custard and red fruit leap out of the glass. Cranberry, raisin, apple. There's some honeydew. Caramel, butterscotch, cinnamon, and baking spice. Plenty of oak. Walnut and macadamia. Not a lot of peat or brine, but there is a hit of sulfur. It's all good stuff, but the sulfur is a little too prominent. Slight deduction for that, but it's still decent. Palate: There's still a bit of sulfur, but it's drowned out by a much welcome presence of peat smoke and brine. Sea salt. More of the honeydew, cranberry, and golden raisin. Lime and red grape. Heavy malt flavor with caramel, fudge, vanilla, butterscotch, and honey. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and white pepper. Some heavy oak. This is a great translation of the nose; all of the core notes are here, and the peat smoke and briny notes rectify the overly sulfuric nose. Finish: Moderate length, leaning toward short. Honeydew and red fruit. Raisin, cranberry, and grape are prominent at the beginning. Sulfur with some smoke and sea salt. Cinnamon and black bean red pepper chili. It's a spicy one, and reflects a respectable proof. A touch of dark chocolate to balance things out at the end. Finally, more of the nutty and oaky notes. Good stuff. This is a good whisky. The first I ever recall having that's been aged in Rioja casks. Yet, this captures the classic HP spirit. It makes for a nice combination. It's got its flaws, especially on the nose, but it drinks well and checks many of my boxes. This one clocks in right in the range of the HP 15 and the HP Full Volume 17. I give a slight edge to those two, but this is just a hair behind them. And that considers age, price, and proof. If you're a Highland Park fanatic, this is an easy buy. Otherwise, I'd consider this an experimental purchase. HP seems to be making a concerted effort to shed its reputation as a producer of over-priced NAS malts that exploit an adopted Viking heritage. Over the past year, I've reviewed the 12 year CS Riptide, the 17 year Full Volume, and now this. I'm happy to see the distillery adjust to (admittedly deserved) criticism. The Twisted Tattoo is worth its salt, and to that I say a job well done.
      100.0 USD per Bottle
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    6. antmak

      Tasted
      3.75
      3.75 out of 5 stars
      Smells like wood. Tastes chocolatey and peppery. Gets sweeter with ice
      60.0 GBP per Bottle
    7. RobOdegard

      Tasted
      2.0
      2.0 out of 5 stars
      106.0 CAD per Bottle
    8. Jose-Massu-Espinel

      Tasted
      4.5
      4.5 out of 5 stars
      It is very easy to get trapped by Highland Park's marketing. One of my favorite distilleries, with great looking bottles. This time a beautiful black decanter with a red snake (dragon-like creature), which represents Jormundgander, a mythological Snake, created by Loki the norse god of deception. It was said that the Snake was so big, it could cover the whole "Midgard" (our earth) with its tail, and even bite it. Finally, the snake was exiled by Thor, to a sea that surrounds the earth, till Ragnarok, the final battle, occurs. This amazing story just made me more demanding of a nice score for the actual whisky. Highland Park The Twisted Tattoo is a 16yo whisky matured in spanish Rioja Wine Casks. Pretty fancy stuff. Bottled at 46.7%abv, with a nice deep copper color. On the nose it is excelent. Starts with some red fruitiness, like strawberries, marmalade and aromatic peat. Salt, chocolate and a lot of Mint. It feels cold, like the whisky was kept on the fridge. Medicinal, ashy and naphtalene. After a first sip, it revealed a more maritime profile, like seaweed, pepper and vanilla. White chocolate. After a second sip it has become very salty on the nose. On the palate, starts again with red fruits, to turn into white chocolate for a few seconds and then a pepper bomb. It is very peppery, but it has a lot of wine influence, hence the red fruitiness. Mint, this note is the one that marks the rythm of this dram. Aftertaste is lovely, it is the best part of this whisky. It has a lot of tannins, but also salty and peppery. Ashes, cigarrettes, ginger and spanish ham. After a couple of sips, it went full medicinal, like keeping a tylenol on your palate for a few seconds. Lots of mint here again. Overall, this is a nice, a little bipolar dram. Good amount of flavors and fairly complex, bu somehow it feels the palate is just a transition from nose to aftertaste. I think it is good, and interesting, but not my favorite Highland Park. Still, it manages to get a 90 over 100 in my scorecard, so, i believe you should at least try it once in your lifetime. Sláinte!
    9. tflags

      Tasted
      3.75
      3.75 out of 5 stars
      Not a bad finish. The twisted tattoo might not be the most sophisticated Highland Park, but it does stay above their weird experiments.
    10. hartwigcurtis

      Tasted
      5.0
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Very very smokey scotch.
    11. Oscar-Novoa-Gonz-lez

      Tasted
      5.0
      5.0 out of 5 stars
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