Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander
Hoping for some advice here from those of you guys who have more experience...I want to have a nice rounded collection at home, I was introduced to Single Malt with Balvenie 12 (think the double wood) which I liked, and got two Islays as gifts this year (the Bruichladdich 12, which I like and the Port Charlotte Peat project which is gonna take some getting used to, but a drop of water opens up nicely) and then went out and bought a Laphroaig 18 which I LOVE (smokiness is just awesome). I have about $150 in gift cards I'd like to spread over two more bottles, one of which I'd like to use on the Balvenie Caribbean Cask and maybe the other an HP. Do you guys think these would be good choices considering what I want them for (to get a nicely rounded collection)? Which HP could you recommend and what are the differences between the 12 and 15 or 18 HP? Or am I missing something that every collection needs? (I should mention I have a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 as well)
Thanks in advance.
With $150 I would get HP18 and Balvenie Caribbean Cask if you are set on the Balvenie and want to get a HP. All the HPs are pretty good, but I think that the 12 and 18 are much better than the 15.
If you aren't set on those two, given your tastes, I'd get Lagavullin 16 and Springbank 10.