Any One for a Scotch? - Page 134
Well now that's just crazy talk. Are you saying that you prefer the 12 to both the 15 and the 18?
But it does reinforce that beyond the presence or absence of outright technical flaws, everything is subjective in this pursuit.
Then a lot of the older core expressions probably won't turn your crank either. Congratulations, as you just saved yourself a ton of money!
That said, you might give the G&M Speymalt bottlings from 1988/90/91 a try. Still tons of Macallan character but not as soft. If you're looking for bite, the undated Cask Strength might also be up your alley.
I really like the 15 yr old French Oak but if you didn't like the 'buttery' finish of the 12, I can't imagine you'd like the stronger oak character.
No, the 18 is far superior, but I like the 12 more than the 15.
Don't forget: age statements are not always indicative of quality or superiority. There are several scotches where the younger whisky is superior (or sometimes even more expensive!) than the older whisky. Lagavulin 12 comes to mind, on both counts.
There is definitely a sweet spot, value- and quality-wise, with many scotches. I think the HP 12 is very good. I was not blown away enough by the HP 18 to buy it (solely because of price), but it is a fine whisky. I have a bottle of the HP 21 (original 47.5 ABV dutyfree) that I love, but at its price I would rather buy the HP 18 and something else. See? Clear as mud.
Yep - I think I said something to this effect about the 25 yr old Macallan a couple pages back in this thread. I was commenting specifically on the HP, where I think the 15 and 18 are each significant steps up. The 30 yr old is nice, but I think I prefer the 18. Haven't had any in between - wasn't the 21 bottled only for duty free stores?
I don't have much knowledge of cognac, but I like the bottle of 25 yr old XO Francois Peyrot in my cabinet. Anyone here tried Tesseron? They seem to be the latest small house to generate buzz.