Crieftan wrote:lincoln imp wrote:believe me the 30 is superior to the any of the 25 yr, even the 50.7%,
Not in my opinion. I tasted the 30 at its launch at WL. It was good but compared to the rest of the range it got a strangely muted response from most who attended the masterclass. Perhaps we were expecting something extraordinary and got something ordinary. A bit if a let down. I've tasted it since then and it just doesn't hit the mark that the 25 does. Its been in the cask too long. 18 - 25 is probably when HP is at its best. Some whiskies age longer some don't but for that reason I won't buy a bottle of 30 and with that in mind, I certainly won't buy a bottle of 40. Will I taste it? Of course - if I get a chance! But it will need to be very very good to beat the 25 50.7.
This just goes to show how whisky drinkers palates differ. When i first tried the 30 i thought it was excellent, when i first tried the 50.7 25 yr i thought it was nothing special and it reminded me of Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve only not as sweet?
I certainly do not think it has been in the cask too long. I think the 18yr is a better bottling than the 25yr, though i have yet to try the 25, 48.1.
I wish i liked the 25 better as it would be much cheaper for me as the 30 .