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Head to Head Deathmatch!!

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Which tastes better?

Poll ended at Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:34 am

Talisker 10
17
61%
Highland Park 12
11
39%
 
Total votes : 28

Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Drammed » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:34 am

Lets get ready to rumble!!!!!!

You know them, you love them. But only one scotch can win. Who will be victorious in this no holds barred deathmatch?

In one corner, representing the Isle of Orkney....Highland Park 12!

In the other, representing the Isle of Skye....Talisker 10!

You decide which is the better whisky. Both have peat, both are readily available, but which tastes better?

Two scotches enter, once scotch leaves. Two scotches enter, one scotch leaves.....

GO!
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby lockejn » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:39 am

Both very excellent whiskies. But I vote Talisker 10 by a landslide. And, it's got 100% of the vote right now :P
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:48 am

I voted Talisker 10 as well but it just edged out the HP 12.

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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby TheTross » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:50 am

No fair! T10 just threw some pepper in HP12's face, rendering the plucky islander useless!

Er, yes, Talisker 10 for me too.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby dramtastic » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:52 am

Not difficult for me.

HP 12 I find nothing special.
Talisker 10 is a mighty whisky!

So it's a 5 second 1st round knockout for the Tali without even breaking a sweat.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby ClubSmed » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:35 am

I have to say that from the 2 times I have sampled it I am not a fan of Talisker 10yo
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I do however love Highland Park 12
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby whiteshirt » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:56 am

Where is the vote for "They are both good"
Drawn match playing extra time, could be a penalty shoot out!!!!
Sitting on the fence here, as I like them both!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:59 pm

I love all my children equally.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Liechtenstein » Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:41 pm

I've never been a HP fan...
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby jazz lover » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:01 pm

I call this match a draw. :smoke:
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Ganga » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:39 pm

HP, HP, HP.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby MoreDalmore » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:40 pm

I love the Highland Park 12 year but can't vote now because I still haven't tasted the Talisker 10.

Seeing the results so far I don't think it will make a huge difference if I'll end up voting for HP12 but it seems I must buy ( or try ) me a bottle of Talisker 10 soon!! 8)
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby johan brugge » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:46 pm

No HP12 for me. It's just a tad too sweet for me.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:15 pm

HP is more versatile...if you don't want to drink it straight, you can put it on your steak.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Liechtenstein » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:54 pm

MrTattieHeid wrote:HP is more versatile...if you don't want to drink it straight, you can put it on your steak.


Does HP Sauce contain Highland Park?! :lol:
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby scotchdrinker » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:30 pm

I have not had the Highland Park 12 but I was not a fan of the Tali 10 at all so I am not voting but sitll wanted to say how I felt :D
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Leorin » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:47 pm

I'm also not a big fan of the Talisker 10, especially when you water it down to 40% Alc. -which is the strenght of the Talisker- you can easily tell which one is the better malt.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby talisker10 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:46 pm

For <$40 HP 12 is a great whisky and a great deal, but obviously T10 is the winner by a landslide.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby jazz lover » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:30 pm

Tali 10 a little bias? :wink:
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Drammed » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:34 pm

Interesting....

It started out all Talisker 10 but Highland Park 12 has started a little comeback. Who will reign supreme? find out in 13 more days.

For the fence sitters, a deathmatch does not end in a draw :P
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:45 pm

Drammed wrote:It started out all Talisker 10 but Highland Park 12 has started a little comeback.

As it should! :wink:

Look... I love both, despite their considerable differences.

However, Highland Park 12 Year Old wins out for the following reasons:

1. Utilization of a proportion of 'home-peat-reeked' barley
2. Overall complexity
3. Consistency of product over many, many years
4. Incorporation of a percentage of whiskies aged in top quality Sherry wood

I've been a fan of HP12 since the early 1980s, and it has provided me with a tremendous number of satisfying drams.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:56 am

For me it depends which has the most in the bottle. Otherwise they are both fine whiskies that remind us that whisky drinking needn't be an expensive hobby.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby borgom » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:21 am

Tali10 for me. Somehow the HP12 usually tastes too young and diluted. I never pick up a Tali 10 and wish I had the Tali 18 instead but I do find myself wishing for the HP18 when I drink HP12. It's probably because I generally prefer more robust and flavourful whiskies.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby talisker10 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:21 pm

jazz lover I am shocked that you would suspect me of bias :D
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Ganga » Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:23 pm

Somehow, I prefer the HP 12 to the 15 and 18. Now the 25 and 30.... :D

I know, I'm an anomoly.

_____

PS. I like these types of discussion. They provide the opportunity to compare the strengths weaknesses of each (relative merits if you will) between two whiskies.

Tali10, you want to continue to do Deathmatches? Macallan 10/12 vs. Glenfarclas 10/12? Macallan FO vs. Sherry? Ardbeg 10 vs. Lagavulin 16? The Beist vs. Oogie? Jura 10 vs. Ledaig 10?
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby talisker10 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:35 pm

Well Ganga, it was Drammed that started this great poll, but I agree it's a great idea. Much better than the lame-%$% polls I came up with.

So I am going to start a couple of head-ons.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Drammed » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:06 am

talisker10 wrote:Well Ganga, it was Drammed that started this great poll, but I agree it's a great idea. Much better than the lame-%$% polls I came up with.

So I am going to start a couple of head-ons.


Thanks for the props guys :iwbrnt:

I did have in mind a few more head to head matches if this one did well. I started the 1 on 1 format as I looked at the other polls and realized there were too many factors to consider when there was more whisky to choose from. With only 2 you are forced to really focus and it provides a much deeper discussion.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Ganga » Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:16 am

I apologize Drammed. Deeper, more focused discussion is good.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby MoreDalmore » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:36 pm

This weekend I bought my first bottle of Talisker 10 ( alongside a bottle of Talisker 18 !! ) so I plan to vote tomorow ( today I drank something else ).

Before my recent bottle of HP12 I would have easily sad HP12 but now I'm not so sure yet......
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Swedish Chef » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:42 pm

HP12. That might change when the snow starts falling and my peat craving sets in but I do prefer Longrow CV and Laphroaig 10/QC over the Talisker.
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Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

Postby Doug1937 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:38 am

I love them both, but I prefer the HP12. I've never tasted a scotch that was as SALTY as the Tally...it's quite unique in that respect (IMO). It's great, but that salt...the HP is much easier on my palate.
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