After reading the many polls and questions around here, I noticed a marked preference among members of this site for Highland Park, especially the 18 year old.
I had had a bottle of the HP 12 a long time ago, and I remember liking it. Looking for a cheaper alternative to my Macallan 18, and encouraged by the overwhelming preference for HP 18 that I've seen here, I decided to try it, since, at $59, it costs less than half of what Macallan 18 costs ($115) at my favorite shop.
I'm on my second day with HP 18, quite a few drams of it by now, and I must confess that, for my taste, there is no comparison. The Mac 18 is an all together more memorable drink that leaves a deep and lasting impression on my palate, and overwhelms my senses with intense flavors. I actually got to compare the two side by side, since I saved the last quarter bottle of my Mac 18 for that.
I find HP 18 rather lacking in depth. The flavor is pleasant, but sort of superficial compared to Macallan. I find it light and sweet, without much of a "kick".
Maybe this is the wrong comparison, maybe I don't know anything. I certainly don't know much about the technicalities of SMSW, all I know is that I've been exploring this liquor for a couple of years now, and I've had quite a few of all the popular ones already, full bottles of more than 15 different whiskys, and yet, I keep coming around to the same one.
I kind of envy you folks that have the ability to enjoy different whiskys on different occasions. It's fun to research and seek and discover, but I find that, given two different whiskys, I'll only care to drink whichever of the two I like best, and I can never like both the same. So as long as a favorite is around, I won't take more than a sip of something new. I guess I just want to be blown away every time, not just pleased.
By now I've narrowed this down to just a couple of malts. For sherry, my all time favorite: Macallan 18. For peat smoke, Lagavulin 16. And that's just about all I need in my cupboard.
It takes away the adventure of discovering new malts, I know, but every time I try that I end up thinking: "not bad, but I'd rather be drinking ... (one of my favorites) ... I wish I had spent the money on that instead".
I've also noticed the resentment held towards Macallan around here because of their pricing policies and other issues. All I can say about that is: I too hate the price, but love the liquor. And whether there are better malts at lower prices, well, that's definitely a matter of opinion. I just tried one of the most highly regarded 18 year old whiskys around here, and truth be told, if I could give it back and pay the difference to get a a bottle of Macallan 18 instead, I would in a second.
Let's all stop buying Macallan for a year, to see if we can make them lower their prices.
Oh God! NO, NO ... WE MIGHT PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS!!
Last edited by anajulia
on Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:09 pm, edited 2 times in total.