The title is somewhat self explanatory but let me provide some detail so we're all on relatively the same page.
In my neck of the woods a Macallan 12, Highland Park 12, and Glenfiddich 15 goes for approximately $40 so please take this into account. My $100 is a suburb of Chicago $100
What I'm looking for is a good celebration SM, I'm in the process of buying a new home that overlooks a beautiful golf course and will want to celebrate the closing with a good SM and possibly a cigar.
I've come to really appreciate the Macallan 12. It's so big but it has a fruit-like acidity and wonderful wood smoke finish. I like it and find a new flavor each time I try it. There are things I like about HP12 and the Glenn 15 as well such as the complexity and flavors even though those are lighter in body. What would you recommend? HP18? Macallan 18? As much as I appreciate Islay, I find that the peat smoke stands a little too far out for me and find it distracting. I wouldn't rule one out altogether but I want something more than a barbecued fish with honey all over it
No offense to the Islay lovers was intended.