Re: Balvenie 15, Highland Park 15
Hey, glad to know of another fan, lockejn!
HIGHLAND PARK 15
NOSE: apples, butterscotch, slight peat warmth, poundcake with a bit of chocolate frosting, slightest hint of sherry
BODY: medium, rich, smooth, buttery
PALATE: moderately salty, balanced with slight chocolatey sweetness (dark semisweet honey), the slight warmth of peat, some oakiness in the background with a whisper of sherry and orange behind the oak.
FINISH: long. Salt and small peat embers fade slowly from the tongue, with the brush of oak trailing.
A few drops of water reduce the complexity, though the oak is still evident.
Side by side with Highland Park 12, the 12 is more lively, with more fire, more salty, less sweet and less round. The 12 is a comparative youngster but also a young champion, young alpha male, while the 15 has calmed down somewhat but still has sexy vigor, and the depth and breadth of extra aging.
I think the 12 edges the 15 just slightly, but I find both top notch. The 12 has more of the trademark Highland Park taste and identity, while the 15 has the same father but a more soulful mother. BOTH are delicious and equal to the occasion. I'm glad I bought the 15 and will definitely buy another; you know you want another helping when you keep smelling the bottom of the empty glass!