lucky-shot wrote:Thanks guys, i do agree with TTD highland park and talisker are verygood in 18 form.
Personally, the HP18 I can take or leave - but not much about HP gets me excited.
Talisker 18 - on the other hand - is an amazing dram. Definitely probably tied with Laga 16yo as two of the best regularly available whiskies.
Regarding age: I think it's good to remember the big picture and - as others have said - take into account the exceptions:
First off - something like 90 - 95% of all single malt made goes into blended whisky because it just doesn't cut it as a single malt. And, most of that is a hell of a lot younger than 18yo.
Secondly, of the remaining 5-10%, most of that goes into standard ranges (say 10 - 12yos ) or NAS (No Age Statement) bottles (often in the 8-12 yo range).
Now - I have heard (and remember - this is the intraweb, so it must be true!) that many so called experts feel that whiskies that are suitable for use as single malts - on average - tend to reach their peak at around 17yo. However, 17 sounds much lamer than 18yo from a marketing perspective. Assuming that this is correct (yes, massive assumption!), then whisky starts to go down hill pretty quickly and only the rare and extremely rare casks can hit 25, 30 and even 40 years old...
For what it's worth, perhaps 18yo whiskies are - on average - at a great point in their lives. However, there are so many other variables out there that factor into the equation that it's really hard to tell. Yes, there are some exceptional whiskies on the market in the 16-20 yo range. That being said, i've had 3yo Port Charlotte that's absolutely awesome and 40+ year old whiskies that defy reason with the quality of their spirit. So, perhaps 18yo is the middle of the bell curve? Who knows. I guess though that most of us would say: "Try and then buy what you like" - cheers!