bscepter wrote:there's something i don't like about either, and i can't put my finger (or nose) on it, but it's the same smell/flavor. i realize that they're from different regions, but there's just something "off"-smelling about both of them, both on the nose and the palate.
my vocabulary isn't advanced enough to pick it out, so i was wondering if there's something they have in common. i've heard in other reviews "sulphur notes" and "bitter beeswax." could that be it?
again, i'm a bit of a whisky n00b, but so far my favorites have included:
laphroaig quarter cask
caol ila 12
balvenie double wood 12
and i must say that i enjoy the kirkland/costco 18 yo speyside, whatever it is, though i find it a bit uncomplicated. but it does go down a treat and is a bargain at $33/bottle.
so, anyway - i'm not sure what it is i don't like about the macallan and HP 12's. and it's not like i hate them, there's just something that doesn't click with me.
Ha, I have like the exact same tase as you do. I know the taste that you dislike and it is present in many blends also, including Jhonny Walker, specially the green label. It is like sherry, but it is not quite that. It almost smells like varnish, am I right?
It is funny that I visited Macallan Distillery last year during a trip to Scotland, and I had the opportunity to taste the unaged spirit. The taste is there from day one. My only conclusion is that it comes from the destilation, and not the aging process. Actually, it is a taste that is present, at some level, in most of Speyside whiskies, and not in highlands or Islays.
I would recommend you to try whiskies such as Glenmorangie, Ben Nevis and AnCnoc. These are very sweet whiskies. Glenmorangies tend to be more complex than the other two, but are also generally more expensive.
I would NOT recommend you any Glenfarclas, and the only Glenfiddich would be 15YO.