Novice Scotch Fan wrote:Thanks Irishwhiskeychaser for the recommendation. Actually, I am already familiar with Dalwhinnie and I am a big fan of it. If HP 18 is similar to Dalwhinnie and JW Gold in terms of smoothness, honey and balance then i think i will be very happy.
I have picked up a bottle of HP 18 for $81 here in Canada. It's not cheap, but if its good, i have no problem with the price. I intend to have a taste this weekend.
Again, thanks for your input!
I can't speak for the JW Gold, but in comparison to the Dalwhinnie the HP 18 is, to my mind, both much richer and smokier. Although in the HP the smoke lurks in the background (much more so than in the 12, in my opinion), while rich honey and heathery sweetness dominate on the nose. The mouthfeel doesn't betray the nose, and the richness of both honey and heather devlop with a sophisticated peat prodding them from behind. The finish is long and really full, and I often get a sort of creamy oakiness (or an oaky creaminess!) right at the end.
From what I can remember, not having had any Dalwhinnie for a couple months, I found a certain cereal note on the nose coupled with faint but fresh berries (raspberries perhaps?)--the HP 18 lacks these flavors. Also, there was honey on the palate but not nearly as smokey or rich as in the HP. And maybe I'm crazy, but I often noticed an almost minty coolness on the finish that seemed also to bring cereal and oats back into the mix.
These are just some impromptu tasting recollections/comparisons--perhaps others can share theirs!
They're both good whiskies. The HP 18 has a nice rich body, while I think the Dalwhinnie has a freshness that actually makes it a really nice drink during the dog days of summer!