quote:Originally posted by JohnHansell:
Have you tried the Yamazaki 18? While I think the 12 is nice, I REALLY like the 18. A lot more depth. Better than many scotch whiskies.
Redbreast 12 is a classic Pure Pot Still Irish--you can't go wrong there. Ditto Highland Park 18--a benchmark Single Malt Scotch.
I haven't had a chance to try the Yamazaki 18, but will probably pick one up soon. I recently picked up a Bruichladdich 20yr Second Edition, another Balvenie 21yr Portwood, and an Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 32yr. Alas, if I keep buying, the wife won't be too pleased.
I agree with respect to the Highland Park 18. Amazing scotch, especially for the price. I love the power, richness, and balance of flavors. I find the honey and toffee really balance out the smoke & peat well.
I may be in the minority, but I can't stand scotches that taste only like you're sucking on an iodine soaked ashtray (yes I'm looking at you, Lagavulin 16yr & Laphroaig 15yr). About as spicy & peaty leaning as I can take is a Talisker 10.