quote:Originally posted by Board-O:
I find the Highland Park 12 and 18 to be boring. I don't get all the fuss about them, though they seem to be modestly priced. In that price range, I like Balvenie, Laphroig, and Bowmore.
I think the Balvenie is a more direct comparison to the Highland Park, and I agree, it is a much better drink. Jumping up a scale, the Balvenie 21 Port Wood is, in my opinion, one of the greatest readily available whiskys.
The Laphroig and Bowmore are both great drinks, but I prefer to pony up a few extra bucks and get the Lagavulin 16. Absolutely perfect on a cold winter night...that is when a quality vintage port isn't around.