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    Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    I'm considering investing some of my 'hard earned cash' into a bottle of HP.

    Is there a huge difference in the flavor of the 18 vs the 15? What is your opinion?

    There is a huge difference in price. About $50.00 here.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Alden I've had the 12 and 18 and did not find the 18 to worth the substantially higher price. Can't speak for the 15 though.

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Alden I've had the 12 and 18 and did not find the 18 to worth the substantially higher price. Can't speak for the 15 though.
    I enjoyed the 18 much more than the 12....and the 25 was the best whisky I have had to date. The 15 I have not tried.

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Alden I've had the 12 and 18 and did not find the 18 to worth the substantially higher price. Can't speak for the 15 though.
    Yes, the 12 is quite affordable.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiskyToWhiskey View Post
    I enjoyed the 18 much more than the 12....and the 25 was the best whisky I have had to date. The 15 I have not tried.
    Well, there you go, conflicting opinions.

    Need some more opinions on this, please.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Also, is this one heavy on the peat?

    I really don't like a heavily peated scotch.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Highland Park is not heavy on the peat. (On a scale from 0-9 with 9 being ultimate smoke think 3-4 compared to Laphroaig at 7-8. Though different animals, think Johnnie Walker black label. )

    The key difference between the 12, 15, and 18 year old expressions is the cask selection. The 12 and 18 use a relatively high proportion of European oak ex-sherry casks, whereas the 15 uses high proportion of American oak ex-sherry casks. The two different types of oak (robur vs alba respectively) contribute some different characteristics to the whisky
    Last edited by portwood; 04-26-2013 at 16:38.

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Oh I certainly enjoyed the 18 just addressing the question of value and didn't find the 18 worth the difference.

    Highland Park is not as heavily peated as the Islay whiskys but it is definitely in the Northern Highland style, it is in fact the most Northerly located distillery in Scotland I believe. They've been in business since 1798 and know how to make whisky. My tastes run toward Speyside malts and if you also favor them HP is perhaps one you should taste before buying.

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    I'm very partial to Scapa, which comes from the Orkney Islands. I thought that was the northernmost distillery.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    I'm very partial to Scapa, which comes from the Orkney Islands. I thought that was the northernmost distillery.
    HP is on Orkney as well, and slightly further north.
    Jim

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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    HP is on Orkney as well, and slightly further north.
    Oh so they are both from Orkney. For such small islands they sure make some fine whisky.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

 

 

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