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  1. #21
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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    Alden-

    The HP12 & HP18 I've tried did not have the typical Islay peatiness as exemplified by the likes of Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, et. al. It does have a pleasant honeyed smokiness that is very well balanced. I went back and did some more digging and even though some of the malt used by Highland Park is peated to 35-40ppm, the resultant new make is about 2ppm (need more supporting references for backup, but here's one for now):

    http://whiskyscience.blogspot.com/2011/02/peat.html

    In short the answer is "NO", HP does not have the Islay peaty flavor profile.

    [EDIT] - Please ignore my initial post regarding peating levels as that was an incomplete picture of the mashbill.

    Also, this is slightly OT but found some interesting videos about Orkney Peat put out by Highland Park:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnW6F6co_G8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJWrvBK-DsI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjjbJm86w0I
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    Re: Top Shelf Scotch - Highland Park 18 VS 15?

    When you enter the world of single malts you have to realign your value radar since it is so much more expensive than bourbon and rye, at least here in the U.S. HP I would agree is not heavily peated at all, but it does have a smoky character. I actually find the nose of Knob Creek Single Barrel to be reminiscent of HP 18..

    In my opinion HP 18 is in another league than the 15 or 12, it is heavenly stuff. Now whether it is worth the difference is up to you and your pocket book. About twice a year I splurge and get a bottle.

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

    Thanks guys. Smoky honey heather sounds heavenly.

    I will try a bottle of the 12. Maybe later I will move on to the 18, we'll see how the money goes.
    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?

    This is a pretty good primer for single malts for a beginner.

    http://www.squidoo.com/Malt-Whisky-Buyers-Guide
    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?

    I have only had the 12 so I can't speak to the question....you might consider these reviews:

    http://whiskyreviews.blogspot.com/se...=highland+park

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

    Are they allowed to keep Scotch on the "Top Shelf"?
    "You can't claim to have been drinkin all day if you don't start first thing in the mornin."

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

    I picked up a bottle of the 12 today, for $49.95.

    I'm waiting till I can sit down and really take my time before I crack it open. Maybe not till the weekend the way things are shaking out this week.
    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?

    I've had the 12, 15, 18 and 25. For the money the 15 was clearly my favorite. Yea the 25 was amazing but I can buy multiple bottles of the 15 for what the 25 costs. I'd buy the 15 and put the rest of the money towards attending a Whiskey Festival where you can taste multiple things - either the SMSWA Extravaganza or Whisky Live or WhiskyFest. The "investments" I've made in attending those events have more than paid for themselves in the whiskies I chose not to buy.

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

    I really like the 12 a lot. Very complex and earthy.

    When this one is gone I might try the 15, but then again, I might just get another 12!
    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?

    I only drink scotch older than me. So when I turned 30 I had to graduate to the 40 year HP, which has put a major strain on my finances.

 

 

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