So I ended up with a bottle of Highland Park 12. And I must say I'm glad I got it. Really really enjoy it. The others that were suggested will be considered for future purchases. Pretty much everything you guys mentioned they had at Binnys. The peatyness of this actually balances really nicely with the other flavors. This bottle will not last long. I can tell already.
Good call on the HP12. My first bottle of Scotch was a Laphroaig 10yr after having it at a tasting and loving how different it was from anything I'd tasted before (although if you "like" peat but don't "love" peat - that might not be a good first bottle). I like to think of HP12 as a "gateway Islay" dram - enough to either get you interested and want more, or tell you not to cross that bridge
Gary (aka 'Country')
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." - Mark Twain
"Because Whiskey Matters!" - David Perkins
My fist scotch was gifted to me and it was Highland Park 12, as well. All I could think was, "Wow, this tastes like great mezcal."
Wait there's such a thing a "good mescal"??
Yes, apparently, something to do with the used Bourbon barrels it's aged in.
We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.
Nothing to do with any kind of barrels for the ones I like to drink. Try some Del Maguey Chichicapa if you have a chance.
That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…
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