For a couple bucks more, you could try Bowmore Legend and see how they compare...?
Edit-- Sorry, I should be more specific. McClelland's is, basically, a generic single malt label used by the Morrison-Bowmore company. Their distilleries include Bowmore, Glen Garioch, and Auchentoshan. I'm pretty sure they own a few more Highland and Speyside distilleries, but I don't know what they are. Either way, the McClelland's Islay and Lowland single malts are Bowmore and Auchentoshan, respectively.
Last edited by boss302; 02-02-2009 at 23:39. Reason: Specifics...
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Morrison Bowmore is in fact owned by Suntory of Japan. The Scotch distilleries they own are Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan as mentioned. The McClelland versions of their product work out to:
McClelland..........Original (all 5 years old)
Highland 12 yo (Sherry finish)....Glen Garioch
Highland 16 yo........................Glen Garioch
Speyside 12 yo.......................
While the exact distillery for the Speyside offerings isn't known there is a very good chance it is Macallan due to Suntory's silent partner stake in the Edrington Group the holding company that owns Macallan.
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I had the Highland Park 18 for the first time last night. I don't know much about formal tasting notes so bear with me as I try to describe my impressions.
Nose : Smells of a field of wildflowers and herbs on an early summer morning: definitely honey.
Taste: seamless integration of sherry, light smoke and something spicy. Nutmeg? Not sure. Very smooth with a viscous mouthfeel.
Finish: Almost all elements of the nose seem to be in the finish as well. Not as long as some bourbons I have had and love but not short either.
All in all the total package just begs for another sip. This is excellent whisky. It will become part of my staple.
Regarding price, I picked it up for around $64. There was a Macallan 18 Sherry finished (Not Fine Oak) there for $185. Someone please tell me that Macallan 18 is not three times better than this HP 18. If it is then I have to find something else to do for a living.
I don't think you can really quantify the quality of a whisky by its price. Some just cost more than others, simple as that. I think The Macallan has developed a reputation which allows them to charge more than most competitors.
I am having a mini of Cutty Sark. This is my first time having it. Well I just finished it, and have forgotten it already
BTW, The Macallan 18 is truely a sensational whisky that is deserving of all its hype!
Incidentally, how is Cutty Sark? I was considering it for a cheap weeknight sipper. Does it stack up well against other cheap blends? Or should I take your comment to mean that it does not?
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