But the profile I always look for in HP is the Honey/Chocolate and in this case 18 is for me the most balanced.. 30 looks to me like the 18 on steroids
The 15 would be my odd duck of the flock. Where do there citruses come from ?!
Enjoyment/price ratio wise *I won't say "quality/price" because imho, the quality is in everyone of them*, the 12 is my perfect everyday dram but the 18 and the 30 always win
My fav would be the 21 though. What a beautiful whisky !
Well nigh perfectly proportioned with a lengthy finish that glows softly.
Now, were the 53.5%ABV edition of the 25 Year Old still being marketed, my decision would undoubtedly be a much more difficult one.
I also think that the price is okay for a 25 year old cask strengh if you compare it to Islay Obs of the same age.
I also like the 12 and the 18 y.o as every day malts but the 25 is something special.
For the record though, my absolute favourite HP thus far has to be a G&M Reserve bottling from cask 5820 for the Dutch market.
Out of the official bottlings i like the 30yr. I have almost finished a bottle and sadly it will not be replaced but for value i would go with the 18.
I am looking forward to getting hold of the 21yr in the future to compare, i have heard its really good and the flavour profile is similar to the 30.
The 12, good enough to drink again if offered for free.
The 16(duty free) undrinkable and I gave away the bottle.
The 18, a huge improvement over the 12 and I'd buy a bottle if it cost $60 less in Australia.
The 30 was the only one with a real wow factor for me, but at AUD$430 even duty free, no chance of buying a bottle without help from the lottery.
It still rates high but a few months ago I bought a 18y and that is now my favourite HP! I also had the 15y and agree with all you here that the 15y is good but lacking in power compared to the 12 and 18.
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