LCBO pricing... Macallan 18 - $180 (?), HP 18 - $130, Talisker 18 - $100.
I just checked the LCBO website for the price of Mac 18, and it came out to C$245. Gotta be a typo...
The Glenlevit 18 is underrated IMHO.
Also, I don't know if it's a maturation in taste, or maybe because I find myself disliking heavily-sherried scotches a little more than before, but I recently poured myself a dram of Macallan 18 (bottled in 1985), which was - and still is - the most expensive whisky in my collection.
It has always my favorite scotch for the past 2 years. But as I was having the dram, I found myself thinking "boy, this isn't as good as I thought..." It was, well, in a word, too "sweet."
I think this stems from the fact that I find myself more and more drawn to heavily peated whiskies now...
However, I do remember tasting Highland Park 18 at a recent tasting event I attended, and while this isn't what I'd call "smoky" or "peaty" either, I enjoyed it immensely.
Also, I don't know if it's a maturation in taste, or maybe because I find myself disliking heavily-sherried scotches a little more than before
It may be a bit of both. I have always been a big sherry cask fan (not that I do not love a non-sherried kick in the pants heavily peated malt), but I myself have found that I like the Macallan 18YO less recently. It seems to me that in the 80's distillations the sherry is actually competing with the flavor of the whisky versus being "infused" and enhancing the flavor. The 60's and 70's distillations seem to be far more balanced. Again, comments from a novice.
After absolutley hating the HP 18 on my first try, I had a dram this past weekend and it was equally sweet, smooth and smokey. Great whisky!
I almost think that the HP 18 I had the first time was not HP. It was at a very crowded, trendy nightclub and it tasted more like Jim Beam than anything else. Didn't taste anything like the beautiful full-bodied whisky that I had on Saturday.
On my shopping list this weekend is HP 18, Talisker 18, and a couple others (Laphroaig CS, Clynelish 14, maybe a Lagavulin 12yo if they have it!).
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