Photon wrote:As much as I like the others (caveat - have not had the 16), I think the 12 is my favorite.
I agree in a way Photon. Eventhough I prefer the 25, I think for the money you pay and what you get you can't beat the 12 either. I would happily replace the 12 but maybe not the 25 because of cost as it is between 150-200Euros in Ireland if you can get it.
My favorite affordable HP is a Whisky Galore '94 11yo UCF. It is much peatier and smokier than current OB HPs but still retains some heather and honey character. It is more like the old 12yo that I prefer to the current one (or my tastes have changed and I just _think_ this 11yo is like the 12yo -- it is impossible for me to tell now).
Has anyone else tried this HP?
I must say that the so far the 18yo is a firm favourite - not only compared to other HP expressions, but allover as well.
But still - I will have to make a point of trying out some other OB HPs....
Kevin over at scotch blog has just published a piece on HP. - interesting information on the sherry/bourbon proportions.... which I think is quite surprising
merritt wrote:I voted for the 18. Still my favorite HP, if not my favorite single malt. But for all you Toronto residence, I purchased the HP Hudson's Bay 15 year old malt from the Summerhill LCBO and its the strangest HP I've ever tried. Big Wood, Big Smoke, Big Peat, but in the end its really really Sweet. It has a huge honey flavour. And the longer it sits, the bigger the Honey. At $135, I highly recommend it.
Has anyone else tried this HP?
I haven't tried it. I saw it in the store and was quite tempted but passed as HP is not a real favorite distillery of mine (don't know why). Alas there are just a couple of bottles listed in inventory, both of which could be phantoms so it appears I lost my chance.
[Of five bottles opened on St. Patrick's Day (DTC Glenugie '81 23yo, DTC Glengarioch '88 17yo, Whisky Galore HP '94 11yo, Sig. Ardmore '92 11yo, G&M Ardmore '90 14yo) the other four bottles are long gone but the HP is still half full even though I quite like it. Just doesn't fit my mood as often as the others, it seems.]
I have had the pleasure of tasting the HP Hudson Bay 15 yo and quite liked it. Reading your posting made me regretful for not buying a bottle. I can't find the thread, but if I remember correctly, the Hudson Bay bottling was discussed on the forum around Spring 2005. That is the time that I sampled it anyways. In my tasting notebook, I jotted: golden colour; peaty, sherry, aromatic and mellow. But, I also noted a dry finish.
Hey Harry: I'll swap you an almost full bottle of the Laphroaig 10 for your 1/2 bottle of Whisky Galore HP'94 11yo! In my camp, I am sadly eyeing the last of that dram!
Wendy wrote:Hey Harry: I'll swap you an almost full bottle of the Laphroaig 10 for your 1/2 bottle of Whisky Galore HP'94 11yo! In my camp, I am sadly eyeing the last of that dram!
Just had another dram a moment ago so it isn't quite half a bottle now but I'm sure we can work something out I'll try to leave it alone now
Highland Park 25 years, 40° 70cl, 1952 -1977, bottled for the Queens Silver Jubilee by Gordon & MacPhail
followed closely by
Highland Park 8yo, 40%, bottled mid '60-ies, G&M "OB-label" (long, 'normal' bottle, plain brownish label)
With all due respect...the current range of HP is a very enjoyable range of drams, and I do agree with most posters on this: The 18yo is very enjoyable. All in all though, I do feel that HP lost some of it's feathers over the last 5 years or so... seems as if they toned down a bit... made them "lighter" in body...?
I'm talking rubbish, most likely but those old dinosaurs I quoted earlier are in a different league altogether...
bamber wrote:HP OB rankings:
2 30yo (based on 1 dram)
3 25yo (based on 1 mini)
4= 16yo / 12yo
I have to agree with this - although I haven't tried the 16yo.
I was lucky enough to attend the HP masterclass at whisky live last year when the 30 yo was first released. It was IMHO better than the 25 yo. The 18 is still a very unique whisky though. It seems to stand out time and time again.
If I were in charge of HP, I'd be very happy that so many OBs continually attract such interest and debate
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