I would go with the Balvenie 21yo Portwood. It is a wonderful, solid whisky that unfortuntely is a bit overpriced now. I like the HP as well, but it is much cheaper and you can always pick up one of these on your own when you have some spare cash. I confess to not being a great fan of the Aberlour (but I've only had #6, #11, #14 batches and never a full bottle).
I have not been thrilled with any of the fine oak Macallans I tried (though I have not had the 30yo).
Personally, I would like to recieve the Balvenie more than the HP but that is because I like the Balvenie 21 more than the HP 18.
Gosh, if it was for me and due to the paucity in my region of Canada, I'd pick the Balvenie 21 yo Portwood first. It's a lovely dram and worth the money in my mind. As an alternative I'd select the Aberlour A'Bunadh CS as I've got one each of batches 13, 14 & 15 and am waiting for 16 to show up on the radar.
Hi MP: FYI Last Tuesday night when I was at the Summerhill Tasting Tower the Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 16 was available for sampling. To ease your pain, not one bottle could be found on the shelves. I haven't been back since so it may be a different story.
Wendy wrote:... FYI Last Tuesday night when I was at the Summerhill Tasting Tower the Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 16 was available for sampling. To ease your pain, not one bottle could be found on the shelves. ...Cheers, Wendy
Pain, what pain? Agony more like. If I'd been able to come to Toronto Whisky Live, I might have had a shot at trying a batch 16! Woe is me. Musky Pete
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