I have always thought of Balvenie 12yo as a whisky to be enjoyed in the warmer months due to its distinct orange notes and being generally gentle and sophisticated. It is almost like a nice glass of orange juice with ice to quench the thirst and soothe the throat on a hot day. While Highland Park 12yo packs more of a punch with its higher peat content and warms my heart with the heather sweetness. May I say here it reminds me of a hot choclate on a cold night.
Basically, I believe they are some of the best whiskies to be had in different circumstances. Therefore, it is very hard for me to give a preference to one over the other.
Mike here from Canada. I'm new to the SMS hobby but after buying some Laphroig QC, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Johnny Walker Black, Balvenie 10 & 12 and Highland Park 12, I can see what all the fuss is about!!! My favourite so far is the Laphroig QC...just and astounding taste and long finish. If I had to choose between Highland Park 12 and The Balvenie 12, I'd have to go with the Highland Park 12 as it seems to ave more depth, complexity, peatiness and is less sweeter IMHO. My next buy will be an Ardberg as I've heard great thing about it on this forum. Cheers!!
Yes, the 18 is marvellous and the 15 marginal...not QUITE there IMO.
...but the 12 is great! And never QUITE the same twice for some reason...but always the same elements in differring proportions...love the gentle saltyness and peat underlying the sweetness. some days, first sip reminds me of a Macallan. Other days of a gentle springbank...especially on the finish. for me much more going on than the DW...which I'd never refuse, but I just ain't shelled out for one, or felt inclined to, for yonks...
Thanks for your kind words. I think I've just discovered a new hobby with SMS. Learning about how the SMS's are made, the history and tradition behind them is almost as much fun as drinking them. I've never been much of a drinker but what I like about the SMS hobby is that it's not about getting smashed..... really it's about appreciating the finer things in life. Cheers!
Collector57 wrote:HP12 for me.
Doublewood is maybe one of my least favourite Balvenies.
I love the Founders, the Single Barrel and the Roasted malt.
Now I'm going to have to pour a DW to prove it to myself, so I may be back later with a revision,,,,
How was your DW?
At first the waiter had no idea so I had to ask a few times. But they did bring a dram for each person Also got a little card with tasting notes.
I was having a spicy Thai and the whisky just seem to magnify the spice and the heat and I couldn't really taste the whisky! So not a great first impression, but I may well buy the 10yo since its on offer at Sainsburys (see supermarket deals) and give Balvenie another try.
Collector57 wrote:Willie JJ wrote:Newbie wrote:C57 - you seem like a man with good taste so I will take you up on your recommendation of trying the Founders Reserve
He is a man with good taste and I would agree with him that the Founder's Reserve is a splendid dram (hence affirming my own good taste ). The DW is fine too though. I wouldn't walk past either of them lying unattended on the bar.
Yes, I may go for the FR, but any Balvenie would be unsafe left alone in my company.
Do you think there's a Register for people like me?
Nick it's called the Balvenie Members Club. They'd love you.
Collector57 wrote:They already do Les!
I thought you probably had. I wonder how many of these distillery on line club things there are. Obviously they are used for emailing new products. I bet there are quite a few scattered about.
Clearly, the HP would be my last gulp.
But I also second the view that the Doublewood fits in better during the warmer months compared to HP.
I guess given that in general I prize honey and sherry flavours over peaty ones, in theory I should say the DW. But it would be close.
mikeymad wrote:HP 12 over the DW12 almost everytime
...I agree totally with this statement.
Now, were one to ask me to compare Highland Park 12 Year Old with the original issue of Balvenie Founders Reserve (that came in the sloping bottle and that predated the distillery's decision to market the DW and FR whilst simultaneously scaling back the Sherry cask influence of the latter), my choice would be an extremely difficult one.
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