Highland Park 18 -- love it; my favorite so far
Balvenie 15 - like it, find it easy to drink, not memorable
Glenmorangie Burgundy Cask - also easy to drink, good for guests who are "new" to whisky, but not something I'd buy again
Bowmore 12 -- didn't like...tasted OK, but nose was "fishy" to me; very disappointing since many have told me I'd like this.
Macallan 12 - also didn't like..too sweet? I'm not experienced enough to know exactly what I didn't like, but again, I was surprised since many have told me this is a classic
Glenlivit - hated it -- too crisp? short finish? too light weight for me.
In terms of blends, I like JW Black, did not at all like Dewars -- to sharp or crisp? Did not like J&B. Am thinking of trying Suntory Hibiki next, also has been highly recommended.
All suggestions welcome - though I guess it wouldn't be too bad if I had to drink HP 18 all the rest of my days.
Might I be so bold as to recommend a cliche? If so then I can think of far worse whiskies than Talisker; peated, not overly sweet and quite big bodied. Not to mention peppery, so if pepper is an issue for you then steer clear!
If you don't like peat then I also agree with the Yamazaki recommendation. However, I found the 10yo to be a little too light so the 12yo might be a better choice if you can get it, although it's sherried and thus a little sweeter. Not tried the 18 but it's supposed to be fantastic.
Springbank might also be an option, as they tend to be quite chewy and big bodied. Some expressions can be quite briny though, but that doesn't translate to 'fishy'. Try the 10yo, although the 15yo is my favourite from the standard range.
I need more practice to understand the different tastes since I was wondering if the "fishy" smell of the Bowmore to me was peat. Am happy to hear that it's not.
Will definitely try the Talisker, the Cragganmore, the Glenfarclas..all suggestions sound terrific. Will keep checking in.
Drammed wrote:Dalmore 12
if you like the peat level of HP 18
I was going to recommend these same two! Dalmore is more mellow than HP, but has a lot of similarities. Talisker steps up the peat a bit, but doesn't go into the iodine and tar of the Islays.
If you follow the advice and try some Dalmore 12 I think you should try to get a bottle of Damore 12 Black Isle which also has some smoke. Clearly less than the HP18 but more thant the normal Dalmore 12.
But I think it may be too sweet for you overall ( certainly the normal Dalmore 12).
Or you may try Lagavulin 16; this is my latest purchase! Much more peat than HP18 but very enjoyable. I did not taste Talisker myself yet but it's on my wishlist for my next purchase ( Talisker 18 to be precise ).
Most expensive bottle I've purchased at over $100, but worth it. Delicious!
Just a note: If you are not too keen on the overly sherried, would not suggest the Glenfarclas.
Alternatively, why not try an HP single cask from one of the Independent Bottlers.
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