So, I have been thinking about getting either HP 12, Talisker 10 or Scapa 14. Which one should I get and why?
I feel like I'm leaning towards the HP 12 because I've heard it is a really good all around Scotch and has characteristics of all regions.
Thanks in advance for the help!
Without an indication of your preferences, but based on what you have tried I would guess that you would enjoy the Talisker 10 and the HP12. I would suggest you try either one of these.
I have not mentioned the Scapa as it is not a whisky I have liked and I would choose a dram of the the other two long before I would consider the Scapa. If you like the Oban, you might also find Clynelish 14 to your taste more so than the Scapa. That said, each of us is different.
I'm a big fan of Islay so far. Love Laphroaig (10, 15 and Quarter Cask) and Laga 16. Oban 14 was super smooth and delicious. Wasn't a big fan of Glenlivet 12 and Glenfiddich 15 was pretty boring. Macallan 12, I didn't care for it much at first, but after adding a few drops of water, I started to appreciate it more and more. I should say I tried all of these neat except for the quarter cask, I add a few drops of water to that as well
The HP is said to be a good alrounder as it has aromas like peat, honey and sherry combined. I like the 12 y.o. HP very much. For me it's a good everyday dram and an old faithful.
The Scapa is the least smoky of those you named but it is good whisky as welland if you want to try it you should buy a bottle now as it is no longer produced and will disappear soon.
HP12 was the first SM I started with and it was instant love. Having explored little more of the SM world, I must say islay malts have knocked HP 12 down a bit. It is a good all round whisky as they say. Talisker 10 is very good, but I guess I haven't spend much time with it. My initial preference would be for HP 12 ahead of Talisker 10.
Like you, Glenlivets haven't yet swayed me. I too found Maccallan 12 a bit boring at first (I drink always with about 1/5th of water) and later started adding a single cube of ice instead of water and enjoyed it.
At the risk of going the familiar way, you could try the other islay biggie Ardbeg 10. I am thoroughly enjoying it after an initial trouble with its medicinal taste.
aherman205 wrote:I think Ardbeg 10 will be the next purchase. How would you compare it to Laphroaig 10? I'm a huge fan of Laphroaig 10.
You will doubtless hear comparative positives and negatives vis-a-vis both of these whiskies from many here, as these two characterful whiskies do tend to evoke rather strong reactions and preferences.
Personally, the Ardbeg wins out. Why? Well, for one, the vanilla input from the oak is less intrusive, and this allows the intrinsic traits of the spirit to shine through more clearly. I also love the quality of the fruit aspect, which, for my taste buds, oscillates between tart pineapple and sweet lemon. The peat reek, pronounced as it is, possesses less of that overt vegetal (think kelp) quality of the Laphroaig smokiness, and, rather than coming straight at you, tends to weave its way in and out of the other flavours. A very fine whisky, all told.
But when it comes to drinkability you can't beat the Laphroaig 10 in my opinion.
I do always have both a bottle of Ardbeg Ten and one of Laphroaig 10 open and there is no bottle that I have to replace as often as the standard expression of Laphroaig.
The bottom line is, you got to have both
I need to try Laph 10 CS or Laph 10. Some seem to prefer it over Laph QC. I see more nods for Laph 10 CS over Laph 10. What do you think?
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I think I marginally prefer it to the QC! And both to the 10...
P.S. Nick, more notes on their way to you, but may take a couple days. Hectic weekend over here...
Reggaeblues wrote:I think I marginally prefer it (CS) to the QC! And both to the 10...
I'm in this camp as well, as I prefer the full-on flavour impact of the cask strength approach to the more oak-laden demeanour of the quarter cask finishing.
I guess I would get Laph CS if I come across it. Laph QC is definitely going to be a permanent member of my collection anyway. At the rate it is being consumed, a replacement bottle be needed sometime soon.
then Talisker 10 because of the pepper and smoke strength
then scapa 14...
Were you talking about Scapa 12, I would have swapped the last 2
unless you could get a hp18
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