Originally Posted by jwise
I find the Highland Park 12yr is nearly as good as the 18yr, and a much better value. It is definitely something I would recommend, as it will stretch your comfort zone a bit, but not over the edge (like a Laphroaig, or other true "Islay").
The Balvenie expressions are all worth exploring. I have tasted the 12yr Doublewood, 15yr Single Barrel and 21yr Portwood. I have a 14yr rum cask that I am anticipating tasting as well. The 21yr is the best whisky I have ever tasted. It is pure deliciousness. I just bought a bottle (see "I finally splurged...") and cannot wait to open it and drink it with friends next week.
The Glenrothes 91 is a delight to drink. I appreciate the Special Reserve, but the '91 is head and shoulders better.
Of all the Glenfiddich expressions I have tried, it is the 15yr Solera that I find the most palatable. The rest are garbage.
I definitely plan on trying the Balvenie 21 - its my next purchase. I'm curious if you prefer it over Macallan 25?
As for the 'Fiddich, do you really consider the 30 garbage? I ask because this is on my short list. I do agree that the 15 is surprisingly good for an inexpensive dram.