Originally Posted by TheEtherMan
The 18 is also outstanding, but (gasp) I think I prefer the youthful edginess of the 12 over the 18. The 18 also is pushing the limits of cost that cause it to lose out to better whisky, at least on my shelf.
When I bought my first bottle of HP 12, it came with a sample bottle of the 18yr. I found it good, very similar to the 12yr. In fact, it was like the 12yr without as much flavor (if I remember correctly). Because of this it was indeed smoother, but I like the character of the 12yr better. Of course, perhaps it is the sticker price that bends my opinion!