Just had Highland 12 for first time and I really liked it. It was a pretty long night of drinking, so perhaps my taste buds were skewed. I was actually sipping balvenie 12 all night until they ran out the switched to Highland.
Anyway, I really liked it and noted that it tastes similar to Lagavulen, in that it had a thick, smokey taste. After a little research, my observation doesn't seem to make sense, being that one's an Islay...and Highland apparently isn't known for being smokey (or petey).
1. Are my taste buds f'd up?
2. Is Highland slightly smokey/petey, and only after drinking Balvenie, did it seem extremely smokey?
3. Help sort out the confusion!!