I find both the 12 and the 15 to be good whisky for it's price, so it will be interesting to see what this can deliver.
Especially since it's around £5 more than the 12YO.
I happen to have an open bottle of 12YO, so I poured me a glass for a H2H.
Is the £5 extra just for the "Gold" on the label, or is it for the E150. Because this is at least 3 shades darker than the 12YO.
Let's get ahead of the action and go straight to judgement:
I scored the 12YO 80/75/77, the Gold is the winner here with 78/82/80.
7 points difference on taste... that's worth a £5 extra.
On the nose they are very similar.
Both are sweet and fruity, lots of banana and honey.
The ABV is the same, still the 12YO is fresher and more expressive.
The Gold has some icing sugar that I can't detect in the 12.
In a blind tasting I would have guessed the Gold to be the older one, it is a little "darker". More wood?
Still I like the fresh nose of the 12 better.
Sweet, caramel, honey, some fruit.
The "darker" side of the nose comes through in the taste.
A follow up of the 12YO feels much thinner.
The composition is close to the same, but the Gold has that little extra, it just tastes more, actually well and true £5 more.
In the finish as well, the Gold shines.
It's richer, spicier, and lasts significantly longer.