Nose: Caramel and honey, very sweet smell. Floral notes and slight toffee smell. Little bit of oak as well.
Taste: Floral, leafy, oak overtones. Peat undertones as well as almond. Can also taste the caramel and honey, but not as strongly as the smell would suggest.
Finish: A bit salty and peppery. Nice and hot. Lots of oak in the finish. As a reviewer (I think MJ) said, nice and oily, very substantial.
Overall: Wonderful! My favorite (of the very little I have tried) for a daily drink. I definitely enjoy this for almost any mood or moment.
Again, I am an amateur, but I hope this review was decent, as it's my first. If you guys care to, please comment and tell me if you experienced some of the same things as I did, and how well I reviewed this scotch. Goodness I'm feeling quite warm and inebriated! I'll check back soon
IMHO, the 12yo is nothing special.
With the 18, I get different stuff at different times, among them smoke, sea salt, cedar, flowery highland character, malty sweetness (again reminiscent of other Highlanders).
This is not to say that it's not a great malt though. Very tasty. Reminds me of Christmas-time--like a very toned-down version of Anchor Christmas Ale if you've had it. The holy grail of my collection is my HP25, which has more of all that goodness.
I get citrus, wood and flowery perfume in the nose. Palate reveals malt, honey and seasalt. Finish is warm with vanilla and spice. Salty malt lingers.
I adore this one and I drink it for its mysterious complex character.
But here's what I mean (various notes from the internet):
...milk chocolate, cookie dough, leaf pile, plastic tarpaulin, beach bonfire...
...pipe ash, used pipe cleaners, rotting leaves, charred oak, wood stain, pecan...
...Leafy (vine leaves?), pine nuts...
...nuts, honey, cinnamon, dryish ginger...
...banana, pineapple, melon...
...Creamy, nutty, fruity (mirabelle, quince jelly). Lots of light toffee, cappuccino, Bailey’s (or rather like an Alexander). Lots of strong honey (chestnut, fir). Keeps developing on lavender creme, crystallised oranges, dates...
Fabulous balance of honey, peat, leather, wood, toffee, a little heather, a hint of smoke ... chewable ever so slightly oily roll in the glass. Sublime.
I can't believe I picked this up for 57 bucks. I mean I don;t even want to tell anyone I bought it for that price, but well now you know.
This will have a place among my favorites. I rarely if ever pay mroe than $80 for a whiskey, and generally stick in the $36-$70 range -- so the 25 yr whiskeys I can;t talk about. As such HP 18 joins my other faves:
Highland Park 18
Caol Ila 12
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