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I bought this 1 liter bottle of HP12 at the local supermarket. I have had the bottle for about 6 months and have completed 60%. Upon tasting this afternoon I found it more enjoyable than previous experience and thought I would write a review.
With time I think the nose and taste have become more subtle and complex. My appreciation for this whisky comes from its ability to seamlessly combine almost all the major category types of whisky on its own unique terms. Regions, distillers or models of whisky may express themselves as combinations, representation or counterbalances of floral, medicinal plants, fruit, vanilla, spices, sweet, smoke, peat or brine. The HP 12 has hints of all of these, they can be picked out an analyzed individually on days like today; or they can be appreciated as the sum of the whole when one is less mindful.
Color is amber-brown. I poured this tasting into a tumbler (no Glencairn available here) and let it air out for about 20 minutes. Initial the nose presented as one dimensiol and acetone, this has subsided and become much more complex. The dry season has started and the fan blows tempting hints of dried aromatic herbs (lavender, sweet basil; heather); vanilla; sherry sweetness; very ripe solo papaya; cocoa beans that have been fermented, dried and are now being grilled; freshly opened bag of black licorice; slight hint of gummy candy; honey; aromatic smoke; a very light hint of band aid like peat; and, a pungent pickled salty brine at the end. Time to enjoy.
Taste Thick, syrupy, fizzy, oily, mouth feel that rolls luxuriously around the palate. I really like the smooth mouth, there is no bite or burn just a little bit of spicy tingle. The flavors from the nose can all be found on the palate. On the front of the palette I get sherry sweetness with some ground white pepper spice. Mid palette I taste salted grilled cocoa beans; white honey from eucalyptus; and some anise. At the back of the palette I get more of the salt brine and bitter herbaceous (non woody) aromatic smoke.
Finish Luxurious oily mouth feel and rich sherry/ honey goodness stay on the midpalate for several minutes fading into very light band aid peat, smoke and heavier salt brine.
Balance Very lovely and simple but complex whisky as I mentioned above the balance of all the flavors is probably the greatest quality of this whisky. The nose and palate are in alignment. The sherry sweet cocoa influence flow seamlessly into the salt, brine flavors and aromatic smoke flavors with only a hint of peat.