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No need to introduce the HP 12 here, it is a classic as it sets a high standard for all other entry level bottlings. Many claim that they are not what they used to be and lament about the good old days. But I still think this is one of the greater whiskies available at a more than reasonable price and if the quality has diminished over the years those early bottles must have been divine. I don't care too much, yet, about all the other HP products like the collectors Valhalla series, but you will always find a 12 yo in my cabinet.
Nose: a whiff of peat, oranges and very subtle smell of sherry. Taste:again the oranges, smoke, but not too strong more like a smoldering fire, honey and some floral notes Finish: fairly short, woody but spicy, definitely some rough grind black pepper in there
Overall just a great whisky, widely available at a great price, shame on you if it doesn't has its spot in your cabinet