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First, I was torn between the aberlour 18 and the HP18. I've decided to go with HP18 because I've heard so much about this whisky being considered as one of the best whisky out there. Suppose to be very balanced.
I had this with a couple of friends yesterday after having some Rum. Which turned out to be a bad idea, I think. Because the scotch tasted very off. Now, it could've been that it needed some time to open up, like some reviewers were mentioning. But it had this burnt rubbery taste at the end that was not pleasant. It was actually pretty difficult to drink. But I did not give up on this scotch.
Took it to the super bowl party tonight and shared with some of my buddies, and tonight HP18 was a different beast(in a good way). It didn't have any of the burnt rubbery taste, instead I got a pleasant peat smoke that I was expecting.
It was a golden amber color in the bottle. Nose of sweet toffee, brown sugar, ripe fruits in the front and hint of peat and some smokines . On the palate slight sherry, toffee, hint of butter scotch, more peat than the nose indicated, with a long smokey finish. Very good whisky indeed. It does everything very good with balance and finesse.
I feel that having a sweet rum before the HP18 made my first tasting very unpleasant. How much can a whisky change in one day?? Anyways I'm very glad about this purchase and will be enjoying the rest of the bottle.