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I just put over $100 of my hard earned money down on the counter of the liquor store last week for a serious dud of a whisky: Highland Park 18.
Yes, I know, HP 18 can be absolutely heavenly when at its best.
However . . . the bottle in my house at the moment is absolute SWILL and not even as good as some HP Twelves that I've tasted.
I realize that it sometimes takes a bottle some time to "break in" as it were. The level is down about two inches on mine. Believe me, it's not improving.
Two months ago, I tasted a glass of HP 18 at The Branch in NE Portland that was cracking, absolutely cracking.
Not so with the bottle I paid for. I am VERY disappointed and VERY frustrated with HIghland Park distillery.
Shame on you, Highland Park, for selling such an uneven product! For shame! This bottle is not worth half of what I paid for it!
Nose: Wet moss, red dirt, stale butterscotch, cottage cheese, cut ivy
Palette: cheap rye bourbon, sweet caramel, sour cream cake icing, over oxygenated and tired 12 year HP gasping its last mortal breath before giving up the ghost and coming back as a zombie.
Finish: Short, unsatisfying, more of the palette. Blah!
I've been ripped off and I'm not afraid to say it. I will NEVER buy another bottle of HP 18 again, ever. This said, I think the 12 year HP is quite reliable. However, I will not buy a bottle of that for many years to come. Highland Park is now on my "do not buy" list for swindling me out of $104 of my hard earned money.