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Nose: bourbon-like woody sweetness, Christmasy spice like nutmeg, maraschino cherries.
Palate: rich caramel and maple syrup being supported by aromatic (herbal?) peat and smoke
Finish: smokey and sweet, like eating a candy apple next to a campfire
I found this whisky to be very indulgent. The price is expensive, however, I don't feel like I wasted my money. I know that many many will probably disagree with me, but I find the local Orkney peat that HP uses much more aromatic than Islay peat. Whatever your opinion, Orkney peat is definitely unique.
My notes differ from others' in that I don't find this whisky less balanced than the 18 year old. The 25 shares many similarities with the 18. The two main differences between the two that I note are as follows:
1) They both have an initial sweetness but the HP 18 is a more nutty toffee sweetness and the HP 25 is a more rich caramel or maple syrup.
2) The finish on the HP 18 is a more dry smoke and the HP 25 finish has the smoke but with some background sweetness.
Overall, well worth it and if you like the HP 18 like I do, you'll be pleased to discover what 7 more years does.