First round at L’ile Noire, and… well, you remember how in the Highland Park 12y review I said I was saving up my pennies for the 18y? I’m not anymore.
There’s nothing out and out wrong with the scotch, and if you weren’t familiar with the 12y you’d probably enjoy it. But it doesn’t taste like the 6 year age difference made all that much of a… difference. If anything, it has lost the youthful vigor of the 12y without really replacing it with anything.
Me: flowers nose, honey, soft finish
Katherine: cinnamon, spicy, sweet, caramel
The upshot is, there’s not much point in spending more money on this than the 12y.
Try it? If you haven’t yet, sure. Buy it? Meh.