Well it is a big, fat no from me because this is rubbish, I can`t believe this is what the distillery passes off as the opener in their core range these days.
I know it is only £25-£35, so many will say "what do expect for that sort of money"?
What I expect is something worth opening to be honest, this is just manufactured, sickly sweet, coloured and caramelised crap, it is awful. I must be honest but I was struggling to call this whisky, it tasted more like one of those dreadful 30% whisky liqueurs.
Does Highland Park really think this sort of putrid offering is the sort of thing to lure in people new to whisky, if they do. well they need to re think their strategy because I would rather drink gin than this.
The reason I am having a rant is because it was Highland Park 12 year that got me started on my whisky journey over 20 years ago, HP 12 back then meant something which was a quality, tasty dram at a reasonable price and something that could be relied upon for quality.
Highland Park management, you should hang your collective heads in shame for trying to pass this vile oversweet, tasteless and soulless whisky off as a quality dram, you have gone the way of Macallan but. at least you are a bit cheaper for your base offering I suppose. This makes Laphroaig Select look like a quality dram and Laphroaig select is rubbish too.
I got the Dragon Legend bottle when it first came out, I need to buy another one to see if they have reduced the quality in that one too.
WTF Highland Park, just WTF are you doing?