Originally Posted by BoxcarBill
perhaps it was heat damaged?
Thanks for the idea,but I'm not sure I would be able to recognize that fault. I'm pretty good with wine faults but don't know whiskeys.
I found out that sending the remaining bottles back to the UK will cost more than $250. I sampled the whiskey again last night after sampling a bit of Balvenie 2x 17. For my tastes, the off batch of HP 18 was the more enjoyable drink.
So, while distinctly not as enjoyable as all past bottles of HP 18 (and there have been scores), I have decided to keep this batch, though there might be some HP18 Xmas presents from me this year
On the positive side, this off batch prompted me to start reading this forum which has further prompted me to decide to start learning about tasting single malts !