I mean, it's stupid to even think one could compete with the tasting notes on Mongo's blog -- and of course one wouldn't even try.
And since Mongo expends his whiskey energy there, it's stupid to think he has any left for elsewhere. I'm not trying to impinge on that. (See http://myannoyingopi...whisky-reviews/ ).
But I'm sitting here (as a completely admitted non-connoisseur) drinking a Highland Park 12-year-old that I had in my closet, and while I must admit I'm predisposed to like anything coming out of the Orkneys, I think this is remarkably good for an entry-level whiskey: round, full, and with plenty of surprising flavors that jump out at you at odd times -- like, just when you're mentally commenting on the caramel, the citrus jumps out; and then just when you're beginning to take the citrus for granted, you get a dose of very subtle smoke; and then the vanilla; and you know what I mean.
I think I've had tastes of more senior bottlings from Highland Park as parts of flights at Keens Chophouse in New York. But I don't particularly remember them. This whiskey strikes me as an exceptional value, and it makes me want to march over to Keens and try a glass of something better from them (after a nice "mutton" chop).