Vanilla, floral, a little zest. It has a bit less honey and is somewhat sharper than the 18 year old, which I could have probably told you without nosing it.
Fresh and lively. Malty, bready, citric, sweet.
Starts off with some surprising winegums, then settles back into a very uncomplicated sweet and bready finish. Not as peppery as the older sibling and I'd say a bit shorter as well.
The transition 12 to 18 feels very logical here. They're in line with each other and there aren't many surprises. This is one of my favorite solid, entry level, core range bottlings and as I've said before, the value of the 12 (at less than half the price!) is much better than the 18 even if the big brother does everything a little better.
82 / 100