I hate to say it, but most people were right when they stated that this bottle needed time to be fully appreciated. I was really let down with the 3-4 first sips, especially when i compared it to its sibbling of 18, but that has changed. I hate to say it but most people are right when they name this scotch one of best entry level 12yo scotch whisky on the market. Besides, and this is of the utmost importance, i am in total awe of the design of this distillery's bottles and labels. Good job Stranger & Stranger!