Apologies to Highland Park
I can't find the thread, but we were listing our favorite and least favorite bottles and labels, and I mentioned how I didn't like the Highland Park bottles or labels. They looked less tasteful and classic to my eyes for some reason. I think it's the contrast of the black labels with the brighter colors in the middle. For some reason the labels screamed "Early Times Whiskey" when I looked at them. It didn't help that I had tried HP at a very busy nightclub and it tasted like Canadian Mist (I've come to the conclusion that what was in that botle was not HP in any way).
Anyway, I've come to see the error of my ways. I've spent some time with both the HP 12 and 18 whisky, and I don't care if it came in a plastic Nyquil bottle; this is a great whisky. As a beginning SMS drinker, it was the peat of Lagavulin and Laphroaig that caught my attention. Now that I've branched out a bit, I can appreciate the heather and the honey, as well as the peat. that means there's room on my shelf for Clynelish and Balvenie Double Wood as well as the Islay peat monsters.
So this is an apology to HP and the person in the thread who defended HP from my egregious attacks. Forgive this novice, I'm still learning.