The jury is still out for me.
I've tried and certainly experienced a bottle of 17 that was overwhealmingly perfumey, and like actual fragrance, the taste and aftertaste was very bitter (don't ask, I was curious ok!?).
I'd not even heard of the unfortunate WHP reference until after my experience with the 17 when I went searching the internet for an explanation to this strange taste sensation.
FHP exists, it's just a shame the term describing the taste is so vulgar, 'tis funny though (come on people let's not be too serious
I've also had a bottle of 12 that I thought was quite poor, certainly not sickening like the 17 but not at all enjoyable. Too much fiddling and caramel in my humble opinion, it was very dull tasting with no finish.
At the moment I have a Hart Bros 10 (ex sherry cask) open and it is a world apart from the 2 OB's. It still has some floral/potpourri elements and on warmer days it even has some quite odd slightly old oily fish elements but it is still fantastically enjoyable. In fact it's super salty allure has convinced me I need a dram right now.
I'll reserve judgement until i've tried a 10 ex bourbon and some older IB's. I'll probably cave in to curiousity and buy another OB at some stage too.