My buddy was kind enough to bring me two WT 12 YOs back from his trip overseas. Last night I did a little taste test versus a split label that I have and found them very similar, I did find the split label a bit better but not too much. I've struggled with the sensitivity of my palette for a long time now and the one thing I've come to realize is that my wife's is much more sensitive than mine. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me!) she does like Bourbon so she only noses them when I ask her to which is usually these situations. She said that the older split label was much sweeter and had a much nicer nose and also noted that the current 12 YO really sits in your nose a lot more but isn't as pleasant. Basically claiming they are fairly different.
This goes back to my original theory that you cannot simply learn or acquire a palette. Some folks have them (obviously some of the folks here that write extended reviews have great palettes) and some folks don't. It doesn't mean that I do not enjoy the whisky, trust me I do, but I cannot identify the nuances that others might. I would think a lot of others have the same issue as me.
Secondly, what do others think of the current WT 12 versus the new? I think the new one is very comparable to the old, maybe not quite as good but very representative none the less.