Colour: Rich amber
Nose: Complex, with distinctive butterscotch, sherried fruit and peat smoke aromas.
Flavour: Big, full-flavoured, with excellent balance, develops slowly, full of sherry sweet malty tones, and a touch peat smoke.
Finish: Long lasting and smooth, with a hint of spice and sherry sweetness.
Malt Advocate 90 points - Weighty and deep. Instantly seductive: vanilla pod, rich fruits, the smell of fur coats. A femme fatale of a malt. A base of crisp malt mixes with oak to give balance and structure. Water brings out apple leaf, even a little grassiness. The palate is broad and balanced, with real sweetness and a tongue-coating quality which softens to dried fruit, earthy density, with a whiff of smoke. Redolent with the aroma of a dunnage warehouse. A class act.
(Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - (Tried & True Award)- Deep copper/chestnut brown color. Rich, luxurious aromas abound of sherry, prunes, cocoa, treacle, cake frosting. Taste profile is oily, creamy, sweet, honeyed, and totally charming in its candy shop splendor. Finishes complex, concentrated, harmonious. A model of malt whisky in its prime. (Mar 2015)
Nose begins with a sweet apple pie giving way to raisins and spices as the aroma settles in. Presents a complex nose worth the time to enjoy. Palate provides an oily texture immediately presenting you with the warm body where the alcohol is clearly present. The complexity reveals a predominate orange zest followed by oak flavors. The finish softens to a long warm oak with hints of smoke and oat flavors.