Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - (Tried & True Award)- Lovely deep russet/tawny color. Smells of toasted malt, dried fruits (raisins, prunes), candied nuts, orange zest, dark honey. Flavor features a rich, chewy, viscous texture that underpins tastes of maple apple, baked pears. Finishes toasty, slightly peated, juicy. (Mar 2015)
Wine Enthusiast 95 points - This dark and luscious spirit is made using "high roast” malted barley to coax out chocolate and espresso flavors, then married with other "rare and ancient” whiskies. The end result is a burnished copper glow, intense toffee aroma, resonating espresso, nut and toasty oak flavors and a lingering cinnamon-clove finish. Each sip warms all the way down. A soft, warm spirit in glossy, gift-worthy packaging.
— K.N. (Dec 2011)