Ultimate Beverage Challenge 97 points - (UB Collection,Chairman’s Trophy,Tried & True Award)- Pretty topaz/sienna color. Assertive bouquet is long on deep, dry, and concentrated breakfast cereal fragrance. Taste profile offers baked cherry, strudel, pastry, yeasty notes. Luscious, viscous delights await. (Mar 2015)
It is a light nose, almost bourbon-y with vanilla and honey, and some malt in the background - some what damp and a little rubbery somehow. Water brings out some caramel, which adds to the bourbon comparison. But the taste is definitely deeper than the nose - you can taste those 18 years in the oak, it's very rich. Again, it is reminiscent of bourbon with vanilla, yet still very clean (again, that sharp triple distillation).