Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Deep burnished yellow/gold color. Aroma is moderately sweet-and-sour, walnut-like, prune-like, more fruity than grainy, and deeply impactful. In the mouth, the taste explodes on the tongue in dramatic flavors of black raisins, cherry preserves, and dates. Lovely from start to finish. (Apr 2014)
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).