Ultimate Beverage Challenge 97 points - The aromatics are simply beautiful with waves of dried pear, peach, toffee, honey, almond butter, orange peel, and vanilla. Rich and semi-viscous in the mouth with layers of concentrated fruit, malt, grain, and roasted nuts. Perfectly balanced with a dry (Mar 2012)
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).