| Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points (Apr 2014)
Warm aromas of golden raisins, sweet spice and smokey caramel. The flavors are richly concentrated with sweet caramel, smoked maple, and butter cookies giving way to gentle spiciness. The texture is suede and very smooth. A pleasure.
Wine Enthusiast 96 points (Mar 2008)
Dark gold, verging on amber, in color. An earthy, Oloroso sherry nose, with delicate wafts of smoke and leather. Honeyed heather notes show on the palate, with an intriguing herbacious quality. Malt, smoke and sherry build in the midpalate, while the finish is gently sweet with hints of leather and sherry. Spectacular.
The aromatic profile is assertive yet welcoming, sweetish yet cereal dry, and oaky yet floral and a touch briny; the quintessential 12-year-old malt bouquet. In the mouth, the integrated flavors come in waves of toasted walnut, dark caramel, toasted marshmallow and barely perceptible seaweed.
— P.P. (3/1/2008) — 96-100