Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - 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. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - 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 (Mar 2008)
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Heather-honey sweetness; peaty smokiness. Rounded palate with smoky sweetness and a full malt delivery. The finish is teasing and delicious with heathery notes.