Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Bright topaz in the glass, this 12-year-old blend of over 40 whiskies has a pleasant fresh apple and vanilla scent. Polished, versatile and flavorful, look for creamy caramel and vanilla accented by dried orange peel and honeysuckle. - K.N. (Dec 2014)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - (Great Value,Tried & True Award)- Brilliant amber/topaz color offers orange core flashes. Mature, biscuity, salty aromas are harmonious, roasted, candied, bittersweet, bakery-like. Tastes include baking spices, in particular, allspice plus more subtle notes of sea salt, wood smoke, smoked fish, peat, dark caramel. Finish is a banquet of varied, but integrated flavors. (Mar 2015)
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The benchmark Scotch, it has been described as the 'Everest of Whiskies'. A myriad of flavors are revealed in several waves of silky richness, deep and fruity foreground flavors then to drier peaty nuances, followed by tones of sweet vanilla and raisins.