The initial aroma is sweetish, winey and oaky; aeration allows the aroma to expand to include marzipan, treacle, molasses, honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon and cocoa butter. The palate entry is sweet, creamy and assertive; at midpalate the flavor becomes intensely nutty, buttery and bacon fat-like, with the beginnings of rancio. Remains one of Speyside’s standard-bearer 12 year olds.
90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2008)
Deep amber color with crimson hues. Incredibly rich aromas of fruitcake, toffee, dates, roasted nuts, with a hint of cocoa powder and other spices. Rich and thick in body. On the palate, there are evolving notes of chewy toffee, ripe fruit (oranges, golden raisons), chocolate covered nuts, multigrain toast, and polished oak. Long, soothing finish.
92 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 12, #1)
Deep golden amber color. Aromas of creamy, salty nougat and baked golden raisins follow through on a silky entry to a dryish medium body with buttery caramel, dried cherry, and wood spice notes. Finishes with a peppery, grassy river stone accent with lingering persistence.
91 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Apr 2009)