Dark copper color. Compact aromas caramelized whole nut, molasses, and spicy dried fruit chutney follow through on a very soft entry to a dry-yet-fruity, oily medium body with anise,brown sugar, and pepper spice notes. Finishes with an exotic peppercorn, roasted grain, and cocoa accented fade. Elegant and deliciously styled.
95 points, Beverage Testing Institute (May 2010)
Finished in first-fill sherry casks for two years. My feeling on any whisky finished in a different cask is this: it should give as much to the flavor profile as it takes away. In this instance, I feel it has, and more. It’s not as nimble as younger versions, but the sherry, along with the extra aging, contributes a silky texture and a richer, fuller dimension to the whisky. I can still detect some of the peach, vanilla, tropical fruit, and honeyed malt I enjoy in younger expressions, but its key flavor components are toffee, honey-dipped citrus, red licorice, chocolate-covered almonds, and fig, along with dried spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, mint tea) that emerges on the palate and peaks on the finish. The flavors are seamless and elegantly balanced.
93 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 17, #4)