Appearance: Full golden, clear and bright
Nose: Aromatic smokiness with a hint of camphor
Palate: Rich, initially sweet developing into a dry smokiness
Finish: Rich, long medium sweet then medium dry
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - Gold hue. Smoke, peat, ocean spray and a hint of herbal sage exude from the nose. Smoke follows through on the palate along with a taste of dried mushroom and a hint of chocolate. The texture glides, and the palate offers spice, dried fruits and a note of rose petal. Spectacular. (Mar 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - The nosing passes find lightly toasted malt notes along with wood, sawdust, distant mint, and light caramel—not the most expressive Highland Park bouquet. The palate entry highlights the maltiness; at midpalate the taste becomes sweeter and honey like complementing the grain/malt base. Finishes assertively with the spirit underlining the honeyed sweetness.
— P.P. (12/15/2006) — 90-95 (Dec 2006)
A smooth single malt with a light floral flavor and a smokey finish. The notes of camphor and peat balance beautifully with the flavors of citrus fruits and flowers.