Deep amber gold.
Intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness.
A rich, dried fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong, barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of peppery smoke.
Huge, long, warming and peppery with a distinch appetising sweetness.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - The luxurious nose offers a melange of sweet baked apples and peaches with assertive accents of smoke, peat, vanilla, iodine, almond brittle, and prunes. The palate is incredibly oily and viscous with its dry nature in tantalizing contrast with its rich (Mar 2012)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Soy sauce, olive brine, peat, honey, oloroso Sherry, brewer’s yeast, bread dough, barley malt and cigar smoke in the bouquet. The flavor that magically includes the innate intense peatiness of Islay malts and the masterly employment of oak barrels phase defines "classy Islay.” Concludes sweetly, without sacrificing the tangy, astringent peatiness that is inherent. Gorgeous.
— P.P. (4/1/2004) — 90-95 (Jun 2006)