Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - Intense, yet enticing, aromas remind one of orange-glazed duck, roasted apple, dried dates and cinnamon. These lead seamlessly into the palate where dark-roasted coffee beans mingle with game meats, burnt earth and dried apricot. Very deep and complex finish. Chairman’s Trophy
The smashing bouquet features delightful notes of toasted wheat bread, oatmeal, black raisins, trail mix, roasted chestnuts, bacon fat, sweet butter, ruby Port and prunes. Entry is peppery, moderately sweet and smoky; midpalate features succulent tastes of dark chocolate-covered cherries and strawberries, honey and smoked nuts. Finishes elegantly and clean, with deft traces of smoke and cocoa.
— P.P. (12/1/2008) — 96-100 (Dec 2008)
Two whiskeys are matured for 16 years, one in a bourbon barrel and the other in sherry, and then they are married together in a sweet port-infused cask. Has a sweet, nutty nose, and a warm port sweetness that develops into an almond/marzipan fusion with hints of honey and praline.