Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - Spiced apple sauce and baking spices on the warm and inviting nose. In the mouth it is smooth and velvety with a pleasant sweetness up front. Flavors combined caramelized honey, honeysuckle and light roasted coffee for a very elegant flavor profile. (Apr 2014)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Aromas are deep of apple cake, brown sugar and barley. It is leathery and spicy in the mouth, with sweet cinnamon, light coffee, and rich apple butter flavors. Dark and smooth there is a distinct sweet spice profile. Elegant. (Mar 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 95 points - This dark and luscious spirit is made using "high roast” malted barley to coax out chocolate and espresso flavors, then married with other "rare and ancient” whiskies. The end result is a burnished copper glow, intense toffee aroma, resonating espresso, nut and toasty oak flavors and a lingering cinnamon-clove finish. Each sip warms all the way down. A soft, warm spirit in glossy, gift-worthy packaging.
— K.N. (Dec 5/20)