It has an attractive tawny colour with coppery hues.
Its intense bouquet shows the character of a well-balanced maturing through oxidation: nuts, spices and a hint of dry fruit and marmalade. In the mouth it is a full-bodied, delicate, soft, velvety and lingering wine. It is a fine, elegant and deeply lingering wine.
NOSE: Complex layers of peaty smokiness with vanilla, tangy rhubarb and hints of leather.
TASTE: Instant peat smoke, lightly spiced with creamy vanilla.
FINISH: Long, sweet and spicy.
Decanter: 98 points
"Quince marmalade on the nose and palate. Refined, soft and seamless with the merest dusting of tannin on the finish. Worthy Platinum Best in Category at the DWWA."
Wine Enthusiast: 93 points
"Always great, this is softer, less intense than in the past. But there is still great richness, and power as well as smoothness, burnt caramel blending well with the spirit, and finishing with its inimitable fresh acidity."
Wine Spectator: 92 points
"Rich, smooth and polished, exhibiting an array of dried apricot, pear and guava flavors that are accented by plenty of apple wood smoke notes. The lush finish surges with mineral, along with hints of peat and ginger cream."