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 - (Great Value,Tried & True Award)- Straw yellow appearance. Nose is vibrant with light peat, malted milk, breakfast cereal, seaweed, salted fish, pearl onion scents. Flavor offers a banquet of maritime treats, from sea air to salt, in addition to bakery tastes of bread dough, yeast. Classic island malt CV. (Mar 2015)
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)