Named to the Spirit Journal's '140 Best Five Star Spirits in the World for 2011 (#10)': "What can I say other than I love this supple, fully integrated whisky blend because it displays its Highlands' malt core from start to finish. Most importantly, its age is at the sweet spot for Scotch whisky. JW Gold is that rare constructed whisky in which its innate power is in ideal harmony with its elegance. The equal measures of strength and grace never cease to astound and impress me at a primal level of enjoyment. Yet another SjHoF candidate. The ideal antidote to single malt snobs. (Jun 2011)"
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "[$85 list] This amber blend of 15 whiskies, each aged at least 18 years, yields a mellow, balanced mix of sweet caramel, raisin and smoky notes, all lingering and pleasing. Serve chilled, possibly as a dessert pairing. (Sep 2011)"