90-95 points and named to 'Top 50 Spirits of 2007' by Wine Enthusiast: "A veritable aromatic feast of maritime notes: seaweed, iodine, pine needle, matchstick and olive brine. The palate entry is full of mint, Sherry, pork rind, bacon fat, chimney soot and rancio tastes; by midpalate flavors of cocoa, coffee, pipe tobacco, chocolate-covered orange, marzipan and vanilla extract proliferate. Luscious and stupendously good."
Wine Spectator: "Peaty. You'll smell the peat immediately, but more rewards await. Honey candy beats out the expected peat on the palate, and when the smoke clears out come red fruit and hard candy flavors, especially with a splash of water. The long, honeyed finish brings bread dough. 57.8 abv. (2/28/11)"
The Tasting Panel: "Toasty, smoky and briny, with heady notes of iodine and tar as well as sweet vanilla. Stunningly complex but homogenous, with lush and beautifully focused flavors. Delicious and completely amazing."