A very popular highland dram, with a big sherry presence alongside sweet citrus fruit notes and a faintly detectable whiff of brine. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Needs more cask influence to calm the alcohol that is somewhat detached and sharp on the tongue.Frankly, I am surprised it has a 12 year label as it tastes more like a 6 year old. I take it with ice to calm it down. Its a pity OP can't five it a bit of their 17 year-old magic. I suppose you get what you pay for!
- Johnty B, 20th February
Considering that my Grandmother was born & bred in Wick, this was an absolute must for me. My first ever taste of malt (as I usually drink blends) and I must say this is such an easy-drinking one and amazing value for money too!
- David Abram, 10th February
Deliciously flavoursome - sweet & enjoyable to share with your very best friends ,
Well worth a visit to the distillery too !
- Ian Wallace, 2nd February
You must add a drop of water to this. It transforms it into one of the best. Underated but I would not hesitate to recomend it. It is very well made.
- Johnny Norfolk, 24th Jul '13
This single malt stands out on many levels. Great value. Great provenance. Great uniqueness of character. And of course great aroma, taste, texture and finish. What would it be like at 43 or 46%, un-chillfiltered and non-caramelized (E150)..? The mind boggles, as it is already, despite all the branding, a whisky that magically stays true to its provenance and just delivers time after time! And oh, yeah, another of it's great strengths is the consistency, bottle after bottle, year after year...
- anonymous, 16th May '13
Bought my first bottle a couple of weeks ago based on decent reviews and when I tried it I was quite disappointed, finding it a bit bland. Now the bottle has been open a week or so and after sampling again I was pleasantly surprised. I still found it light and delicate but it's a distinctive malt and I would love to try the 17yr and 21yr next.
- The Colonel, 4th Apr '13
Big sherry presence? This whisky is matured in ex-bourbon casks. Great dram for the money though. just wish it was given a craft presentation.
- Mike Barber, 24th Mar '13
Clean and zingy, very fresh. Some peat but also honey and nuts. I did get a little of the salty brine flavour but certainly not unpleasant, for the money I doubt you could pick up anything as complex as this.
- Matt, 13th Feb '13
Bought this on a whim as I fancied a change from my usual (Laphroaig QC) so glad I did, this is a brilliant dram for the money with such a unique taste. In this price bracket im yet to try anything that compares.
- JC , 3rd Jan '13
Absolute perfection, a fantastic taste with very little lingering after taste. By far the best I have tasted and my favourite.
- Mr Wise, 24th Dec '12
A fantastic drop. Prefer over others in its class.
- anonymous, 12th Dec '12
A lovely malt, & you can definitely taste a bit of the sea in this one. Recommended.
- Rick., 22nd Nov '12
Best Malt Ive tried (until the 21 yr old pulteney arrives) very smooth and easy to drink not overly peaty or smokey just a dam good whisky.
- Phil Starkey, 6th Nov '12
Blimey, this is good stuff. Best highland out there for under 25 quid, what more could you ask for? (Apart from a free bottle!)
- anonymous, 26th Jul '12
Wow.....best I've had in a while. No need for ice or water. Love it neat. Will buy again
- Michael H., 4th May '12
Not bad, not bad. Above average in it's class. On par with Balvenie Double Wood.
- Jamie H, 9th Mar '12
Definite tang of brine when you first stick your nose in the glass. Well balanced but unremarkable. Good value for money though at this price!
- Gordon Reeves, 15th Jan '12
not being a great fan of whiskeys in general, and scotch in particular, i approached my birthdat present with caution. What a revalation !! At last, a single malt I can drink and enjoy! To my uneducated palate it is pleasantly smooth but challenges the taste buds to a duel of flavours. I'll certainly be buying more when this bottle is empty, (won't be long ), and may even stretch to the 21 yr version!! Bring it on.
- Pete May (sassanach), 13th Nov '11
Take a sip, close your eyes and allow yourself to be transported to the north coast of Scotland, where a howling cold wind blows, with sea spray and rain hitting your face, then allow this beautiful Whisky to warm you from head to toe. Love it.