Whisky Advocate gives complete tasting notes for whiskies that score 84 points or more on their 100 point scale. 90-94 is considered "outstanding: a whisky of superior character and style." Reviewer Shane English rated Colkegan Cask Strength Single Malt 90, writing "up front, this whiskey is ripe and bright, showing pears, grape juice, and a light tropicality on the nose. The in-your-face fruit notes are held in check by a light spicy smokiness and faint but present honey. The palate doubles down on spice, delivering cinnamon candies with a dusty and earthy kiss of smoke. The finish is spice-forward with more cinnamon and a light dried herb character."