This is a rarity – the nose has very little hint of smoke – vanilla-scentedcandles and patchouli incense – apart from that we got chalky sweets, powder puff, cocoa, white pepper and Victory V’s. We did get gentle smoke, embers and ash on the palate – also gummi bears, pot-pourri, chocolate, liquorice and Trebor mints – quite an enigma. The reduced nose had lime marmalade, root beer, Germoloene, toasted marshmallows, kiln timbers and a coalman’s leather apron. The palate – nutty, cereal and honey sweetness balanced by smoke, burnt sticks and clinker ash. A very enjoyable curiosity, out-performing quite a few older peated drams from Speyside.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 7 years Date distilled: November 2011 Alcohol: 66.2% USA allocation: 60 bottles