The nose is a cornucopia of curiosities – gooey chocolate fondants, coconut and mango to start, then cured meats, and finally mustard, horseradish and bonfire embers. The palate brings together sweetness and peatness – cherry chocolates, brown sugar on a smoking side of salmon, rauchbier, liquorice, burning tarry driftwood and bacon sizzling in a skillet. The reduced nose combines custard and banana loaf with sugar-coated fennel seeds, coconut sun cream and a mediaeval turnbrochie’s chimney smoke-infused tunic. The palate still welds together sweet foamy shrimps, pink wafers and chocolate éclairs with more bitter notes of dark chocolate, brine, road tar and acrid smoke.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 11 years Date distilled: March 2010 Alcohol: 62.1% USA allocation: 120 bottles