The nose opened with dry earth and parchment paper with the feel of dusty leather. Dried herbs combined with oak sawdust before droplets of rain began to splash off blackberries and redcurrants and trickle down flower stems. Raindrops morphed into melted butter as they found their way to dried apricots dusted with fine sugar. The palate warmed with nutmeg led spice and a creamy demeanour that wandered through brandy butter before settling on a mixture of dark chocolate and white chocolate on puffed rice. Water beckoned floral aromas of primrose, lavender and rose but again doused by fresh droplets of rain. Lemon barley water combined with herbal tones on the palate before a racy edge delivered kaffir lime and a finish of porridge oats.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: March 2008 Alcohol: 58.1% USA allocation: 60 bottles