Cask No. 113.27

Fun time party greenhouse

Speyside, Spey

The sharpness of sour Belgian gueuze beer at first. Then this morphs into heather ales, meadow flowers, cut grass, beach pebbles, sorrel, freshly milled oats and pollen-laden white lilies. A scatter of banana chips in muesli, dusty malt and vanilla foam. With water there's chestnuts, white balsamic, linseed oil, chopped parsley and chives in a tart vinaigrette and lemon balm. A hint of zingy gooseberry and some ripe star fruit. The palate opens on golden syrup with a kick of green chilli. Then sandalwood, newspaper ink, fresh printer paper, lemon tea, chalk, hibiscus, light medicines and tried tarragon flakes. Water brings out salted toffee, hand lotion, paprika-spiced flatbreads dusted in turmeric, ointment and buttered cereals. The finish suggests beach sand, clover and olive oil. Complex and demanding stuff!

Cask: First-fill barrel
Age: 9 years
Date distilled: June 2010
Alcohol: 60.7%
USA allocation: 54 bottles

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