The initial nose suggested apple pips, pruning roses and sweet earthy tones. Scented fabrics, linens, crushed oatcakes and sweet barley extract. With water we found classical notes of pineapple boiled sweets, banana bread, malt loaf and crystallised stem ginger. The neat palate showed an initial blast of freshness with polo mints, then more typical confectionary notes of jelly beans, red liquorice, and chocolate lime sweets. Beyond that a lick of gooseberry acidity and spicy cinnamon. Water brought out a buttery richness, muddled fresh herbs, Amaretti biscuit, nettles and lemon cough drops.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: March 2009 Alcohol: 65.9% USA allocation: 72 bottles