The nose is essentially fresh and flirtatious – lemon sherbet and lemon puff biscuits, grass and vanilla; deeper notes of fruit loaf and Eccles cakes lurk behind, but are eventually superseded by orange blossom, new oak and pine forests. The palate is a sweet, fruity, citrus zingy thing – lemon and lime sorbet, passion-fruit, orange jelly, fruit Mentos and blackcurrant Tunes; though the after-taste picks up a bit of leather, tobacco, cumin and coriander heat. The reduced nose – vanilla sarsaparilla, apple, pear and ripe blackcurrant. The palate – still fruity (apple pie, blackcurrant jam, gooseberry), but with cheeky pickled ginger and wasabi spiciness later.
Cask: Refill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: September 2009 Alcohol: 59.3% USA allocation: 60 bottles