Coal in a cardboard box, head up a massive, industrial and punchy nose. Full of brake fluid, WD40, chlorine, plasters in a swimming pool, coal scuttle, gauze, mercurochrome, plasticine, TCP, hot charcoal and warm tar. With water there’s ash-rolled goat cheese, lemon juice, smoked fish, cullen skink, deep heat, burning driftwood, a petrol station fourcourt, creosote, Mezcal and camphor. The mouth opens with big, herbal peat, as if the peat was not fully dried. Earthy, salty, cod liver oil, salty Greek yoghurt, carbon paper, frying bacon lardons, mustard, fishing nets, hot crab meat and pine resin. With water there’s smoked ham, throat lozenges, hot kiln air, salted butter and freshly peated malt.
Cask: Second-fill hogshead Age: 8 years Date distilled: February 2011 Alcohol: 57.4% USA allocation: 66 bottles