At first sniff we entered a fresh green landscape – grass, mint, green fruits (apple, gooseberry, grape, lime) – a bit like sipping margaritas at the bowling green. A delicious set of flavours tantalised our tastebuds – sherbet lemons and blood orange sorbet, Brazil nuts and something vaguely medicinal (cough syrup?); followed by gentle strains of white pepper, oak and dry spices on the finish. The reduced nose had fresh laundry dancing in an orchard - rose water, bergamot, marzipan, plum jam, coconut and pine. The palate became lip-smackingly juicy and quaffable – lemon juice on cooked pears, tropical fruit punch and honey drizzled on dried fruits.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 9 years Date distilled: May 2011 Alcohol: 57.6% USA allocation: 90 bottles