The sweet peat scent of smoked Bourbon vanilla beans combined with gentle wood smoke and the best potting soil for garden plants made this a heart-warming experience. On the palate your heartbeat will go up a couple of notches as it was absolutely massive – huge waves of smoke followed by juicy tropical fruits and a salty, slightly dry, finish! Where did that come from? Recovered, we added water and found ourselves on the coast with smoked haddock, sweet langoustines and a Japanese seaweed salad. Now a lot more rounded and manageable to taste as the smoke was still big but more balanced with the fruitiness and the sweetness - think of muesli with heavily peated cereal.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 9 years Date distilled: March 2011 Alcohol: 63.2% USA allocation: 120 bottles