The nose is like sinking into a honeypot full of cloves and allspice. Inside there’s also freshly eviscerated vanilla pods, quince jelly, plum wine, pear tart tatin and many tropical fruit syrups. In time it becomes wonderfully mentholated with resinous herbal notes and hints of red kola and lime leaf. Reduction brings out bubblegum, black tea sweetened with brown sugar, dried mango and hints of ivy and chamomile. The palate immediately displays Kendal mint cake, blackcurrant jam, dark chocolate, dandelion & burdock, old tobacco, sarsaparilla root, clover and medicine balls. Quite sublime. With water there’s jasmine, juniper, pink peppercorns, grape must, old Calvados, many dried flowers, pot pourri, incense and lapsang souchong. Exquisite and beautiful whisky.
Cask: First-fill barrique, shaved/toasted/re-charred Age: NAS (non-age statement) Date distilled: NAS Alcohol: 58.3% USA allocation: 30 bottles