Highly polished on the nose. Bags of fresh varnish, putty, lemon air freshener, bubblegum, bouquet garni, turmeric, lapsang souchong, vanilla cheesecake, fruity red chilli and chopped mint. Water eases things into softer territories. Lots of salted flatbread drenched in olive oil, earthy hummus, fresh paint, curry leaf and hint of tutti fruitti lushness. To taste it’s all on sweetened hessian, dried lavender, hot BBQ sauce, tobasco spiced popcorn, buttermints, spiced liquorice, herbal chewing gum and smashed Oreo cookies. A big, rollocking beast of a whisky. Add water and you get cherry lipstick, smouldering pine cones, battenberg cake, herb-infused oils, face cream and wild sorrel. A mushroomy earthiness pokes it’s way out between the spicy oak and pithy citrus peels.
Cask: Second-fill Blue corn whiskey barrique Age: 3 years Date distilled: April 2015 Alcohol: 63.6% USA allocation: 60 bottles