A rich simmer of roast coffee beans, bonfire smoke, burning haystacks, flambeed steak, mint sauce, black tea, tarry hessian, bandages and sack cloth soaked in Germoline. Hints of screen wash, mutton stew, sheep wool, olive oil, pine resin, ham hock terrine and root beer. Water brings raw peat, dunnage, anchovies, black olives, wholemeal smoked pita bread and graphite oil. The palate is riddled with kippers, smoked salmon, horseradish, smoked tea, spiced peanuts and hot sauce. An oil slick on a smoked carpet. With water it's initially like sucking a copper coin, then crab sticks, fermenting hay, sourdough starter, aspirin, goat cheese rolled in ash, Lambic ale, aged medicines and spiced charcuterie. Mental and magical!
Cask: Re-charred hogshead Age: 9 years Date distilled: December 2009 Alcohol: 63.7% USA allocation: 72 bottles