The nose suggested an odd juxtaposition of nectarines and peaches with hickory smoked bacon – we also got pickled jalapenos, haggis crisps and burning garam masala in the background. Tasting it – ‘Wow!’ said one panellist; ‘A bit of a beast’ said another (meant as a compliment!) Honey and tinned pineapple sweetness, but with wood char and ash, interesting savoury notes (barbecued baby back ribs, pigs in blankets) and warm spices (hot sauce, smoked paprika). The reduced nose was a curious journey – creosote, freshly-laid road tar and burning gorse. The palate now found cinnamon, clove, aniseed, liquorice and plentiful puffs of savoury smoke.
Cask: Re-charred hogshead Age: 10 years Date distilled: November 2010 Alcohol: 60.0% USA allocation: 120 bottles