The nose is as delicate as snow melting on Cairngorm heather and as lush and floral as summer Alpine meadows. The palate is a sumptuous high tea of sweet vanilla sponge, lemon drizzle cake, candied orange dipped in dark chocolate, figs and Earl Grey tea. The reduced nose is like enjoying a vanilla ice-cream chocolate wafer in Princes Street Gardens (shrubberies, flower beds, stone monuments and a railway line hidden from view). The reduced palate is easy-drinking – restrained wood and gentle spice, strawberry tarts and vanilla slice – it’s like a cute little fairy cake is flirting with the gingerbread man.
Cask: Refill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: October 2004 Alcohol: 57.0% USA allocation: 72 bottles