A surprisingly rich and emphatically dense aroma full of putty, clay, soot, wood embers, chalk dusters, heather flowers, old ink wells and malt extract. Wonderfully full and showing maturity beyond its years. With water we found old copper kettles, grass, nettle tea, rosehip, white rice miso and plain pistachios. Notes of lemon vitamin tablets in soda water and crushed oatcakes. The neat palate was wonderfully full in texture and elegantly drying. White stout ales mixed with butter biscuits, hibiscus, wintergreen, grassy olive oil and things like putty, wax jacket grease and mustard powder. Reduction brought earl grey tea, rich heather ales, hot cross buns, cinnamon boiled sweets, bitter herbs, aniseed and tasted fennel seed.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: May 2012 Alcohol: 60.5% USA allocation: 108 bottles