The nose insinuated fruity sweets (wine gums, cherry Tunes) but its core was herbal, mineral, cleansing smoke in an American Indian sweat lodge – one panellist got a cigar-smoking artist in his studio. The palate was rather dark, deep and mystic – bramble jam sweetness against ash, tar and liquorice root. Water shifted the nose to a softer, sweeter place (vanilla, fresh fruit salad) but nonetheless the impression was an island blackhouse with creosoted fence, roofing felt on a wooden coal bunker and sheep dip nearby. The reduced palate struck a reasonable balance between fruity sweetness (candied orange, limeade) and lively, medicinal smoke.
Cask: Refill barrel Age: 21 years Date distilled: April 1995 Alcohol: 56.4% USA allocation: 48 bottles