The nose is attractively optimistic – spring meadows, vanilla, custard creams, beeswax – imagine enjoying a fancy sundae in an ice-cream parlour (maybe on new wood tables). Sweet fruitiness hits the palate – marshmallow, meringue, rum baba, dried apple, papaya and pineapple – but it has to arm-wrestle with mouth-flooding heat – fresh pineapple sprinkled with salt and chilli; liquorice and aniseed on the finish. The reduced nose is fresher – laundry, lemon and lime sorbet, raspberries in a wooden bowl, paint, putty and jasmine tea. The palate loses its fire – poached pear, white grape and banana cheesecake; the finish now floral and herbal with liquorice allsorts.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 10 years Date distilled: November 2007 Alcohol: 58.9% USA allocation: 60 bottles