The nose was attractive and aromatic – we were playfully cavorting in flower meadows, enjoying childish pleasures of strawberry marshmallows, fruit salad, vanilla ice-cream, candy necklaces and Jelly Tots – one panellist wouldn’t play and sat aside, huffily sipping dessert wine. The palate’s main theme was fruit – exotic fruits, lemony citrus and tropical punch – but we also found toffee sweetness, warming wood and ginger spice. The reduced nose had more of the exotic fruits (papaya, honeydew melon, peach melba) and enough flowers to excite bee colonies. The palate became fruity and creamy – a Mivvi ice-lolly, with a surprisingly spicy stick at the end.
Drinking tip: Close your eyes and imagine flower meadows – or even palm trees!
Colour: Lemon gold Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: June 2004 Alcohol: 59.9% USA allocation: 84 bottles