The unreduced nose was curiously complex – vanilla ice-cream and creamy toffee, but with fresh floral and herbal notes that spoke of summer hedgerows and cooling Murray Mints. With water it seemed more straightforwardly sweet – eliciting a long list of confectionery – pineapple cubes, sherbet straws, rhubarb rock, etc. The neat palate was an intriguing sweet and tart combination (lemon meringue pie, raspberry jam, dandelion and burdock), but with warming ginger and Liquorice Allsorts spiciness creeping up behind. Like the nose, this also sweetened with water, but retained lemon balm, white pepper and coltsfoot rock to dry out and spice up the finish.
Drinking tip: While solving crossword puzzles.
Colour: Pale yellow Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: October 2002 Alcohol: 58.9% USA allocation: 120 bottles