Salt, brine and limestone combined with damp and earthy smoke that bellowed from an old chimney while below chestnuts and cereals roasted on the peat-fuelled fire. A wave of sweetness then crushed the flames and washed gravel up the shore with a bounty of heather honey, lavender sweets and strawberry chews. After a dash of fresh water we found ourselves floating in an outdoor swimming pool among muddled mint leaves, malted cereals and freshly painted beach huts. Sweetness escalated into marshmallows and icing sugar to balance the return of burnt grains and dry smoke. A spicy back-note of cassia bark and cajun pepper tingled away before Lapsang souchong tea joined eucalyptus on the finish. In 2017 we combined selected hogsheads before returning the single malt to a variety of different casks to develop further. This is one of those casks.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: January 2008 Alcohol: 61.2% USA allocation: 102 bottles