A fresh sea breeze blew over crumbling chalk cliffs and onto barnacles on fishing boats before whipping up clouds of coal dust and icing sugar that coated lemon meringue pie topped with bacon. Herbal flavours took a medicinal influence with a sweet, barbecued stickiness like an old grill tray as fruit kebabs and chestnuts toasted in applewood smoke. A saltier temperament emerged with water, now with brine, sea air and crab meat dressed in fresh herbs. Coal dust remained on the palate but now at the harbour with lobster pots and smoked salmon. A lovely sweetness complemented smoked ham like honey on pork chops before we finished with a haggis on the loose in a pine forest.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: March 2007 Alcohol: 58.3% USA allocation: 90 bottles