A subtle nose of cinnamon buns, Turkish delight, muscle rub and ‘a smouldering cigar in an artist’s studio’ (tobacco leaf and linseed oil). The palate had a waxy texture and flavours of dark cherries, waxed sweets (e.g. rhubarb rock), walnut oil, tobacco and raisins soaked in cognac. A drop of water shifted the nose towards sharp fruits (stewed rhubarb and lemon squeezed over fish cooked on a beach barbeque). The reduced palate had rum and raisin ice cream, starfruit and balsamic glaze. There was only the most delicate wisp of smoke but lots of coastal suggestions – ‘like sipping whisky from an oyster shell’.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 26 years Date distilled: September 1994 Alcohol: 51.5% USA allocation: 90 bottles