Our noses were tickled by pepper, mustard, straw mats andsawdust, but it settled to jellied fruits, blackcurrant chews, orange jelly, fruity toffee, tinned pineapple and syrup sponge with custard. With water, those black pepper clouds parted and the sun shone on ripened orchard fruits (apple, pear, peach, apricot, cherry). The palate offered a warm peppery tingle, hinting at nutmeg and chilli; we also found honey, toffee, fruit pastilles, blackcurrant, lemon, ice lolly sticks and some biscuity dryness. In reduction, fruits of the forest were balanced nicely by hints of humbug, pepper, liquorice, leather and tea. Cromdale cratur with convincing character.
Drinking tip: A holiday dram – but not abroad and not four star – more like camping or caravanning (unmatchable joys and interesting challenges).
Colour: Yellow gold Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: October 2001 Alcohol: 55.5% USA allocation: 72 bottles