The sweetly perfumed and attractive nose whispered to us of cedar, sandalwood and rose, summer picnics in flower meadows and waxed jackets in a candle shop. To taste, caramel wafer and vanilla sweetness was out-performed by the perfumed elements – ‘all scent-wearing ladies, gin parlours and nail bars’. Some spicy, spirity heat was also evident – chilli chocolate, caraway, clove, pepper and horseradish. The reduced nose had a variety of aromatics – laurel bush, Simnel cake, Kummel and After Eight mints. The reduced palate was unusual but very pleasant – rose bud tea, sweet vermouth, herbal cigarettes and lavender in a lingerie drawer.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 11 years Date distilled: March 2005 Alcohol: 57.1% USA allocation: 60 bottles