Unmistakable sweetness on the nose – sticky dates, honeycomb, strawberry milk-shake and salted caramel – but other aromas added to the complexity and sophistication – we passed a housekeeping trolley in a hotel lobby (perfumed soaps, fresh laundry, cleaning stuff and confectionery) on our way to the spa. The palate was amazing – caramel, vanilla,rich toffee, Crunchie bars and waffles, but with sharp, fizzy pear sorbet and popping candy as one counterpoint and mouth-drawing toasted oak and leather as another. The reduced nose was indulgent and rewarding – like standing between an Arran Aromatics shop and an ice-cream parlour. The palate – elegant, tasty and complex.
Drinking tip: To enjoy while luxuriating in a hotel bath – or for Valentines – or for both together.
Colour: Golden marigold Cask: Refill barrel Age: 25 years Date distilled: January 1990 Alcohol: 56.2% USA allocation: 36 bottles