Introduced by a salty twang the nose discovered rich oils from sardines and mackerel as they sizzled in a pan of melted salted butter until it smoked and blackened in the heat. Burning heather produced a perfumed smog that echoed shades of oily orange skin and the sticky gloss of glace cherries. The palate evolved this sweeter strategy into honey and currants, perhaps taking in a barbequed glaze before diving head-first into a tin of smoked fruit salad. Ever-present waves of delicate floral perfume weaved around fresh fennel and sticky liquorice that merged into tar covered ropes on a finish that returned to salt and sweet smoke.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: July 2006 Alcohol: 58.4% USA allocation: 90 bottles