Thick plumes of smoke filled the nose as piles of wet leaves smouldered in the heat of the bonfire. Through the bellowing clouds came a subtle complexity that portrayed the floral spice of carnation and nasturtium with lily of the valley and sweet fennel seeds floating happily in the citric appeal of earl grey tea. With water a more maritime mood moved in as oily mackerel and sardines complemented the clean salt of glistening rock pools. The palate echoed a sweet resonance that bounced between smoked fudge and orange liqueur before being lost in a strong brew of lapsang souchong tea. A light dusting of smoked paprika balanced the finish as reverberations of new oak could be heard from the distance.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: July 2006 Alcohol: 57.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles