A wall of preserved lemons, brine and smoked mussels dusted with wood ash greets the nostrils at first. Then flaming hospitals, iodine-soaked gauze, sea air, rock pools, burning gorse and paint. Some notes of oysters, seawater and lemon juice follow up more gently. With water there is more iodine, mezcal, kelp, burnt rope, gravel and various ointments and medical tinctures. Kippers over a coal fire. The mouth is, as expected, a vast ocean of peat oils, herbs, seaweed, beach bonfire smoke and salty liquorice. Water adds more lemon juice, green olives, anchovies, smoked mackerel and some herbs de provence.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 10 years Date distilled: September 2008 Alcohol: 60.7% USA allocation: 102 bottles