The nose was complex and interesting – sweet and spicy with some cosmetics and light struck match, plus an array of outdoor impressions (earthy, grassy, ripe fruits, wood sap, twigs and riverbanks). It seemed fresher with water (peach melba yoghurt, leaf mould, washing blowing in the breeze) though one panellist got a rugby player’s kit-bag. The palate however had massive, intense sweetness and mouth-scorching peppery, ginger heat – panellists reported Vimto concentrate and rhubarb dipped in brown sugar. With water, we found toffee, butterscotch, Old English spangles and ice-cream soda, with a few more masculine hints of mint tic-tacs, old wood and allotments.
Drinking tip: Benefits from water and the attraction is mostly in the taste – a drinker’s, rather than a sniffer’s, dram
Colour: Golden retriever puppy Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 14 years Date distilled: September 2000 Alcohol: 57.3% USA allocation: 120 bottles