USA Exclusive in celebration of Spirit of Speyside Festival 2021
Two panellists were squabbling – dunnage warehouse or fruit cellar? A close thing at first but eventually the fruit triumphed – overripe melon, apples, pears and mango with a squeeze of lime – all quite exotic (also polished wood and tobacco). The taste had white chocolate jazzies, elderflower cordial, aged Meursault and once again that almost unbelievable fruitiness – apricot yoghurt, strawberry, kiwi and physalis. The reduced nose on this ‘commanding dram’ introduced camphor, cinnamon, lavender honey and charred oak to the magnificent mountain of fruit. On the palate now, we revisited a fruit bomb so juicy there wasn’t a dry chin in the house.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 18 years Date distilled: May 2002 Alcohol: 49.3% USA allocation: 121 bottles