The panel found soot, wood char and watercress at first nosing. Along with clay ovens, smoked earth and rather typical melee of oils, waxes, herbs, lemon peel and hay loft. Water brought out lemon balm, gorse bush, crushed ivy, fabric, coal tar soap and sheep's wool. A lick of burning heather in the background. It arrives in the mouth with a glistening frying bacon quality. Then notes of grilled artichoke, lemongrass, barley sugar and hay. Some sweet peats, salted peanuts and a mineralic, riesling edge. Dilution revealed a flintier side with white fruits, citrus, flowers, hessian, farmyard qualities and green pepper.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: March 2006 Alcohol: 57.6% USA allocation: 60 bottles