An initial aroma of burning gorse, wood char, farmyard, black pepper, smoky bacon fries, lemon rind and smoked cereals is made more intriguing when reduced by notes of smoked grist, freshly milled oats, lime oil, hawthorne and warm, smoky wort. The palate displays a sourdough autolytic aspect with green peppercorns, kiln smoke, pineapple jelly, grilled peaches, tarry rope, green olives and sunflower oil. A splash of water loosens things up with unexpected notes of cheese on toast, brown butter, muscovado sugar, toasted seeds and aged ointments. A wee rollercoaster of a dram.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 14 years Date distilled: March 2006 Alcohol: 60.4% USA allocation: 84 bottles