Initially we got soft, fragrant smokiness tinged with wispy farmyard notes. Things like old iron railings, abandoned tractors and gutters full of rainwater and leaf mulch all came to mind. Also smashed slates, hot coal embers and starched linens scented with distant peat smoke. With water came bog myrtle, anthracite, oily sheep wool, metallic paints and pork sausages with sage. The mouth was initially full of coal tar soap, lanolin, smoky heather ales, olive oil and bacon lardons frying on a hot iron skillet. A sense of steel wool doused in soy sauce. Water added hot cross buns drizzled with mercurochrome, smoked olives, pasta water and aniseed sweeties. A drizzle of natural tar liqueur in the aftertaste.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 7 years Date distilled: September 2013 Alcohol: 61.5% USA allocation: 120 bottles