A stunning nose! We found an immediate density of sweetness, like smoked honey infused with heather ales, wild forest flowers, petrichor and tree bark. The denseness of fatty game meats, damp mosses, earthiness, herbal teas and fragrant jasmine. Water brought a brittle, metallic peat smoke, black pepper, anchovy paste and hessian. Some old-school farmyard notes along with peppery waxiness and dusty old coal scuttles. The palate was thick and sweet, like aged mead and notes of herbal cough medicines, natural tar extracts and punchy herbal bitter notes - like a 1950s bottle of Fernet Branca. Water brought out gentian eau de vie, tarragon, medical embrocations and brilliantly old-style, herbal and waxy peat. Stunning evolution and complexity! Matured for 21 years in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a second fill port hogshead.
Cask: Second-fill Port hogshead Age: 23 years Date distilled: October 1997 Alcohol: 53.5% USA allocation: 132 bottles