The nose combined sweet, savoury and smoky aromas – toasted marshmallows, toffee, golden syrup on buttered toast, honey-cured bacon in a cast-iron skillet and a smouldering autumnal bonfire (including burning eucalyptus). The palate discovered Turkish delight and chocolate sweetness, Twiglets and salted pistachios and again that garden bonfire; then soot, tobacco, chilli and charred twigs to finish. The reduced nose found Fisherman's Friends in an oilskin pocket, waxed leather, Arbroath smokies, chimneys, rock-pools and beef dripping melting on an Aga. The palate got agave syrup and olives in brine, smoked sausage dipped in honey, ashtrays and Hoegaarden beer – ‘magnificently manky!’ someone said.
Cask: Refill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: November 2008 Alcohol: 59.9% USA allocation: 120 bottles