We encountered a fruity nose, leaning towards the citric – blood orange, lemon meringue pie, gooseberries, juicy pears and plums; also flower meadows, salted caramel, Bakewell tart and sun-warmed oak. The palate, true to that promise, gave a sweet citric burst of green apple, pear drops, bitter lemon, cherry Tunes and fruit pastilles; then light after-tingles of perfumed wood and leather. The reduced nose had a newly-opened biscuit assortment, ginger ale, marzipan and fresh-cut hay. The palate was ‘luscious, rounded, silky, sensuous and sophisticated’ – honey, boiled sweets and fruit tarts, fresh floral flavours and a lip-smacking finish of crystallised ginger and oak.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 17 years Date distilled: February 2004 Alcohol: 55.5% USA allocation: 90 bottles