The nose – zingy, effervescent and intriguing – had melon, grape and raspberry prosecco, plus occasional touches of polished wood. The palate offered lively bramble, blackcurrant and salted pineapple, then toffee apple, cinnamon Danish and Walnut Whip sweetness, all finely balanced by cask-derived flavours of liquorice, nutmeg and clove. The reduced nose combined runny honey and chocolate mint cracknel with toasted coconut and a jenga tower of fresh staves. Eminently drinkable, the palate now gave us lip-smacking ice-lolly and raisiny sweetness over a pleasantly tingling, spicy, oaky under-structure. A lively, clean, spicy fruit symphony.
Drinking tip: A summery, uplifting dram.
Colour: Varnished pine Cask: Refill butt Age: 14 years Date distilled: September 2001 Alcohol: 57.6% USA allocation: 90 bottles