The floral, fruity nose gave us – ‘cape gooseberries in a garden centre’, ‘Ribena on the tennis court’, and ‘sabayon among the buttercups’. The palate was juicy, sweet, fruity and zesty – honey and golden syrup, lemon drizzle cake, tinned fruit cocktail, blood orange, marmalade and brandy snaps. On the reduced nose we got honeysuckle and wild-flower meadows, sherbet lemons, clementines, hints of tobacco and new leather sandals. The palate now went down as easy as confectionery – lime pastilles, jelly beans, jam sponge and lemon and poppy seed muffins – a waxy mouth-feel and a warming finish of pepper, peppermint, cinnamon and cardamom.
Cask: First-fill hogshead Age: 9 years Date distilled: January 2012 Alcohol: 58.6% USA allocation: 60 bottles