The nose is a breath of Spring – honey, flowers, lemon sweets and vanilla sponge, gradually drifting towards cinder toffee, polished wood, cardamom and wax on hessian. The palate enjoys an initial citric bite of lemon barley water, bitter lemon and pomegranate, followed by chewing pencils in a barbershop (wax, after-shave, leather) or at a dentist's (mouthwash, clove). The reduced nose is a garden stroll through flower beds, greenery and pines; also juicy fruit pastilles, treacle tart, chocolate Brazils and manuka honey. The reduced palate has jam tarts, custard, fruit salad and sultanas; followed by gingerbread, curry, five-spice and spiced chutney heat.
Cask: First-fill hogshead Age: 8 years Date distilled: November 2012 Alcohol: 62.9% USA allocation: 120 bottles