It was immediately fruity with a juicy punch of tangerine, pineapple chunks in syrup and baked apple sprinkled with brown sugar. The fruit combined with a buttery note like scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam but also sweet brioche bread and almond croissants. The palate warmed the soul with citric heat and cooling menthol before caramel and vanilla combined with honeycomb crunch and the suggestion of perfumed tobacco. Water revealed pine forest floors and pickled ginger whilst the cream tea had transformed into lime cheesecake. The finish carried exotic spices and star anise with the lingering memory of banana whipped cream and bitter lemon.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 9 years Date distilled: October 2007 Alcohol: 61.2% USA allocation: 84 bottles