A picture of us sitting on a bench in front of an ivy-covered stone wall, lifting a pewter mug full of delicious mead developed in our minds. On the palate neat, the mead started off with a chalky dryness next to herbal spiciness before the sweetness of candyfloss, popping candy and honeydew melon kicked in. After the addition of water, we made ourselves a malty drink by adding hot milk to Ovaltine while we enjoyed buttered crumpets with thick cut marmalade. The taste was now delightfully appealing like a spiced caramel chai, using black tea, cinnamon, almond, orange peel, cardamom and caramel.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: April 2009 Alcohol: 55.6% USA allocation: 72 bottles