An unusually pure expression of these now notoriously funky stocks we thought. The initial nose was all about purity and elegance with ethereal medicines, seawater, dried seaweed and dried herbs in umami broth. Beyond that we also noted petrol, green olives and samphire in salted butter. With reduction it became more powerfully saline and sharp with salted dried fish, flash fried calamari, salt and pepper squid, smoked red chilli, crushed aspirin and English mustard powder. The neat palate was sharply medicinal again, with pure seawater, smoked sea salt, pickling brine and white hot peat embers. Reduction brought out tartar sauce, briny capers, pink sea salt, iodine drops, aniseed distillate, TCP and smoked paprika.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 9 years Date distilled: March 2012 Alcohol: 58.6% USA allocation: 108 bottle