A typically left-field nose initially, we noted acrylic, vinyl, colouring crayons, clay, play dough and wet fabrics. Then lanolin, aniseed, and earthy notes with a hint of wintergreen. Old school charming weirdness. With water we got waxed paper, white flowers, chalk, oatmeal and bread dough. An evolution more towards the raw, natural ingredients that is very charming. The neat palate was oily, mechanical, full of brake fluid, tool box rags, hessian, mineral oils and lots of drying peppery spices. Reduction brought out cooking oils, sharper citric notes, more soft medicinal and herbal notes, and soft notes of metal polish and dried tarragon.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 10 years Date distilled: March 2011 Alcohol: 62.7% USA allocation: 72 bottles