A heavy waft of fine ladies perfume and scented hand cream instilled a sense of opulence as we sipped on camomile tea with honey. Vibrant geranium and fuchsia flowers mingled with rose flavoured icing on a thick wedge of marzipan whilst juniper berries and elderflower suggested the arrival of fruity gin cocktails. Refreshments were welcome as sunshine beamed down on dry hay and we felt the heat of chilli and ginger. A touch of mandarin joined honey and cream on strawberries with a cool glass of grape juice before richer notes appeared with raisons and exceedingly dark chocolate. The dry spice of rye bread carried through to the finish where it was joined by well-seasoned wood.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: January 2006 Alcohol: 57.8% USA allocation: 72 bottles