The nose wafted herbal, slightly medicinal smoke – menthol, mint and eucalyptus, garden bonfires, pine resin and Manuka honey on burnt toast. The palate had an endearing ‘cheeky chappie’ youthfulness – wood smoke, tree bark, light tar and liquorice, Refreshers, lemon and orange sweets, candle wax, coal dust and leather boots. With water, the nose became more maritime – tarry driftwood, lobster creels and storm-tossed seaweed at high tide – also black tea, cereals and vanilla custard slice. The palate now had a pleasant tart and sweet balance (Old English Spangles, Apple Sourz, lemon tea) with a lingering depth of peat smoke, chilli and ginger.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 6 years Date distilled: May 2013 Alcohol: 62.3% USA allocation: 84 bottles