Wet cereals, mixed toasted grains, light hessian, honeyed porridge, old rope, oily cloth and white pepper greet the nostrils first. Followed by lamp oil, desiccated coconut, sweet esters and a greenhouse full of geraniums. A slice of French toast lingers somewhere in the depths. Water unearths notes of talcum powder, hair gel and shea butter with wood char, lemon balm and slightly meaty salami note. The mouth is surprisingly oily in texture. Some curious smoked tea notes alongside buttered brioche, kaffir lime leaf, curry powder and chamois leather. Reduction adds throat sweets, mascarpone, mustard oil, caraway and vanilla ice cream.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 30 years Date distilled: November 1987 Alcohol: 52.4% USA allocation: 32 bottles