Cask No. G5.14

Decadent perfume of paradise

Highland, Northern

The nose invited us to lounge about on a haystack with a root beer ice-cream float which has additional hints of banana toffee, bourbon and vanilla pods. The palate had a similar effect – brown sugar sprinkled on banoffee pie, shimmerings of rum and coconut, and a finish of dusty wood and spiced sweets (ginger, aniseed, clove). The reduced nose transported us to a tropical island – cane sugar, vanilla pods, rum and gardenia blossoms – ‘a sweetly decadent perfume of paradise’. The palate now supplied dark chocolate, caramelised sugar, Madeira molasses cake and intriguing apothecary notes – once again a spicy finish, now nutmeg and wasabi.

Cask: Second-fill barrel
Age: 16 years
Date distilled: December 2003
Alcohol: 64.3%
USA allocation: 90 bottles

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