The nose was immediately appealing, a delightful amalgamation of roses, carnations and butterscotch with fruit biscuits, apricot jam and toasted nuts. After an initial explosion of chilli heat on the palate, waves of fruit salad, apple crumble and toffee popcorn arrived drizzled with sticky syrup while the finish was much drier with herbs and pine sap. With a dash of water came aromas of green grass with toasted cereals and dry straw. Mango and melon delivered juicy fruits while custard was served over now singed apple crumble and malted biscuits. A theme of juicy fruits and syrup continued on the palate but now with the addition of stone fruits, cocoa nibs and nut husks on the dry finish.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 18 years Date distilled: February 2003 Alcohol: 58.6% USA allocation: 66 bottles