A curious yet characterful aroma at first nosing, one that included buttered popcorn, rosewater, olive oil, hessian, pumpernickel bread and stout beers. Rather rich and punchy we thought. With water we found sunflower oil, new leather, petrol and candy floss. Entertainingly diverse as it went along. The arrival in the mouth was prickly and spicy with turmeric, tannic jasmine tea, hessian, chopped hazelnuts and sharp citric acidity. Some water brought deeper and richer tones of butter beans, olive oil, white pepper, aniseed and fire roasted red peppers. Then cough medicines and nettle tea.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: April 2013 Alcohol: 60.8% USA allocation: 60 bottles