We found a clean, attractive nose of vanilla ice-cream with toffee sauce, raspberry pavlova, cookie dough, white chocolate and lemon cup-cakes – also hints of meadowsweet and elderflower. The palate delivered zesty notes (cranberry, lemon with white rum), bubble-gum, chocolate toffee éclair sweetness and wood-derived flavours of oak shavings, ground ginger, pepper and liquorice. The reduced nose had subtle intimations of apple tarte tatin, sherbet straws, Starburst, marmalade and jasmine. The palate became a softer sweet and sour experience – Haribos, pear-drops, soft mints, bramble cheesecake and tinned peach Eton mess before wood and charred green pepper to finish.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: April 2011 Alcohol: 59.1% USA allocation: 78 bottles