This shape-shifting dram spent four years in ex-bourbon wood before being transferred into a second-fill toasted hogshead. The nose balanced maple syrup pancakes, lemon toffee and green apple with bacon, deep-fried boquerones and old harbour-side creels. The palate conjured memories of trying to light beach bonfires with paper and straw; the chalky, dry finish had pickled ginger and wasabi, burnt sage, clove and hessian. The reduced nose added pinecones and driftwood to the fire; then rockpools, sacks of whelks and eating grilled prawns on the jetty. The palate combined lemon squeezed over barbecued mackerel, ginger biscuits, over-done custard Danish pastries and wood smoke.
Cask: Second-fill toasted oak hogshead Age: 7 years Date distilled: October 2013 Alcohol: 60.5% USA allocation: 126 bottles