This one displayed a lovely elegance at first nosing. Clean fabrics and linens with pontefract cakes, sorrel, sandalwood, parsley, icing sugar, cake mix and underripe melon. With reduction the floral aspects were elevated - carnations and geraniums - and there were notes of white chocolate, pistachios, young calvados and farm style perry. The mouth was full of tart raw rhubarb coated with brown sugar, sour cherry beer, mint tea, lemon verbena and sweetened herbal teas. With reduction the profile was easy, mellow and fruity. Lots of pink wafer biscuits, lemon lozenges, milk bottle sweets, lemon barley water and pear cordial.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: March 2012 Alcohol: 63.6% USA allocation: 84 bottles