Tart citrus aromas of kumquat and lime mixed with sweet orange fondant and digestive biscuits while a perfumed fragrance brought delicate rosewater and gorse bushes in bloom. The palate was vibrant and fresh with a peppery spice that tingled and danced on the tongue as popping candy merged with fresh mint leaves. Sweet fragrance remained but now with scented beeswax, banana skins and toasted pine nuts. Water brought us Oriental steamed buns filled with sweet bean curd and vanilla while quince jelly and nectarines continued a citrus feel. Finally, paper envelopes had been skilfully folded into decorative flowers to garnish rice wine as we enjoyed peppermint tea and dried papaya.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: March 2008 Alcohol: 59.1% USA allocation: 60 bottles