This nose was a curious and eccentric conundrum - earthy bass notes of pepper, burnt twigs, tarry wood and salty sweetness growled resonantly with sugared almonds and meatballs, yet we also found trills, triplets and tremolos of fruit (pomegranate, banana, wine gums) and even flowers. The palate also had this odd salty/sweet combination – chocolate, toffee and ice-cream ricocheting off sea-salt, sardine and salted caramel. The reduced nose suggested salt and vinegar crisps, lavender and a Bloody Mary sprinkled with celery salt. The palate remained mouth-tingling, with dark honey, salt and wood – odd as three different socks – but very tasty.
Drinking tip: Something to keep you amused while preparing dinner (or washing socks).
Colour: Suffused new gold Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 14 years Date distilled: April 2000 Alcohol: 54.6% USA allocation: 96 bottles