We found this almost greasy at first; notes of smoked pork scratchings, soot and posh truffle chips. Tarred leather, industrial sooty chimneys, quinine and mustard powder. An immense and boisterous aroma. Water sweeps away this greasy aspect and reveals a remarkably sharp, intense and clean smokiness. Hints of strawberry wine, tiger balm, camphor and lamp oil. The mouth is a melee of Twiglets, campfire ashes, old smoked hessian, peat tablets, Arbroath smokies, old ink wells, iodine drops and burning newspaper. Dilution brings engine oil, tar resins, earthy Mezcal, smouldering heather and many shades of ointment. A business-like, meaty beast of a dram!
Cask: Re-charred hogshead Age: 8 years Date distilled: December 2009 Alcohol: 60.9% USA allocation: 72 bottles