The complex nose held juicy pineapple and watermelon; vanilla fudge and puff candy; then thyme and sage in a potting shed. The palate’s main thrust delivered honey, Danish pastries, mango pudding with custard, Starburst and Skittles – the finish had clean oak, lemon peel and white pepper. The reduced nose returned to a fruity dimension – stewed apples, ripe pears and lime flavoured fondant sweets – other comments included wildflowers, rosewater, gorse and hawthorn; candied angelica on sponge cake and vending machine gumballs. The palate tasted older than the stated age – juniper, limoncello, gewürztraminer and perfumed cigarettes; spearmint Softmints, oak and vanilla.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: April 2008 Alcohol: 60.9% USA allocation: 60 bottles