A brilliant nose that initially suggested creosote on a fence, peat smoke drifting through hay bales, creel nets and carbolic acidity. Myriad seashore and coastal notes. Water shifts things decisively towards the farmyard with tractor engines, oily rags, hot peaty draff and boiler fumes. The palate had a wonderful initial mouthfeel with well chiselled smoke tangled up with citrus peels. Also surprisingly sweet with sweet peat smoke. Water added a menthol dimension, along with liquorice, coal dust, burnt toffee and bonfire embers.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 14 years Date distilled: March 2007 Alcohol: 58.4% USA allocation: 132 bottles