The initial nose wafted vanilla, hibiscus tea and flowers, then intense lemon, baked apples, glace cherries and golden sultanas, with honey and white chocolate sweetness. The palate continued the apple and lemon themes, but also found spice (Indian curry, star anise) and menthol and eucalyptus - ‘the tastiest mouthwash ever’. Water sweetened the nose (fondant-filled chocolate, vanilla slice, salt-water taffy), while the fruit became strawberry, blueberry, plum jam and rhubarb crumble. The reduced palate found butterscotch and butter icing and the citrus turned more to orange zest; the finish an intriguing warmth combining Earl Grey tea, black pepper, mint and oak.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 7 years Date distilled: November 2012 Alcohol: 60.7% USA allocation: 72 bottles