Welcomed by a sweetly fragrant nose of jasmine, rose petals and lily of the valley we gently moved towards tinned peaches in syrup, vanilla sponge cake and rhubarb and custard sweets. A tingly mouthfeel of crystallised ginger and strawberry sherbet surrounded nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves before the arrival of green apples, gooseberries and fresh sawdust. Fragrant aromas remained with water but were now joined by the juicy fruits of pineapple, dried mango and pears in golden syrup. Fresh coconut and oak combined with a green sourness as we moved onto the palate bound by popcorn, vanilla and tropical juice. However, care should be taken with water as we found it to accentuate the firm grip of dry and woody tannins.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: November 2012 Alcohol: 60.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles