Standing at the fishing harbour we filled our lungs with the evocative aromas of sea salt, rock pools and lobster nets. The sweetness of brioche bread fused with irresistible applewood smoke, as oily smoked salmon and mackerel arrived on a bed of sugared seaweed. A refreshing haze of vinegar sizzled into the air as it was sprinkled over hot beer battered fish. The palate carried the intense and sweet smoke of a beach bonfire as burnt toffee melted with thick tar. The taste of the sea became summarised by fresh oysters with sweet vinaigrette served with a glass of fino sherry. A framework of driftwood surrounded the finish alongside the distant whiff of burning gorse.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: September 2007 Alcohol: 55.6% USA allocation: 96 bottles