Sweet juicy langoustines were being grilled on a hickory wood fire on the beach and while we waited, we spooned up spicy, creamy bisque with freshly baked sourdough bread. On the palate neat surprisingly mellow with wisps of lavender smoke and tea tree oil, while in the finish finely diced chillies in a barbeque glaze with aniseed. Water added the smell of a smoke infused damp jumper which reminded us of George Campbell Hay’s poem ‘The Smoky Smirr O Rain’ (smirr being Scottish for fine, drifting rain). The taste was that of a smoky fruits de mer platter followed by sea-buckthorn meringue with sorbet and shortbread – very pleasing indeed.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 10 years Date distilled: November 2009 Alcohol: 56.7% USA allocation: 120 bottles