Cask No. 73.123

A carpenter’s break

Speyside, Deveron

We tramped across blooming heather to the workshop of a carpenter who specialised in spice racks; he put coffee beans in the grinder and served us coconut caramel logs and apple granny cake. On the palate, sweet notes (honey, toffee, chocolate fondants) were followed by woody warmth – spiced poached pears, sugar-coated fennel seeds, white pepper and paprika. The reduced nose supplied banana loaf with walnuts, granola, a wooden tobacco box, jasmine and eucalyptus twigs. The reduced palate warmed us soothingly with carrot cake, brown sugar cinnamon toast, ginger biscuits and coltsfoot rock; breathy suggestions of menthol and mint to finish.

Cask: First-fill barrel
Age: 10 years
Date distilled: March 2011
Alcohol: 63.1%
USA allocation: 108 bottles

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