A complex nose of jasmine, hibiscus flowers, refreshers, delicate waxiness and a fluttering fan-waft of fruity aromas – dried mango, peaches, raspberry and Kir Royale. It had a fruity palate too – strawberry, cherry, redcurrants, pomegranate, lemon and young calvados – plus wild flowers and gorse, wood and tobacco. The intriguingly aromatic theme continued with water – rose gardens, Earl Grey tea and beeswax – and still cascading down that fruit chute – pineapple syrup, lemon curd, fruit leathers and raspberry Ruffle bars. The reduced palate – tutti frutti, juicy fruit chewing gum, guava, and apple crumble with custard – then sugar-coated fennel seeds, tea chests and pink peppercorns to finish.
Cask: Re-charred hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: August 2007 Alcohol: 59.2% USA allocation: 48 bottles