The smell of soft exotic fruits and vanilla-scented blossom wafted through Highland pine forests, merging with aromas of pine needles and wood. A lively palate combined prickly ginger and lemon sherbet with the peppery warmth of chillies and nasturtium leaves before whipped cream arrived with jam and buttered scones. Water released a sweeter array of stewed rhubarb, raspberries and green apples along with sandalwood incense and orange liqueur. Strawberries, peaches and cherries combined with honeysuckle as cedarwood complimented lemongrass and lime. Flavours now brought a wave of bitter citrus oils over singed creme brûlée and butter biscuits before pine sap and birch bark bound to black coffee on the finish.
Cask: First-fill hogshead Age: 8 years Date distilled: January 2012 Alcohol: 58.9% USA allocation: 102 bottles