An inviting initial nose of dusty malt bins, barley sugars, lemon cough sweets and putty greeted the Panel. Some softer tones like cafe latte, ground almonds, coffee and walnut cake and caramelising muscovado sugar followed on. An impressive heft and complexity we noted. With reduction we got notes of bitter marmalade, olive oil cake, delicate tobacco leaf, satsuma peel and orange travel sweets. The lighter scent of geraniums in a potting shed. Neat the palate was nutty, rich, and rather heavy for this particular distillery. Peanut brittle, caraway, toasted sunflower seeds and toffee popcorn were all notes. Scotch broth with a hessian garnish! Water enhanced the herbaceous aspects and added corn starch, rapeseed oil, gorse flowers, hot wort and freshly made muesli with dried fruits.
Cask: First-fill hogshead Age: 7 years Date distilled: September 2012 Alcohol: 64.1% USA allocation: 60 bottles